Healthcare Industry

Healthcare facilities are the second most energy-intensive in the U.S. Typical energy expenditures for a 200,000 square foot healthcare facility in the U.S. is $680,000. Upwards of 70 percent of the energy costs come in the form of lighting, heating, cooling, and hot water. With rising healthcare costs, healthcare institutions must find ways to continue to provide high quality health services while keeping costs down.

Expertise and Experience in Healthcare

Since 1998, Prism Energy Services has provided cost- and energy-saving solutions for healthcare facilities, including hospitals, medical outpatient buildings, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities. Prism’s in-house team of experienced engineers, auditors, and technical experts have a comprehensive understanding of the complex mechanical and electrical building systems found in healthcare facilities, including the optimization of their performance.

Cost-Effective Solutions

Some of the energy efficiency solutions we routinely identify for the healthcare industry include:

  • LED lighting, interior and exterior
  • Simple and advanced lighting controls
  • High-efficiency HVAC equipment, including fuel switching
  • Specialized HVAC controls
  • Energy management systems
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs) on pumps and fans
  • Demand controlled ventilation (DCV)
  • Building envelope improvements
  • Exhaust hood controls for labs and kitchens
  • Process measures
  • Vending machine controls
  • Water conservation, including laundry

Hospitals and many healthcare facilities are open 24/7 and cannot close patient wings, labs, or emergency wards for energy efficiency upgrades. Lighting, controls, and mechanical energy efficiency projects, therefore, must be implemented with little to no disruption of building occupants. Prism has extensive experience and expertise communicating and coordinating closely with facility directors and administrative staff to implement a customized project schedule to ensure a healthy, safe, and comfortable environment throughout the entirety of the project.

Financial Analysis

Prism has extensive experience and expertise in the healthcare sector identifying and delivering comprehensive energy efficiency solutions. Prism develops and presents its recommendations in a simple and transparent proposal, which includes the following:

  • Executive summary
    • Project cost
    • Utility incentive
    • Energy savings
    • Cost savings
    • Out-of-pocket cost
    • Payback and ROI
    • Tax benefits
  • Detailed written scope and cost breakdown

Our Work

Prism has a proven track record of evaluating, designing, and implementing energy efficiency measures for the healthcare industry. Over the years, Prism has saved healthcare facilities millions of dollars in energy costs by installing more energy efficient lighting, HVAC equipment, and controls. Some of the satisfied healthcare institutions Prism has worked with include:

  • Healthcare Trust of America
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Signature Healthcare
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Harrington Memorial Hospital
  • Hampshire City Hospital
  • Health Alliance Hospital
  • EPOCH Senior Living
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • Legend Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
  • Benchmark Assisted Living
  • Christopher House
  • Gardner Rehabilitation
  • Neville Communities
  • Willowood Nursing Home
  • Knollwood Skilled Nursing Center