Incenergy recently announced that Stonebriar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center successfully implemented an advanced energy management system across its 46,000 square foot, 170-room facility. The center is saving 10% on their energy spend and reduced the physical time to fix HVAC problems from 416 hours a year to just 52, while eliminating the enormous risk of food spoilage through real-time freezer monitoring. Stonebriar saved more money the first day in energy than the cost of implementation of the new technology.

“The healthcare industry has always struggled with a way to increase patient comfort in a cost and time efficient manner. Never before has there been a solid solution to energy efficiency for ROI on day one – until now,” said Barry McConachie, CEO of Incenergy.

This is a solid example of the larger trend of how technology is transforming the healthcare market at every level – from EMRs to ICD10 transition. This also fits in the larger trend of “the Internet of things.” Historically, these complicated systems were resigned to high-rises and sat on dusty servers in engineer’s closets. Incenergy took this dated concept wireless, threw it in the cloud and gave it a simple interface, resulting in a state-of-the-art system that is enabling customers to be cash-flow positive on day one.

Incenergy’s energy management system allows for continuous monitoring and control of each patient room and alarms the staff in the event of an HVAC issue. The staff’s ability to monitor the system and respond to alerts via smartphone or tablet from virtually anywhere means residents can rest assured that there will be no surprise disruptions to their comfort during critical healing time.

”Incenergy is proud of the difference we’ve made in the lives of the residents of Stonebriar Nursing and Rehabilitation. By improving their comfort levels and reducing the operating costs for the business; we’ve made an impact while doing something positive for the environment,” said McConachie.

The larger combined savings across portfolios of properties is enormous. It is estimated that only about 2% of the commercial market utilizes an energy management system. This equates to a $400B annual energy spend across U.S. commercial building spaces, where approximately 30% of that energy is wasted. This projects at least the potential of over $100B in annual savings.