Thursday, December 15, 2011

Road trip to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville

Some of our favorite feedback to hear from our grant recipients is that their projects are yielding significant savings, and in the case of Deaconess Hospital, Inc. in Evansville, we sure do have a lot to be excited about! Completing its project in December of 2010, Deaconess Hospital, Inc. reported savings of 599,526 kWh and $50,960 in electricity costs as of April of 2011, as well as 8,744 MMBTU and $20,645 in natural gas costs! 

So how did Deaconess use their grant money in order to accomplish such huge savings?  The actual project included replacing 48 temperature sensors and control panels in the hospital with more efficient models. But would you believe that the $100,000 grant is just one aspect of the hospital’s larger efficiency initiatives planned for the future?!  In fact, the funding was categorized as a part of “Phase 1” of the hospital’s efficiency efforts.  With such amazing savings already, we are excited for this money to be able to be redirected towards the hospital’s other important needs and for the hospital to experience further savings in the future.

Thank you to Deaconess Hospital for allowing us to visit.  You are a great example of what incredible feats in energy efficiency we can accomplish together!

Deaconess Hospital received an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), a program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  EECBG is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and is administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

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