An LED lighting upgrade across Victoria and NSW at 15 of the 36 private hospital sites operated by Healthe Care Australia will save more than $4m in electricity bills over 10 years. The group’s remaining 21 sites across Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia also have the potential to deliver even more savings but, with longer paybacks without financial incentives, haven’t yet commenced.

Installations completed at four hospitals and one warehouse in Victoria will deliver an estimated $1m in energy bill savings over 10 years, reducing electricity consumption by 828MWh a year. These savings will be achieved by installing 2,656 LED lights. The average payback period is less than one year. A financial incentive of about 40% of the installation cost was received under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

Installations nearing completion in NSW at 10 hospitals will deliver an estimated $3m in energy bill savings over 10 years, reducing electricity consumption by 2,009MWh a year. More than 5,700 LED lights will be installed, with an average payback of 1.5 years. A financial incentive of about 45% of the installation cost will be received under the NSW Energy Savings Scheme.

In Melbourne the Brunswick Private Hospital installation of 946 LED lights will deliver bill savings of $38,000 a year and energy savings of 304,000kWh. Payback should be achieved in just over one year, thanks to a financial incentive under the VEU of almost $30,000.

The Victoria and NSW rollout created nine full-time-equivalent jobs for one year, including work by design and installation company The Green Guys Group, which required the time and skills of lighting designers and engineers, manufacturers, electricians, installers and office support staff, as well as employees of HCA engaged in asset and energy management and roll out logistics. This includes minimising impact on hospital services, with LED stock at hand on site to install in rooms when they briefly become vacant.