MONTREAL, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - In order to reduce its greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions and its energy costs, the Jeffery Hale Hospital decided
to replace its obsolete heavy fuel oil equipment by high energy
efficiency natural gas appliances.
A significant 31% reduction in greenhouse gases
By converting its heating mode from heavy fuel oil to natural gas, the
Jeffrey Hale Hospital has not only saved on its heating bill, it has
also reduced its GHG emissions by more than 31% and has practically
eliminated the atmospheric contaminants linked to the combustion of
heavy fuel oil that are responsible for acid rain.
In concrete terms, that's 600 tonnes of GHGs that will be avoided
annually, which is equivalent to permanently removing about 150 cars
from the road.
"For us, reducing our GHGs was an important priority when it came time
to replace our heating equipment," said John Haberlin, Director of
Financial & Material Resources at the Jeffery Hale.
Exit heavy oil
While cost savings and GHG reductions may convince many, for others,
it's no longer having to maintain heavy fuel oil heating equipment that
is the winning argument. In fact, heavy fuel oil is a residue from
petroleum products that has a very thick consistency. The liquid is so
viscous that the tanks have to be permanently heated so the oil can be
burned in a boiler... a very inefficient process in this era of energy
Natural gas, on the other hand, is a clean fuel: no soot, no dark smoke.
Most of all, customers no longer have to worry about maintaining and
refilling the tank. The underground natural gas network ensures a
continuous and secure supply.
Average savings of $25,000 a year
Thanks to Gaz Métro's Energy Efficiency Programs and the Consumption
Rebate Program, the Jeffery Hale was able to benefit from significant
financial assistance which facilitated amortizing the investments
related to the high energy efficiency natural gas appliances.
"Natural gas is the least expensive energy in all markets for heating.
Based on the average prices of heavy fuel oil and natural gas in 2010,
the conversion from oil to gas could save the hospital up to $25,000 a
year," added Patrick Mekhaël, Sales Manager, Major Accounts, at Gaz
About the Jeffery Hale
The Jeffery Hale Hospital is a public institution which offers a wide
variety of primary health care services to the population of the
National Capital Region (Greater Québec City Area). The hospital
operates a residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD), with
complementary missions for hospital centre services, and also offers
community (CLSC-type) services in English.
Overview of Gaz Métro
With over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec's leading natural
gas distributor. Operating in this regulated industry for over 50
years, Gaz Métro has become the trusted energy provider to more than
180,000 customers in Quebec and 135,000 customers in Vermont while
developing the skills and expertise needed to diversify beyond natural
gas. In line with its prudent growth strategy, Gaz Métro is present in
the electricity distribution market in Vermont and in the development
of wind power projects in Quebec. Showing a competitive spirit, Gaz
Métro is committed to its customers, Partners, employees and the
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