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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. Franklin County hospitals are supported by AEP Ohio, which provides learning opportunities and funding support through its energy efficiency incentive program.

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

  • Central Ohio hospitals have seen a 3.14 percent increase in energy savings since 2014, nearly four times the state savings and 5 times the national savings.
  • Local hospitals’ efforts to lower energy usage resulted in nearly $1 million in savings in 2015.  
  • The hospitals’ collective effort to lower energy usage is the equivalent of:
    • 5,515 cars being taken off the road
    • 676,627 new mature trees added throughout the community