Hospitals are on very tight budgets and every dollar not spent on patient care is scruitinized. How can hospitals in Canada justify spending valuable dollars on “green technology” which is seen as a nice to have? These “investments” need to have clear, fast, and reliable payback to even be considered for the hospital sector. Green technology, water reduction programs, and lighting retrofits are still lagging behind in the hospital sector, even though there are years of solid data to back up the fact that investing in energy efficient programs is wise. How do hospitals know that the investments they have made are making a difference?
Measurement is the key to understanding the value of these investments. The quicker the feedback on those programs, the faster the hospital is able to see whether the investment is realizing the benefits they were promised. Real-time monitoring of energy commodities like electricity, water, and gas provide unprecidented insight into how energy is being consumed at the hospital, and analytics to find out if conservation projects are working. If the hospital has yet to start a project, then using real-time monitoring to understand where the highest benefit will be, and building a business case for that investment will ease the worries from stakeholders that the project will not yield results.
Whatever stage hospitals are in regarding an energy conservation plan, real-time monitoring of energy commodities needs to be a part of that planning process. It provides more information and analytics to improve the decision making process for any project.
For more information, check out www.energent.com for more information and ways that hospitals can use real-time monitoring to save money. Case studies are online proving the significant value that comes from an Energent system.