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Using alternative energy to cut expenses and emissions in hospitals

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 1, 2019

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by John Palmer

Hospitals are under pressure to watch the bottom line and reduce the financial burden of operation—by cutting back on their energy bills.

Healthcare facilities are notorious for using huge amounts of energy from lights and HVAC systems running 24 hours a day, power for diagnostic machinery, and emergency backup redundancy systems, and there’s not much they can do to cut back on those needs.

However, a new trend in hospital construction and design over the last few years has been to incorporate alternative forms of energy production into the footprint of the building—contributing to the physical beauty of the facility itself, sending excess power to the electrical grid, and reducing the hospital’s dependence on an outside power supply.

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