It is estimated that there are about 75,000-plus vehicles driven throughout Cache Valley. During the winter the carbon dioxide emissions from these vehicles can cause a smoky haze and fog during inversions. This leads to breathing difficulty for those with certain health problems. Logan Regional Hospital has been taking action to help with this problem. They have done this by reducing energy consumption and decreasing carbon emissions into the air we breathe.From 2008 to 2011 Logan Regional’s greenhouse emissions in tons of carbon dioxide has decreased by more than 50 percent. This amounts to taking 215 vehicles off the road in the valley. Since 2008, the Logan Regional mechanical team’s energy-saving initiatives have saved millions of gallons of water and almost 1,500 metric tons of CO2 gases. As an example, in 2011 the hospital installed a summertime boiler that, with special software, can communicate with the other boilers in the hospital if it needs assistance. Over the summer the boiler provided most of the energy to the hospital. The other boilers did not need to run in June and July and ran with little assistance all the way into September. Debbie Ostrander, Communications Specialist for the hospital, says the purpose of doing these things is for several reasons. The hospital wants to be green, save money and to be a good partner in the community. Besides doing the things already mentioned, the hospital is doing other things to help. “We are also heavily involved in recycling among other things,” says Ostrander. The hospital has plans for more savings in 2012. A well was installed last summer that is going to be used to reduce the building heat load with the help of heat exchangers that will help the water gain heat. Also in 2012, with the help of Logan City Power, Logan Regional Hospital looks to change all of their parking lot lights to LED.
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