Energy Savings for Healthcare and Hospitality

Earth Savers has performed over 400 energy efficiency upgrade projects for health care facilities all over the United States. Five of the top ten health care companies have chosen EarthSavers as their source of energy efficient lighting products and services making Earth Savers the leader in the health care market. Health care projects are the most difficult of all due to the variety of applications, the sensitivity to disruption of operation, and the numerous regulations and codes. However, health care facilities may also have the most to gain from an energy “makeover”.

A twenty-four hour operation consumes energy twice or three times as fast as other businesses. Studies have proven that proper lighting can play an important part in healing and can improve conditions for employees and aging patients. An energy upgrade can actually bring a facility into compliance with regulations governing light levels and other requirements. Better performing systems means a better bottom line, better working conditions and a higher level of patient care.

Case Study - Desert Regional Medical Center - Palm Springs, CA

Regulatory restrictions in California prevent delamping of fixtures in health care facilities. The Howard Industries low power HEX electronic ballast and the GE high color rendering SPX, ECO, 85 CRI, 4100K T8 lamps were used to maximize light output with the lowest input wattage possible. Energy consumption was reduced by 50% in the typical fluorescent fixture while light levels and quality increased significantly. The aesthetics and functionality as affected by the lighting have improved dramatically as observed by the hospital staff. The low mercury ECO lamps reduce disposal costs. The facility received a grant from the California Energy Commission based upon the amount of kilowatts reduced. California is experiencing high utility rates and energy shortages.

Summary:    

Annual Energy Savings $196,000
Annual Maintenance Savings $17,000
Total Annual Savings $213,000
Project Cost $335,000
Less: Energy Commission Grant ($67,000)
Net Project Cost $268,000
Payback of Investment 15 months

A major medical center of approximately half a million square feet located in Palm Springs, California, Desert Regional Medical Center is now owned and operated by Tenet Health System. The world class facility was a favorite charity of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore.

The comprehensive energy conservation project involved a lighting retrofit and installation of lighting controls. The scope of work included Installation of electronic ballasts and T8 lamps, new linear fluorescent fixtures, new compact fluorescent fixtures and hardwire retrofits of downlights, replacement of exit signs and installation of occupancy sensors, photo sensors and timers.

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Hospitality

Earth Savers has completed energy upgrades at a number of first class hotel and resort projects. Hospitality projects present the best opportunity for energy savings. A twenty-four hour operation consumes energy two or three times as fast as other businesses. However, guest satisfaction and comfort is the prime concern. Aesthetics are also a very important consideration, For these reasons Earth Savers approaches a hotel project differently than most operators would assume. The “back of the house” is the first area to address, then the public areas and finally the guest rooms. Excellent control systems are available for guest room lighting and air conditioning, but generally the best savings opportunities lie in other parts of the building. Better lighting means better aesthetics and new CFL and LED technology can complement the public areas. Better performing systems means a better bottom line, better working conditions and a higher level of guest satisfaction.

Case Study - Westin Haupuna Beach Prince Resort - Kona, HI

A world class resort located on what has been often voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world along with its sister property the famous Mauna Kea Resort. High utility rates and generous utility company rebates made this project an excellent investment. Aesthetics, guest satisfaction and sensitivity to the surroundings were key concerns. Nearby Mauna Kea (12,000 ft. elevation) a dormant volcano is the site of a world famous astronomical observatory. Light pollution was another concern.

Most of the public areas in Hawaiian resorts are open air. Air conditioning is required mostly for the guest rooms. A comprehensive lighting retrofit offered the best payback of available energy conservation measures. High end hotel companies have traditionally avoided fluorescent lighting in the public areas and guest rooms in favor of incandescent lighting solely for aesthetic. However, new linear and compact fluorescent products provide very high quality light as good as or better than many incandescent lamps. The Hapuna was the first hotel in Hawaii to make use of this technology throughout the facility. Downlights in corridors were retrofitted with hardwire CFL conversion kits replacing 60W incandescent lamps with 5W straw tinted 2700K lamps inside heavy frosted glass reflectors. The result was a marvelous warm glow illuminating the corridors perfectly, proving that it is no longer necessary to waste energy for the sake of aesthetics. In all, 7,000 fixtures (mostly incandescent) were retrofitted using Janmar CFL kits.

Summary:    

Annual Energy Savings $160,000
Annual Maintenance Savings $20,000
Total Annual Savings $180,000
Project Cost $425,000
Less: Utility Company Rebate ($60,000)
Net Project Cost $365,000
Payback of Investment 24 months

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