Want to lower imaging energy costs? Start by understanding the bill

Medical imaging devices require large amounts of energy, and that costs money. A recent blog post by the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) examined what leaders need to know about how they are billed for energy and what facilities can do to cut costs.

Energy charges are broken down into two forms: kilowatt-hours (kWh) based on amounts of energy used and kilowatts (kW) based on a consumer’s peak energy load.

“Because demand charges are based on a single 15-minute peak each month, if you reduce that peak you can dramatically lower your demand charges,” wrote John Mosher, vice president of energy solutions at Solect Energy in Massachusetts. “One of the easiest ways to reduce your peak demand is to install an energy storage system.”

Mosher, citing several studies, also suggested looking into commercial energy storage systems, which are proven money savers. These systems store energy during lower demand periods to be utilized during times of peak energy consumption.

Energy companies should provide a breakdown of charges, and by understanding the basics, “you are taking the first step to lowering your bill,” Mosher wrote.

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