Energy Management Tips For Healthcare Facilities

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Medical facilities can have extremely high energy needs due to the sophisticated and powerful equipment that they may need. Unfortunately, many clinics and other healthcare facility managers may not be familiar with the steps for optimizing their facility's power usage.

Have Backup Energy Systems In Place

A power disruption can be extremely damaging and disruptive to a medical facility. In addition to the risk of it impacting the care that is being provided to patients, it may also lead to stored samples, medications, and other important materials becoming ruined. Unfortunately, a power disruption can be an unavoidable problem due to the fact that storms and other events can damage the powerlines that supply the facility with electricity. Fortunately, there are backup energy systems that can be used to keep the clinic supplied with enough power to maintain core systems until the electrical grid is repaired.

Review The Electrical System's Capacity Before Adding Energy-Intensive Medical Equipment

Most medical equipment will have high energy needs, and this can pose problems as it may lead to the electrical system of the building becoming overwhelmed. There is a particularly high risk of this occurring when adding new pieces of equipment to the clinic. Prior to installing these pieces of equipment, the electrical system should be inspected and tested to ensure that it can accommodate these power needs. Otherwise, it could damage critical components. If the electrical service recommends upgrading the system, it can add to the costs of installing this equipment, but it will be necessary to avoid the need for repairs that could actually be more costly.

Invest In Reliable Renewable Power Sources

Electrical costs can be some of the largest expenses that a medical facility will have. In the past, there was little that these clinics could do to lower this expense. Luckily, it is now possible to utilize renewable power sources to help provide the facility with much of the power that it needs. The amount of power that the facility can get from these panels will largely depend on the amount of space that can be dedicated to them and the capacity of the solar panels. Facilities with large roofs or other flat areas where these panels can be placed may be able to draw far more power from these systems than clinics that must use smaller panels. Even in situations where the facility can draw all its power from these panels, it is still necessary to maintain an active power connection to the local utility grid as an emergency backup for if the solar panels malfunction. 

Contact a local energy service to learn more.

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