Energy Efficiency

Improving Energy Efficiency, Reducing Environmental Impact

In partnership with the Ohio Hospital Association, COHC has established a collaborative of hospital facilities representatives that regularly meets to learn and implement best practices for improving the energy efficiency of their facilities.

Challenges
  • Hospitals are among the most energy-intensive facilities in the United States.
  • Hospitals have more than 2.5 times the energy intensity and carbon dioxide emissions of commercial office buildings.
Initiatives
  • Central Ohio Hospital Energy Collaborative: meeting quarterly to review and discuss each hospital’s Energy Star benchmarking scores, comparative peer data on energy use.
  • Individual Initiatives: Identifying opportunities to improve energy efficiency, including large-scale retrofits of LED lighting and enhanced controls to optimize building performance.
Progress
  • Franklin County hospitals have seen a 11.1% percent increase in energy savings from 2015 through 2020, resulting in $13 million in savings.
  • The hospitals’ collective effort to lower energy usage is the equivalent of:
    • 8,370 cars being taken off the road;
    • 636,516 new mature trees added throughout the community;
    • 50 new nurses hired for patient care.