Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Energy Conservation Cuts Costs without Capital Investments

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Energy Conservation Cuts Costs without Capital Investments

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When Metroplex Adventist Hospital, Killeen, Texas, experienced a substantial drop in its energy use, the local utility company, Oncor Electric Delivery, decided it was time to investigate.

Thinking the reduction was due to a malfunctioning electric meter, the utility sent an engineer to the hospital to check it out. But the engineer determined that Metroplex was benefiting from a series of conservation measures that it instituted after partnering with Ridgecrest Energy Advisors, Houston.

At Ridgecrest's advice and working with the company's engineering team led by Jeff Hunt, the hospital optimized programming of air-handling units, zoned variable-air volume boxes, chillers, cooling towers, boilers and more. Control programs were automated so that the facility staff did not need to continuously monitor them or make adjustments.

As a result, Metroplex was the winning hospital in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 National Building Competition for energy reduction. The facility currently is in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for energy efficiency, according to Ridgecrest. …

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