Driving Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Through Data Analytics

By Mike Hurley, Schneider Electric

Considering buildings account for up to 40 percent of energy use in most countries, cutting energy waste in facilities should be a primary focus for organizations looking to save money and use resources more effectively. Data analytics — the practice of collecting and analyzing data to extract insights — is one of the most effective tools that building managers in health care facilities can use to improve their facilities’ operation. Effective use of data analytics in healthcare facilities can reduce major equipment spending and increase energy savings by up to 30 percent.

Many hospitals have made energy efficiency and sustainability top organizational priorities. The healthcare sector utilizes energy at a far greater rate than many others. Hospital CFOs have come to appreciate that energy is not a fixed expense but a significant variable operating expense, and many have endorsed the creation of a master energy plan for their facilities.

There are a number of ways hospitals can improve their energy efficiency — from switching computers and monitors to standby mode during typical off-hours to utilizing energy alarms to reducing operating room air changes during non-peak hours. But in order to effectively manage their energy consumption, hospitals need to have a clear understanding of their building systems. This is where building analytics come into play.

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