New Hampshire Hospitals Pave the Way in Energy Reduction
Stephanie Buckler, Esq.
Throughout New Hampshire, hospitals have been committing to the Healthier Hospital Initiative’s Leaner Energy Challenge and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and their costs simultaneously. Currently, 19 hospitals in New Hampshire, more than three-fourths of the state’s hospitals, are enrolled in the Initiative with 12 signed on to address leaner energy.
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with three New Hampshire hospitals to gather their stories, challenges, successes and lessons learned. The hospitals include:
- Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene: a 169 bed-acute care community hospital and clinic
- Concord Hospital: a charitable organization and acute-care hospital with 295 licensed beds and 238-staffed beds.
- Monadnock Community Hospital: a small-acute care community hospital with 25 beds.
While differing in size and location, these three hospitals all shared the like-minded goal of improving patient and community health through sustainability initiatives. Within their organizations, they came together as a team including facility staff, C-Suite individuals and others to ensure that they met their goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and costs. They did so through a number of projects including, but not limited to audits, lighting retrofits, alternative fuel mechanisms, and chiller plant optimization. Their programs were highly successful showing that hospitals of all shapes and sizes can benefit from leaner energy work. Specifically:
- Concord Hospital realized $678,976 in guaranteed annual energy savings and reduced its energy usage from 284.2 kBtu/ft2/ year to 211.8 kBtu/ft2/year.
- Cheshire Medical Center/Darmouth-Hitchcock Keene saved a total of $1,895,855 between 2010 and 2014. The facility decreased its energy usage by 30 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent.
- Monadnock Community Hospital saved over 300,000 kWh in three years significantly reducing their costs and carbon footprint.
The full case studies for each hospital can be found here.