UNIONDALE, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PSEG Long Island announced today that, through a series of implemented energy efficiency measures, it will help Winthrop-University Hospital save more than $120,000 per year in electricity costs.
"Hospitals that invest in energy efficiency are not only realizing the direct benefits of reduced utility costs, they are providing a healthier and more comfortable environment for their patients," said David Daly, president and COO, PSEG Long Island. "PSEG Long Island's energy efficiency programs are helping Winthrop-University Hospital reduce operating costs, improve their bottom line, and free up funds to invest in new technologies and improve patient care."
With an understanding that in a typical hospital, water heating, space heating, and lighting account for 61–79 percent of total energy use*, Winthrop-University Hospital incorporated numerous energy conservation measures in its newly constructed 95,000 square foot research building in Mineola, New York. Because up-front costs are often the primary barrier to the implementation of retrofit projects in healthcare facilities, the hospital worked with PSEG Long Island to qualify its facility for energy efficiency incentives from PSEG Long Island's Commercial Efficiency Program.
"Intelligent strategic planning about what green initiatives could be embraced during the planning stages of the construction of our new Research and Academic Center was instrumental in helping Winthrop save money in the long-term," said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. "For that reason, Winthrop took progressive steps to reduce its carbon-footprint and decrease the demand on the power grid through the use of high energy-efficient equipment in the new Research and Academic Center."
The electric efficiency measures implemented at the hospital include light emitting diode (LED) and high efficiency fluorescent lighting; high efficiency chilled water systems; variable speed controls on motors, pumps and fans; increased building envelope insulation; and building automation controls for all systems.
Through these improvements it is estimated the hospital will cut electric peak demand by 267 kilowatts (kW) and 675,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of annual usage. In addition to the energy savings, Winthrop-University Hospital received a PSEG Long Island Commercial Efficiency rebate of $315,060.
Winthrop-University Hospital's avoided emissions each year will be approximately 427 tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of annually removing 71 passenger cars off the road and saving 44,005 gallons of gas consumed.
Independent annual evaluations by Opinion Dynamics Corporation have found PSEG Long Island's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs to generate energy savings that are cost-effective. The evaluation for 2014 found the Commercial Efficiency Program to have a benefit/cost ratio of 3.2, which means that the program generated $3.20 in benefits to the utility and its ratepayers for every $1.00 in costs to operate the program, including rebates.
Energy-efficient changes to businesses can increase productivity and the bottom line. Our Commercial Efficiency Program offers solutions and resources, to get industry-specific advice on how companies can increase production, reduce costs, and save money. To learn more about the PSEG Long Island Commercial Efficiency program visit https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Commercial/Efficiency.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority's transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE: PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of approximately $11 billion.
* U.S. Energy Information Administration – Department of Energy
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