Ameren Illinois has awarded OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center for recent energy reduction efforts. The award comes in the form of an incentive payment as part of the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program.
Over the past three years, OSF Saint Francis has replaced all exterior lighting in the Medi-Park 3 employee parking deck with LED lights. This change has lowered the medical center’s overall electric usage, reducing its carbon footprint, resulting in a positive impact on the environment. It’s estimated that these changes will save roughly 714,863 kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy per year. That’s the equivalent of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in 107 cars driven for a year, and carbon dioxide emissions from 60 homes’ energy use for one year.
In addition, the project has decreased maintenance of the lights from 80-120 man hours per year to 10 man hours per year. The quality and brightness of the new LEDs improves the safety and security of the medical center’s campus with much of the exterior lighting now LED. Efforts are underway to upgrade interior lighting, as well.