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Dubuque hospital runs on low energy

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Dubuque (News Release) --The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), a group of the American Hospital Association, recognized Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque for their leadership in reducing energy consumption. Mercy - Dubuque is one of only 10 hospitals in the United States that has earned this recognition.

ASHE's Energy Efficiency Commitment (E2C) encourages hospitals to reduce their energy consumption by 10% or more in support of the goals of EPA's ENERGY STAR Challenge. Healthcare organizations spend over $8.3 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs. "We are looking into many areas for energy reduction," said Mercy Plant Engineering Director Tom Meyer. "One of the best ways to save is to simply turn off energy-using products not in use."

Mercy - Dubuque has made many changes to save energy. Over 200 occupancy sensors were installed throughout the facility. All incandescent exit signs and outside Christmas lights were replaced with new LED lights. Higher efficiency models replaced many older machines and pieces of equipment, while older light bulbs were changed for compact fluorescent bulbs.

"All of us use energy every day, and the choices we make about how we use energy will impact our environment and our lives," said Meyer. "Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies."

Mercy - Dubuque is also a 2008 recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national mark of excellence for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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