This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for Hospitals.
How An EAM Can Help Hospitals Lower Energy Costs
Energy costs have been rising steadily since about 1998 as we begin to discover the limits of producing energy from fossil fuel sources. Hospitals are among the most energy intensive industries as they operate 24/7/365. With HVAC and lighting energy needs plus government scrutiny to lower the carbon footprint, hospitals have a strong need to eliminate wasted energy.
“Hospitals use 836 trillion BTUs of energy annually and have more than 2.5 times the energy intensity and carbon dioxide emissions of commercial office buildings…U.S. hospitals spend over $5 billion annually on energy, often equaling 1 to 3 percent of a typical hospital s operating budget or an estimated 15 percent of profits”
Source: US Department of Energy
The challenge is to identify where the waste is occurring and then implementing changes.
Where is the Opportunity?
Hospitals have two major opportunities to lower energy costs. A good size hospital may have more than a dozen air handlers and multiple boilers. Making sure this equipment is operating efficiently is the first opportunity. The second opportunity is the effective utilization of power to cool, heat and light facility spaces. In both opportunities preventive maintenance and inspections on HVAC, monitoring devices and lighting will reduce unnecessary energy waste.
Implementing an Enterprise Asset Management System (EAM)
One of the best tools available is an EAM system. An EAM will enable hospital staff to regularly schedule preventive maintenance, inspections and work orders to identify poorly performing equipment. In addition, an EAM system will help schedule maintenance checks on all temperature monitoring devices to ensure for example that the air conditioning is not running when it is cold outside. An EAM not only makes sense but should be a requirement for all hospitals.