Hospital trust cut energy bill by £100 000 by switching off lights and closing doors

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3944
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The NHS could save £35m (€40m; $55m) by adopting techniques from a behaviour change project hailed by a London hospital trust for reducing its energy bills and improving the care of patients.

Barts Health NHS Trust in London said that a pilot scheme involving 15 000 hospital staff had reduced energy costs by £100 000 in one year and could save £400 000 over the next year.

Doctors, nurses, and other staff were encouraged or “nudged” to take three simple actions to benefit the hospital and wider environment: turn off unused equipment, switch off lights, and close doors.

They were given rewards and incentives such as pens and biscuits to take up challenges under the scheme, called Operation TLC.

Barts said that the …

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