Innovative Program Will Help Lead Health System to Energy Independence by 2014
Retrocommissioning examines heating and cooling systems, lighting and employee behavior and uses primarily low-cost or no-cost measures to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand. The process will save Gundersen Lutheran approximately
“We had to reverse the trend of rising energy use because our energy costs were increasing by about
The health system conducted an energy audit in
For example, Gundersen Lutheran is retrofitting light fixtures in six buildings on two campuses with more energy efficient fixtures, which will drop the health system’s energy use by 1.5 million kilowatt hours a year. They expect to see an annual savings of
Gundersen Lutheran has been working with Focus On Energy and other engineering resources on retrocommissioning efforts. Through those efforts, Gundersen Lutheran saw a 10 percent decrease in energy consumption in 2008, and expects to see a 20 percent decrease or more by the end of 2009. That’s an 8 million kW hour reduction in electricity consumption and 40 million cubic feet reduction in natural gas consumption each year.
“Our changes are sustainable and we’re seeing paybacks quickly,” Rich says. “We’re setting an example for other health systems in the country. We’re not just talking about reducing energy consumption by 20 percent. We’re showing it can be done.”
SOURCE Gundersen Lutheran Health System