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Energy Efficiency Quick Tips for GP Practices 

A warm comfortable environment is important for GP surgeries. With the right retrofits, surgeries can be heated efficiently to a temperature which is ideal for patients, and save money which can be better spent on patient care.

Understanding your heating controls 

Heating controls are essential for achieving energy efficiency in buildings. By understanding how these controls work, you can avoid wasting energy in unoccupied spaces or having competing heating and cooling running at the same time.  Manuals for heating controls can be found on a manufacturer’s website.

Ensure staff know which of them is responsible for setting and managing heating levels. It is recommended that you locate and review your main heating controls and thermostat regularly.

Take a look at radiator valves and how high they are set.  In corridors and toilets, settings can be low because people only visit those areas for short periods. 

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Understanding your ventilation and air conditioning 

Ventilation and air conditioning are particularly important in the summer months, especially as climate change results in more extreme summer temperatures. Purge hot air overnight, by opening windows that don’t pose a security risk. And ensure you don’t over-cool or leave air-conditioning on overnight.

Improve shading on south-facing windows with solar reduction film

Improve shading on south-facing windows with solar reduction film, solar blinds or external solar louvres. After the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to ensure that ventilation systems are working properly in order to keep people safe from airborne viruses and mould spores. 

Insulating boiler room pipework 

Uninsulated pipework in boiler rooms means heat is lost before it reaches radiators. A metre of uninsulated pipework loses around 100W whether it is pipes, valves, flanges or pumps. We recommend asking a contractor to add insulation to all exposed pipework. A further benefit can be a reduction in noise levels from the boiler.  

Setting hot water tank timers and checking on any under-sink water heater 

Hot water tank timers and under-sink water heaters are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. Setting these timers correctly and checking heaters aren’t left on when not needed can help reduce energy costs.  

More help available from our team 

In Oxfordshire, we can help by providing site assessments, investment and installation advice for better energy efficiency outcomes.  We can identify wasted energy, suggest no-cost management changes and recommend renewable and low-carbon technologies.  

You might also like our free energy efficiency checklist to get started with saving energy and carbon at your organisation.

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