Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Published On 10/31/2013

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification and received an 89 ENERGY STAR Score, which means Methodist Germantown performed better than 89% of other similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"We believe it is important to be good stewards of our environment and this accomplishment demonstrates our commitment to taking care of our resources,” said William Kenley, CEO for Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. “We are reducing our carbon footprint while at the same time being fiscally responsible and reducing our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire hospital and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital took the following actions:

  • Upgraded the heating and air conditioning system with energy saving measures including discharge air temperature resets, dynamic static pressure controls, hot water resets, and 2-way chilled water controls.
  • Chilled water system conversion to Variable Speed Primary with Variable Frequency Drive.
  • Implemented the central plant optimization program which remotely controls room temperatures and has a computer program that assists the boilers of the chillers to run more efficiently.
  • Installed occupancy sensors in office areas so lights come on when people are in a room and go off when there is no one in a room.
  • Replaced lighting with more energy efficient bulbs.
  • Installed VFD on cooling tower fans.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.