Electric beds or Adjustable beds or profiling beds, whatever you call them, all plug into an electrical socket and cost you money. But how much money do they cost a year to the average healthcare facility?
The cost is related to the usage, how many times you press the button to move a function on the bed, well everyone is different and has different needs, some residents or patients will not move the bed an inch, and others are constantly adjusting so we don’t know exactly but can make an educated estimate.
Let’s say we add the standby power consumption, plus 10 backrest and knee break movements plus 5 variable height movements. Which is roughly 10 minutes of movement per day.
Each profiling bed has a power supply unit underneath the frame. If we use the Renray Corus or Carer profiling bed as an example, they both have the same power unit which draws 0.5W of standby power.
So if we calculate:
Standby Power = 0.5W
Number of hours in an average year = 8736
Current average electricity cost = 0.34 (pence per KWh)
Calculation of cost for Care/Corus bed power supply left on standby for 1 year
0.5 (watts) x 8736 (hours) = 4368
4368 / 1000 = 4.368 (KWh)
4.368 x 0.34 (pence per KWh) = 1.49 (£)
Stand-By Cost = £1.49 per year = 0.03p per week
Now lets add the example of 10 minutes of bed movement, detailed above, which will use an additional 0.009KWh per day, costing £1.04 per year or 2p per week on top of any standby power consumption.
This gives an ESTIMATED TOTAL COST of £2.53 per year or 5p per week per bed.
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