Resources for Health Care
Pacific Energy Center (PEC)
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- Health Care Fact Sheet (PDF, 280 KB)
- Automated Benchmarking Service Fact Sheet (PDF, 186 KB)
- Retrocommissioning Program for Hospitals Fact Sheet (PDF, 137 KB)
Please review our Retrocommissioning Case Study for Health Care (PDF, 137 KB) to see energy savings potential for hospitals that complete low-cost, building tune-up measures.
The success of your medical facility depends on energy reliability and reducing controllable costs. In 2008, PG&E paid $138 million in program incentives to business customers, resulting in energy savings of 1,736 million kilowatt-hours and 32 million gas therms.
PG&E has a team of qualified engineers and design consultants who have extensive experience in health care facilities and are aware of HIPPA, OSHPOD, and other industry requirements.
PG&E offers a variety of programs tailored to the specific needs and energy efficiency goals of each customer. Programs may include rebates, incentives for customized calculations, or technical assistance and contracted services from third parties. Please contact your account representative or the PG&E Business Customer Service Center for more information and guidance in assessing your particular situation.
For information on incentives and developing an energy savings estimate for new construction Health Care projects, see the 2009 Savings By Design Healthcare Baseline (PDF, 567 KB).
Shedding Load During Demand Response Events
- Turn off non-essential indoor/outdoor lighting, signage, window displays and office equipment not in use (i.e., printers, copiers, shredders, coffee makers)
- Turn off decorative features, such as fountains, lighting and ambient audio and video displays
- Pre-cool non-critical work areas, then cycle constant air volume heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units or temporarily reset static pressure in variable air. volume HVAC, turn off ceiling fans and room fans, and raise temperature settings
- Implement load cycling, temperature resetting, and pre-cooling in facilities with package AC units.
- Turn off beverage vending machines and shift use of icemakers before or after an event.
- Schedule meetings during events to minimize use of office equipment.
- Charge batteries and battery-operated equipment prior to an event, then unplug battery chargers and use only pre-charged equipment during the event.
- Adjust non-critical employee schedules to reduce energy use during planned events.
- Turn off non-essential pumping equipment.
- Turn off or turn down chillers, and reset chilled water temperature or variable speed drive controls.
- Reduce the use of non-essential testing and diagnostic equipment
- Reduce the use of lighting and air conditioning in back office areas
Business Customer Service Center
- Engage 360
- Peak Day Pricing
- U.S. Department of Energy
- ENERGY STAR®
- CSHE-California Society for Healthcare Engineering (CSHE)
- ASHE-American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
- Office of State for Health Planning and Development (OSPHD)
- Global Health and Safety Initiative
- Practice Greenhealth
- California Energy Commission
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- LEED for Healthcare
- Green Guide for Healthcare GGHC
- Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Better Bricks Hospitals