How Small Green Efforts Can Pay Off Big

Saving energy at Botsford Hospital

Shut down office equipment at the end of the day to save energy, reduce cost and help the environment

Botsford loves being green.  We even built a green cancer center.  But there’s so much more we can do.  For example, our most recent endeavor is in educating staffers about simple things we can all do in our offices to save energy, reduce cost and help the environment.  So we thought we’d share some tidbits we’ve learned along the way.

  • Simply turning off computers, printers, copiers and fax machines at day’s end can save more energy and cost than you might think….
  • A photocopier left on overnight consumes enough energy to generate 1,500 copies
  • A computer monitor turned off overnight can save enough energy to cook six microwave dinners
  • Turning off equipment not needed in a typical office overnight will save enough energy to drive a small automobile for 100 miles
  • Most electricity in the Detroit area comes from burning coal, which is the most polluting way to generate electricity. From mining, to transportation, to waste disposal, coal causes severe environmental problems. Coal is full of hazardous substances that, when burned, contaminate the air, the land and water.

It’s initiatives like these that help Botsford to keep healthcare costs in control and get ranked as a leader in value and responsible health care.  But we’re always looking for ways to be even better.  Do you have a tip to help us go green? Let us know in the comments below.

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