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Resource generation by the application of energy conservation opportunities in a tertiary care hospital

Bhaskaran, VP and Satyashankar, P and Suvarna, MA and Somu, G (2005) Resource generation by the application of energy conservation opportunities in a tertiary care hospital. Journal of the Academy of Hospital Administration, 17 (1- 2). pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

Electrical energy being an expensive commodity, its consumption and cost in a system must be properly accounted. It is invisible, hence often wasted without being noticed. It is proven that reduction in energy consumption by 10-20% is a realizable goal. Energy cost savings directly contributes to profits, which can be very significant. Energy audit (EA) involves analysis of energy usage and comparison of the same with an estimate of the minimum energy required.Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, a 1475 bedded multi-specialty tertiary care hospital identified the need to implement energy audit to bring about savings on electricity consumption, which accounted for about 6.59% of total annual expenditure.Analysis of energy usage revealed that Central A/C services and indoor lighting accounted for 60 % and 20% of total electricity consumption, respectively. Energy conservation opportunities (ECO’s) were identified, evaluated and implemented in the above areas from July 2003. ECO implementation involved an investment of Rs1.47 crores. Electricity consumption data collected for eleven months showed 16.72% reduction as compared to previous year. While energy consumption in Central A/C unit was reduced by 35.4%, consumption in indoor lighting was reduced by 18.25%. Approximate savings in money is estimated at Rs58 lakhs per year and the pay back period estimated at 2.5 years. Spin-off benefits accrued from this intervention include additional tonnage of cooling by Central A/C and increased life of A/C and indoor lighting appliances. The paper also suggests that for the sustainable development of healthcare industry, providers must optimize their operations; reducing avoidable costs, and should not overburden patients/Insurance companies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy Conservation, Energy Audit, Building Management Systems
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Hospital Administration
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2012 07:17
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2012 07:17
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/77076

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