Following the collation and analysis of consumption information, it was clear the outdated heating and hot water equipment within some retained estate buildings were having a huge effect on consumption levels in comparison to similar sites with modern equipment. This meant utility costs were higher, plus the risks of equipment failure were greater.
Sewell Facilities Management presented the NHS in Hull with clear graphical evidence of the problem and recommended they invested to save on running and repair costs over the longer term. We advised if new boilers and gas-fired hot water heaters were installed, breakdown risk would reduce massively, which in turn would have a knock on effect on service delivery and patient satisfaction.
The opportunity was taken to increase resilience by separating the heating and hot water part of the plant, allowing for greater efficiency savings, such as not having to run a boiler plant during the summer months. Bulk procurement of utilities by an independent broker also achieved the most competitive available rates, even including renewable sources. Power from a 100% renewable source, biomass, means the rates are exempt from the Government’s Climate Change Levy. The upgrade will prevent approximately 400 tonnes of CO² being emitted into the atmosphere as well as oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide. This is based on a total annual consumption of 751523 kWh with a production of 0.52kg CO²/kWh.
“Rising costs for heating and hot water is not an option for us and finding solutions to save money in these areas has been fantastic. Working with Sewell Facilities Management made for an incredibly smooth process and has paved the way for a much more cost effective future.”