Rochester Regional is committed to increasing energy efficiency through equipment upgrades in our buildings. We are retrofitting internal and external lighting with LED lighting, a technology that consumes a third of the energy of traditional lighting and lasts three times as long saving money on both energy and maintenance. Projects are underway or complete at our five acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, ElderONE, several destination campuses, medical office buildings, outpatient surgery centers, senior housing, and many other locations.
Other energy efficiency upgrades are focused on reducing the electrical and heating loads of our HVAC systems and other equipment. We are upgrading several pieces of energy intensive equipment that are often not considered, including vending machines, and refrigeration units. We use occupancy sensors on our vending machines which reduce their energy consumption by about 50%. In our refrigeration units, we use temperature control devices that more accurately measure the temperature of food, causing the cooling equipment to cycle less and consume 15-30% less energy. These two simple upgrades have around a one year payback, reduce our systems energy use by 1-2% alone, and significantly reduce the maintenance required for that equipment.