Less Is Often More: How Hospitals Are Containing Their Energy Costs

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Timothy Perrin

Efficiency Vermont

Tim Perrin is a Senior Account Manager with Efficiency Vermont, the state’s energy efficiency utility. Over the past decade, he has partnered with Vermont hospitals to help reduce energy costs and improve their bottom lines.

Steve Jalowiec

Hospital Energy

Steve Jalowiec is Vice President for Engineering Services with Hospital Energy, a company specializing in energy procurement and demand side reduction strategies for healthcare.

Tyson Moulton, CHFM, CHC

Director of Facilities, Northwestern Medical Center

Richard Morley

Vice President of Support Services, University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center

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Less Is Often More: How Hospitals Are Containing Their Energy Costs

New England hospitals have been very successful in bending their energy cost curves in recent years, each taking a unique approach to accomplish. Although at face value the activities undertaken may seem distinctive to each hospital, there are consistent methods and best practices that have been utilized by some of the most successful hospitals in reducing energy use. Productive strategies have included:

  • Commitment by the Facilities Director and Executive Sponsorship
  • Assessing Performance & Setting Goals
  • Development of an Energy Action Plan
  • Implementation Support
  • Periodic Evaluation of Progress
  • Recognizing the Achievements of Staff

This panel discussion will draw from the stories and achievements at various New England hospitals — as they’ve developed and formalized their energy management efforts. Panelists will share their philosophies about how they track and manage energy budgets, what motivates their efforts, elements of success, and lessons learned.

Details from each panelist will include where they focused (lighting, HVAC, plug loads, etc.), how they built their game plan, project development & implementation efforts, and measured accomplishments. These energy management programs look comprehensively at all types of energy inputs to the hospital–electricity and heating fuels–as well as what may be on the horizon for incorporating renewables and addressing transportation fuels and uses.

Some hospitals have embraced the tenets of a Continuous Energy Improvement model that is intended to adapt organizational culture to effectively institutionalize energy management activities in the same way site health and safety programs have been deployed. This approach is also substantially data-based through energy benchmarking, setting targets, and truly measuring impacts. Those measurement tools, methods, and considerations will be shared at a high-level as part of the session.

Target audience is hospital facility directors, managers, and supervisors who may be at the formative stages of starting their energy management journey, as well as those already well down the path and looking for new ideas to incorporate into their current framework. Material presented will be mildly technical when sharing some of the distinct projects pursued, and will additionally look to tie together themes and experiences from well-developed energy management programs.