Energy consumption in hospitals is growing steadily. Electricity already accounts for over 50% of a hospital's energy costs and with the increased use of specialist medical equipment that generally relies on electricity, consumption is set to increase.
In total, the UK's healthcare sector spends more than £400 million per year on energy. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of this is wasted, meaning that money is being wasted too. Implementing a few simple techniques can help to reduce the amount of energy consumed in a hospital, which releases important funds for use elsewhere.
See below for three areas to focus on for reducing energy use in this sector.
Heating: this can account for as much as 60% of the total energy bill in a typical building. Just 1°C of overheating can increase your fuel costs by around 8%. Find out how you can cut heating costs by up to 30% with advice on simple energy saving measures, upgrading and replacing equipment.
Ventilation: unnecessary ventilation can waste energy and cost you a lot of money. Find out how you can make your systems more efficient with advice on simple energy saving measures, upgrading and replacing equipment.
Energy management: get buy-in for energy saving across all levels of the organisation, from appointing an energy manager and monitoring energy use, to developing an action plan and training staff.
Hospitals sector overview (CTV024)
Primary healthcare sector overview (CTV025)
Energy efficiency support
If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services to find out how we can help. This includes financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficient equipment, for more details visit our Implementation & finance page.
If your organisation is based in Wales or Northern Ireland, visit our regional pages to get details of our UK government-funded support.