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$2.8M hospital upgrades expected to save $276,000 in annual energy costs

An energy conservation program now in place at Quinte Health Care has been designed to create a sustainable, healthy work environment, while reducing utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

“The objective of the program is to demonstrate QHC’s commitment to energy conservation, environmental stewardship and sustainability, while also increasing comfort for our patients and staff,” said Brad Harrington, vice-president and CFO.  In January last year, the board approved QHC to enter into an agreement with Honeywell for energy and renewal upgrades to a maximum cost of $2.8 million. Honeywell was selected in November 2010 and guaranteed all costs associated with the energy and facility renewal program would be offset by the savings within a fixed period of time. The initial investment will be financed through a seven year bank lease.

“Installation of the energy efficiency measures is now complete and QHC is in the first year of the savings guarantee period,” said Harrington said in a statement. “Over the past year, Honeywell has put several initiatives in place at all four QHC hospitals.

The statement lists program highlights as including:
·         48 solar panels on the roof of BGH, estimated to generate 12,600 kWh/yr. of electricity, equivalent to powering 75 computers for one year (based on average computer and monitor using 85W, 8 hours per day, 250 days);
·         $10,177 annual solar revenue from Ontario Power Authority;
·         2,400 lighting fixtures replaced with energy efficient models;
·         A total of 220 toilet bowls, 223 toilet flush valves, 10 urinals and 318 faucet moderators replaced throughout all four hospitals;
·         Weather-sealing buildings and thermal insulation of piping at all QHC hospitals;
·         Guaranteed cost savings for QHC of more than $276,000 annually.

“It’s important to green QHC’s hospitals, improve our energy efficiency and better control the temperature in our building to create more comfortable conditions for patients and staff,” said Harrington. “The Energy and Facility Renewal Program will support these initiatives over the long term and allow us to demonstrate our environmental stewardship to the community.”

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  1. fed up says:

    I’m all for saving energy, but these days, in the “big picture” $276,000. isn’t a lot of money. But certainly better than nothing. It’s good to see positive steps. Now, if we could just find a way to properly fund our public institutions………….

  2. kaci says:

    This would go a long way to maintaining maternity beds in Picton, so we could keep good doctors.

  3. argyle says:

    As is usual, BGH gets the panels and most of the funding.Just more B.S.attempting to put a positive spin on how they treat the 4 sites equally.

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