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Unlock healthy energy savings with live energy monitoring

By Talk Power Team; Amaya Carruthers | Posted January 24, 2020

We wanted to understand the potential for energy efficiency and carbon reduction at hospitals across the country. So we looked at nearly 500 sites, analysed the energy consumption data and found that better energy efficiency could deliver hospitals over £14m in savings per year.*

We found that by putting in place some simple measures, such as better lighting and heat monitoring, the average hospital could save around £79,000 per year, which is the same as the cost of 609 MRI scans.*

The potential savings for hospitals, and other organisations and businesses is huge; and EDF is here to help unlock these benefits and opportunities.

Unlock efficiency, time and resource

The hospitals could save money by installing energy efficient lighting, energy efficient air conditioners and occupancy sensors to automate lighting, for example. And better still, implementing these measures doesn’t require a huge change to the way organisations are run. Watch our video here.

Beyond the healthcare sector

And it is not just the healthcare sector that can save money from understanding and improving the way in which buildings use energy. Here at EDF we can help any business to understand how they consume energy, and use this information to identify the simple but effective operational changes that will benefit your organisation the most.

Paving the way to net zero

And these efficiency measures are not only good for lowering energy costs, they also have a positive environmental impact too. Small and simple efficiency measures can help the UK achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. We estimated a saving of 9,365 tonnes of CO2 per year across the 494 sites; equivalent to the carbon emissions from nearly 5000 flights between London and Sydney, or the same as planting 234,1252 m² of woodland.*

Make one change today

As the biggest supplier to UK businesses and the largest producer of low carbon energy, EDF is working to change the way UK organisations use energy, supporting the transition to a low carbon future. We can help your business to make meaningful carbon reductions that result in significant savings, through very simple efficiency measures.

Speak to us about how you can get started on your energy efficiency journey and make one change today.

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About the data

EDF Energy used their remote monitoring tool, PowerReport, to identify saving opportunities at a total of 2,642 education, hospital and police sites in the UK. PowerReport provides an analysis of energy efficiency that measures data across a business’s site to identify where energy is being consumed and the potential energy savings. Its analysis is based on energy consumption data, crossed with external data about the building such as weather or building type

The PowerReport analysis identified five energy conservation measures that could benefit the sites. The data reveals the total level of savings available across the 2,642 public sector sites and five energy conservation measures (£27,699,573), as well as average savings for each solution, as shown below:

Install low energy lighting, average saving £10,007;
Install occupancy sensors to shut off lights in guest rooms, average saving £8,082;
Retrofit Enhanced Ventilation Control, average saving £19,110;
Use energy efficient air conditioners, average saving £10,992;
Optimise operational schedule, average saving £1,443.

Since it is possible for some public sector sites to apply all five solutions at once, the total average saving available across the sites is £49,634. This figure represents the gross savings on a site’s energy bill per annum, without factoring in installation costs.

The data also reveals the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that could be saved through the efficiency measures: a total of 91,809 tonnes of carbon per year across the 2,642 public sector sites if all five efficiency measures are implemented in line with PowerReport recommendations. 

London to Sydney flight equivalents are based on C-LEVEL calculations which put the emissions of the Boeing 747-400 which is used for long-haul flights at 92 kg per hour. Based on the new planned 20 hour non-stop flight, this would come to 1,840 kg of CO2 for a one-way flight. This equates to 1.84 tonnes of CO2 per flight.

Woodland carbon capture equivalents are based on The Woodland Trust calculations which show 25 square metres of trees can store nearly 1 tonne of carbon.

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