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Mercy earns its 11th Energy Star certification

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ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Mercy Hospital Northwest in Rogers, Ark. announced on Wednesday that it had earned Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the 11th time in 13 years.

The recognition singles out the hospital for its reduced energy consumption, which results in lower operating expenses and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the vast majority of other hospitals in the country.

According to a press release, organizations qualify as Energy Star installations by scoring 75 or higher on a 100-point scale based on 12 months of energy consumption data. Mercy Northwest is rated at 87 and ranks in the top 13% of US hospitals for energy efficiency. The EPA estimates that Energy Star installations produce 35% less greenhouse gases and use 35% less energy than their counterparts.

“This latest Energy Star designation for 2021 is a result of Mercy’s core value of stewardship,” said Monty Lindsey, director of facility maintenance and operations at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to energy conservation and reducing our impact on the environment. By using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions, we take care of our community and protect its future.

According to the EPA, since its launch in 1992, certification and its partners have helped reduce energy costs by $450 billion while reducing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 4 billion metric tons. The release says it’s the only energy efficiency certification in the United States based on verified energy performance.

Energy efficiency efforts at Mercy NWA include:

  • Turn off lights and equipment when not in use
  • Purchase of energy efficient equipment
  • Using sensors in areas with natural light so overhead lights only turn on when the sun goes down or is blocked by clouds
  • Install motion detectors in places like bathrooms so lights turn off when no movement is detected
  • Conversion of lights to LED bulbs, which require less energy to operate
  • Disconnecting from the power grid and using generators to provide electricity to the hospital during peak hours
  • Make adjustments to the thermostat, such as setting it lower or higher (depending on the season) at night and scheduling on and off times
  • Purchase and operation of energy-smart equipment for optimal energy efficiency

The money we’ve saved on what would have been spent on energy allows Mercy to invest more in the vital resources needed to care for our community. This resource management makes the difference, especially during critical times like what we experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a leader in healthcare, Mercy is committed to caring for our community and protecting the quality of life for future generations.

Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital NWA

According to the release, Mercy NWA saved approximately $200,000 in electricity bills in 2021 due to the hospital’s Energy Star rating and load shedding efforts.