Hospital goes green, saves green


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Courtesy photo Andrew Whobrey from the TLRMC engineering department watches as an electrician installs a new LED light fixture in a patient room. EnergyWare from Sunrise, FL switched over 2,000 lights from fluorescent to LED throughout the hospital with an expected savings to TLRMC of at least $520,000 over a 10-year period.


Courtesy photo A local electrician hired by EnergyWare prepares new, energy efficient lighting fixtures to be installed at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.


New lights installed throughout Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center will save energy, which is good for the environment, as well as save money which is good for the hospital, patients and the community.

The lights previously used in patient rooms, hallways and other areas of the hospital had been typical florescent lighting fixtures. The new lights are light emitting diodes (LED) built and installed by EnergyWare, LLC. Studies have proven that with proper replacement fixtures and implementation, over 70 percent of the hospital’s lighting expenses will be eliminated. LED’s also lack the mercury found in many older fixtures, average over 10 years of use, and minimize or eliminate maintenance support.

Based in Sunrise, FL, EnergyWare performed an initial assessment for TLRMC followed by a detailed plan created by a certified design specialist. According to Carey Sims, TLRMC Director of Plant Operations, the hospital expected to change out over 2,000 lights from fluorescent to LED in a two-to-three-week period. Initial savings for the project in electrical and maintenance cost is projected to be approximately $7,000 a month. Over a 10-year period the hospital expects to save approximately $523,000 above the cost of the new lighting fixtures.

EnergyWare and its contractors have a proven methodology developed over years of experience with replacing tens of thousands of light fixtures and bulbs nationally. The new LED light fixtures were assembled onsite prior to installation by electricians under the direction of a supervisor. Local electricians were used for part of the installation work.

Feedback from TLRMC employees about the new LED lights has been positive.

“The lights appear brighter and have a crisper look to them,” says Sims. “It was pretty amazing when you compared the old lights to the look of the new lights side-by-side. Installing the new lights has already been an improvement for the hospital even before we start seeing savings on our utility bills.”

According to Michael Bertamini, EnergyWare CEO, “Simply put, not all LED lighting is created equal. EnergyWare is uniquely qualified to identify the top manufacturers by product. This includes extensive research of lighting fixtures, LED-bulbs, and various other components.”

The implementation teams associated with EnergyWare are continuously trained, certified, and supervised with highly-skilled leadership.

“EnergyWare has a reputation for providing services in a timely, professional, and results-oriented manner,” Bertamini said. “In addition, we take measures to ensure the product is safely and properly installed.”

For TLRMC the project is a win-win situation.

“In these days of shrinking revenue, it’s critical that we save every dollar we can,” said TLRMC CEO Wayne Meriwether, MHA. “Our administrative staff, department directors, and employees are always looking for ways to provide a high quality of care and to do it in the most efficient way possible. Anytime we can save energy, save money, and improve the quality of our lighting it’s a real win for our patients and the community.”

Courtesy photo Andrew Whobrey from the TLRMC engineering department watches as an electrician installs a new LED light fixture in a patient room. EnergyWare from Sunrise, FL switched over 2,000 lights from fluorescent to LED throughout the hospital with an expected savings to TLRMC of at least $520,000 over a 10-year period.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_TLRMC-LED-lights_2017_1.jpgCourtesy photo Andrew Whobrey from the TLRMC engineering department watches as an electrician installs a new LED light fixture in a patient room. EnergyWare from Sunrise, FL switched over 2,000 lights from fluorescent to LED throughout the hospital with an expected savings to TLRMC of at least $520,000 over a 10-year period.

Courtesy photo A local electrician hired by EnergyWare prepares new, energy efficient lighting fixtures to be installed at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_TLRMC-LED-lights_2017_2.jpgCourtesy photo A local electrician hired by EnergyWare prepares new, energy efficient lighting fixtures to be installed at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.

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