CM14B1-Behavioral-Based Energy Reduction
Recorded On: 06/04/2014
During a pilot a case study was born. Ridgeview followed a step-by-step plan focused on gaining leadership support and buy-in, identifying and implementing no- and low-cost operational strategies, and utilizing tools and materials for employee awareness and engagement. With 15 months of data, the pilot results showed that a behavior energy program for health care can provide significant energy and cost savings without major financial investments on the part of the organization. RMC saved more than $75,000 and reduced overall energy use by 6 percent without negatively affecting patient comfort or safety. Today, this is grown to nearly 10 percent. In addition, an employee survey was conducted to determine how the program affected employee attitudes and behaviors. With nearly 400 of RMC's 1,575 employees responding, 89 percent are more likely to engage in energy saving behavior, 83 percent have a more positive attitude toward saving energy, 91 percent learned that individuals can have an impact on organizational energy costs.
Todd Wilkening, CHFM, CHST, Director of Facility Services, Ridgeview Medical Center
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