Hospital lighting replacement project to save energy, protect the environment
[December 21 2011] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut is in the midst of a project to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions by changing lights in many of its facilities.
With the help of Alliance Energy Solutions, an energy services company, the hospital surveyed existing lighting at its New Britain and Southington campuses and off-site facilities. The survey covered 1.5 million square feet of building space and was used to develop a plan that includes replacing older lighting with newer, more energy-efficient equipment, including new bulbs, lighting ballasts and fixtures.
The project will save an estimated12.6 million kilowatts of energy over 15 years. Environmental benefits include:
Over 19 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions avoided
Nearly 38,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides emissions avoided
Nearly 76,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide emissions avoided
By reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful environmental pollutants, this project will reduce air pollution and improve air quality -- equivalent to taking 1,691 cars off the road. The project also will save the hospital $118,000 in annual utility costs and qualifies the hospital for a Connecticut Light & Power incentive of $130,000.
The lighting project is part of the hospital's award-winning efforts to reduce waste, increase recycling and minimize its impact on the environment, which began in 2004. These efforts include the use of energy-efficient equipment, recycling of everything from chemicals to cans and bottles, and other measures. The hospital in 2010 received a GreenCircle Award from the state Department of Environmental Protection for efforts to reduce waste, recycle and prevent pollution.