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Energy Saving Tips for Medical and Dental Facilities

Medical and Dental Offices

Commercial energy customers have needs that are unique and vary widely depending on the industry or business. Finding ways to save energy can mean big operational energy savings, a smaller carbon footprint and improved profitability. Businesses can qualify for efficiency programs and earn rebates for energy-saving purchases when they consider new machinery or appliances to improve operations and conserve energy.

Pioneer is committed to being your community-owned resource and to helping our commercial customers research and implement options to save money on their energy bills. We’ve curated information from specific industries and provided energy-saving tips and tricks which reduce consumption and ultimately improve your bottom line. The government-backed ENERGY STAR program provided many of the cost and energy-saving recommendations found here.


  • Replace T8 and T12 fluorescent lamps with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps and LED retrofit kits.

  • Replace screw-in CFL and incandescent lamps with Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs.

  • Use task lighting when possible and turn off overhead lights.

  • Install occupancy/motion sensors to automatically control on/off status for lighting in public areas such as corridors, bathrooms, etc.

  • Affix “Save Energy” stickers near the switches as a reminder.

Medical Equipment

  • Always turn off medical equipment in areas that are not being used, such as empty examination rooms or lab areas.

Smart Thermostats

  • Set temperatures based on hours of operation.

  • Adjust temperatures based on occupancy. For example, if the office is open before or after patients are present, adjust the thermostat based on reduced occupancy.

  • A one-degree change to the temperature setting can save up to 10 percent on heating or cooling costs.

End of Day Shutdown

  • Create a checklist of energy-saving actions for your team to perform before they go home at the end of each day.

  • Make sure all eligible medical equipment is turned off and all office equipment is either turned off or in sleep mode.

Appliances and Maintenance

  • In rooms such as bathrooms and break rooms, install ENERGY STAR appliances.
  • Fix Water Leaks and Drips
  • Install low-flow toilets, waterless urinals and low flow aerators on all faucets

These tips have been compiled from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR program. If you have any questions about other ways to reduce your energy bills, please contact your Pioneer Community Energy team by email at or by phone at (916) 758-8969.