Healthcare is one of the top five energy-consuming building categories and accounts for a good fraction of energy use in commercial buildings. For any healthcare system to function effectively, energy availability and energy-efficient systems have to be in place. Nigeria was recently deemed ineligible for the Pfizer vaccines by the WHO, as it did not meet the requirement of being able to store the vaccines at the desired -70 degrees Celsius . This came as no surprise, considering the insufficient power and outdated medical devices in many hospitals across the country.
Today, our commercial and industrial sectors have become heavily dependent on self-generated power, using petrol and diesel generators for their operations. This accounts for nearly half of all electricity consumed in the country. Due to the insufficient national power, businesses including hospitals are known to incur incredibly high costs monthly just to power their facilities and meet their energy needs.
Fig 1. Energy Consumption by Sector (IEA 2012)
Energy efficient healthcare
Analyzing energy consumption is important for every healthcare facility. It gives a clear picture of their overall energy use and ensures that their energy usage is in line with the business. Once that has been determined, they must seek to eliminate points of energy wastage, replace all outdated energy hog equipment and adopt available clean technologies.
Switching to energy efficient solutions should be top priority for health care facilities that seeks to save costs and reduce energy wastage. Energy efficient lighting provides hospitals with the highest amount of energy savings, as lighting accounts for a large part of energy costs. Retrofitting light fixtures and bulbs across hospital buildings would go a long way in saving energy.
Lighting controls such as motion detectors help automatically turn off lights when rooms are not in use. This would not only help hospitals save costs, but it can also increase patient satisfaction. More so, upgrading hospital HVAC systems to energy-efficient systems would help keep healthcare facilities at ideal temperatures while also saving their energy usage. Hospitals consume large amounts of domestic service hot water. The use of Solar Thermals in health facilities can help lower their energy consumption and also reduce costs.
Many healthcare facilities in Nigeria do not operate efficiently, because their equipment are outdated, inefficient and not integrated with each other. The use of energy efficient medical devices designed to use low-voltage, direct current power supplied by solar photovoltaic systems have the potential to generate considerable savings for health facilities. The use of Solar in hospitals can help power vaccine refrigerators, ventilator machines and other medical devices. Solar technologies help to keep healthcare facilities running 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at low costs. In addition to the direct financial savings, energy reduction benefits the overall hospital environment. Energy efficient devices can help hospitals improve the experience for patients and employees, while creating a safer and healthier environment.
At Energymall Nigeria, we offer energy efficient services by providing energy audits for commercial and municipal buildings, to help them eliminate points of energy wastes and inefficiency. Our Energy efficient electrical installations help healthcare facilities are designed to help healthcare facilities achieve up to 60% reduction in their overall energy consumption.
With recent commercial walk-through audits for offices at Lekki, electricity correction for hospitals in V/I, and recent solar installation projects at Reddington hospital complex, Ikeja, we are constantly seeking to expand our reach and achieve our goal of being the go-to company for all things clean energy.
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