York Region’s Mackenzie Health was recently recognized by Alectra Utilities for converting the facility to 100 per cent LED lighting through the utility’s retrofit program. As part of the presentation, the hospital received a cheque for $127,314 and a Certificate of Achievement from Alectra. Mackenzie Health is the first hospital in the utility’s service territory to make the switch.
By converting the entire hospital to LED lighting, Mackenzie Health will reduce its annual consumption by an estimated 1,536,744 kWh and cut annual energy costs by about $210,000, equivalent to removing 180 homes off the grid.
Lighting can account for nearly 40 per cent of an institutional building’s electricity consumption, so it is seen as a prime target for electricity conservation. Across the province, hospitals, long-term care and other healthcare facilities are cutting costs by using electricity more efficiently. As a controllable operating expense, any reductions in consumption result in almost immediate reductions in operating costs.
“As Canada’s largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company, we recognize the importance of assisting our customers in finding solutions to help them better manage their energy costs,” said Raegan Bond, vice president conservation demand management for Alectra Utilities, in a press release. “Our team of experts can help customers navigate through the retrofit process and realize the incentives available through the Save On Energy retrofit program.”
Photo (L to R): April Currey, Director Customer Insights & Acquisition, Alectra Utilities; Colin Maughan, CDM Account Specialist, Alectra Utilities; Paul Carfagnini, Plant Operations Security & Fire Prevention Officer, Mackenzie Health; Bill Player, Director of Facilities, Mackenzie Health; Richard Tam, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Office, Mackenzie Health; Paul Porteous, General Manager Support Services, Mackenzie Health; Raegan Bond, VP, Conservation Demand Management, Alectra Utilities.