Energy efficiency schemes to save NHS £13.7m a year

A series of energy efficiency schemes across the country will help reduce the NHS’ energy bill by £13.7 million a year.

A total of 69 schemes have been given a proportion of £50 million to help reduce the health service’s energy bills, with all the money saved being redirected to frontline patient care.

The schemes will help to reduce the NHS’ energy consumption by 200,000MW a year, as well as reducing its carbon footprint by up to 5.6 million tonnes per year.

The winning schemes include Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, which has been awarded £58,618 to remove and replace insulation for boilers and pipes; and the St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals, which have been given £22,094 to install a system to automatically shut down idle and inactive computers.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter, said: “Winter is fast approaching and we are all looking at ways to reduce our energy bills while keeping out homes warm and well lit.

“Our NHS is one of the largest users of energy in the country. And just like the rest of us, hospitals should be doing everything they can to reduce the amount they spend.”