LED Lighting Retrofit to Save Hawaii Hospitals $1.2M
Hawai’i Pacific Health (HPH), comprised of four nonprofit hospitals and 44 outpatient clinics and service sites, expects to save more than $1.2 million thanks to a LED lighting retrofit across its facilities.
The switch to LED lighting at its four hospital facilities also will help reduce HPH’s carbon emissions by 465,324.65 pounds per year from just the parking garages alone, according to Pacific Eco-Lights, which is supplying the LED lighting.
HPH expects to recover the cost of the conversion through energy bill savings in 15 months due to Eco-Light’s Seesmart LED technology, which is said to use 50 percent to 90 percent less electricity than a standard light bulb or compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). Other benefits include longer life and no hazardous wastes such as mercury and lead, which are found in CFLs.
By retrofitting existing fixtures with LEDs, HPH is projected to save up to $10,000 to $12,000 per month from the conversion of just one of its parking garage facilities, which will translate into $1.2 million in combined annual savings by retrofitting hallways, waiting areas, cafeterias and offices throughout its four hospitals.
Pacific Eco-Lights says it offers city municipalities and companies financing, such as leasing with maintenance, installation and extended warranty agreements to make switching to LED lighting easier.
New York hospitals are also looking to cut their energy costs and improve energy efficiency. As an example, a $10 million grant program is aimed at helping as many as 100 New York hospitals increase their energy efficiency, reports The Buffalo News. The target is to reduce energy use by 20 percent at each of the hospitals.
National Grid, the area’s primary electric utility, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), launched the Energy Efficiency for Health grant program at Buffalo General Hospital.
NYSERDA told the newspaper that the program will help New York meet its goal of getting 45 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources and efficiency by 2015.
New York’s 45×15 initiative set a goal for the state to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable sources by 2015.
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