Energy efficiency funding for Hagersville hospital

West Haldimand General Hospital has received $460,000 from the Ontario government’s Hospital Energy Efficiency Program. The program is funded through the Climate Change Action Plan (cap-and-trade tax) designated to improve energy efficiency at Ontario hospitals.

The hospital applied for and was granted to undertake three projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

These projects include steam piping and trap replacement at a cost of $80,000, upgrades to HVAC controls to third-floor in-patient rooms at a cost of $300,000 and skylight removal and replacement at $80,000.

“We appreciate receiving this funding since it allows us to upgrade building infrastructure and generate savings that can be put toward patient care,” said Tom Thomson, vice president of finance for the hospital.

“Hospitals are huge consumers of energy mostly because of the vital patient care related equipment,” said Kellen Mowat, director of environmental services. “The government’s intention is to reduce the province’s carbon footprint. For WHGH, it’s also about the comfort of our patients and staff, particularity with the HVAC control upgrades.”

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