Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Awarded Energy Star for Fourth Consecutive Year, Scores Perfect 100 Rating for Second Year in a Row
West Philadelphia (February 5, 2014) – For the fourth consecutive year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Mercy Philadelphia Hospital with its prestigious Energy Star® for superior energy efficiency. Mercy Philadelphia, which celebrated its 95th year anniversary in July of 2013, scored a perfect 100 for its energy use for the second time in a row, having also scored a perfect 100 in 2012. The hospital scored a 99 in 2011 and 90 in 2010.
“Here at Mercy Philadelphia, we are truly committed to our energy conservation efforts,” said Executive Director/Administrator Susan Cusack. “Receiving the Energy Star designation for the fourth consecutive year is evidence of our collaborative effort to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint, especially for a hospital that is nearly 100 years old.
Several new initiatives led to this year’s Energy Star designation, which include: installation of new LED exit lights throughout different hospital locations, installation of dusk-to-dawn light sensors, addition of more thermostat setbacks to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units, and continuous garage light upgrades to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Such upgrades resulted in the hospital’s reduction of its total kilowatt hour (kWh) consumption from 10,177,401 kWh in 2012 to 9,859,048 kWh in 2013 – a reduction of 318,353 kWh and a dollar savings of $20,533.77.
In addition to continuously updating and replacing various equipment with newer, more energy efficient models, Mercy Philadelphia continues to implement its “Turn It Off, Turn It Off, Turn It Off” campaign, reminding colleagues to turn off electrical units and lights when they are not in use.
“We are extremely proud of yet another Energy Star designation,” stated Jerry Moyer, Director of Plant Operations. “Each day, we are finding newer, more innovative ways to conserve energy and reduce costs for the hospital. Each and every colleague has contributed to earning this designation, especially the maintenance crew who continuously works to improve our environmental sustainability.”
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR designation. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR designation include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the US EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.
ENERGY STAR has successfully delivered energy and cost savings across the country, saving businesses, organizations, and consumers $24 billion in 2012 alone. Over the past two decades, ENERGY STAR has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of such technological innovations as efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment, and low standby energy use.