EPA Updates ENERGY STAR Tool to Support Greater Energy Efficiency in Hospitals
Healthcare organizations spend $7.4 billion in energy costs each year. To improve energy efficiency, thousands of hospitals rely on the EPA’s ENERGY STAR tools to help track consumption and prioritize facilities for energy upgrades. Today, EPA released an important update to ENERGY STAR's national energy performance scale methodology for hospitals. The updated performance scale will help hospitals better assess their energy performance and make more informed financial and investment decisions in order to cut costs and improve their energy efficiency. Improving the energy efficiency of America’s hospitals by 10% would save 7.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, 243 million therms of natural gas each year, and about $740 million annually in energy bills. It would also prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to that from the annual electricity use of over 712,000 homes.