Case Study:

MILFORD HOSPICE REDUCES ITS WATER CONSUMPTION BY 1,000,000 LITERS


THE CHALLENGE:

Earlier this year, ResourceKraft which specialises in energy management and cost control solutions, approached the Milford Care Centre to charitably donate their core software product called Advisor.

Before ResourceKraft installed is monitoring system, Milford Hospice was having a lot of problems with on-site leaks. The County Council water bills came every 4 months and leaks went unnoticed for months until a huge bill arrived.


About Milford Hospice:

Milford Care Centre, based in Limerick, is a healthcare facility providing services to patients and residents in the areas of specialist palliative care and older people. Milford House Nursing Home was established by the Little Company of Mary in 1928 and the first Hospice beds opened in 1977. The overall infrastructure of the Centre has changed over the years but their commitment remained the same. The current hospice unit was built in 1999 and the Centre has a total number of 350 employees.

There are 47 beds in the Nursing Home and 30 in the Specialist Inpatient Unit (Hospice). There were 544 admissions to the Hospice during 2013. In addition there are two Day Care Centres with approximately 40 daily attendees, offices for our community based Hospice at Home team and an active Education Department on the campus.

The Solution:

Before ResourceKraft came to aid Milford Hospice, the County Council water bills came every 3 months and leaks can go unnoticed for extended periods of time until a huge bill arrived. To solve this problem, ResourceKraft initially installed a 16 channel data logger to monitor the 7 existing electricity meters across 4 buildings.

Due to the success of the first phase, the centre recently decided to purchase extra metres as their focus was concentrated on the mains water metering.

“We were having a lot of problems with on-site leaks”
Mr. Pat Quilan, Chief Executive

Report Card:

ResourceKraft’s water metering equipment identified a major leak in Milford’s water network months ahead of the utility bill, which helped avoid €3-€4K in wasted water and the payback on our investment was less than 2 months,” concludes Pat.

The ability to check usage on an ongoing basis, or daily if desired, is extremely useful to the company and can be done either by checking the screen or through automated reporting.

“We are very pleased to be working and helping the Milford Care Centre. The Hospice can know at any time, how much they have exactly used and the cost associated with that usage. This is a powerful reporting tool for any accounts department across any industry.”

LIAM RELIHAN, CEO, RESOURCEKRAFT