For a commercial laundry operation, water and energy costs are now significant. Once any operating expense becomes a major drain on profitability, there is usually sufficient justification for management to reduce this expense. The good news for the operators of commercial laundries is that there are several things they can do to cut their water and energy costs without a major capital outlay.
Modern Washers Manufactured to be Energy Efficient
The modern washers used in most commercial laundries are designed to be both water and energy efficient. The 5 star energy rating system and the 5 star WELS water rating systems are both excellent indicators of the way in which a washer is using both energy and water. When it comes time to replace older washing machines, buying one with a 4 or 5 star rating will show immediate cost savings when the next energy or water account arrives.
At NLE Commercial, we supply and service quality brands of front load washers to suit all laundries from 25lb front load washers to 410lb pocket washers as well as continuous batch washers for large-scale commercial requirements. Our clients are always on the lookout for ways to reduce costs, so we also offer a 24-hour break down service to minimise expensive down time in the event of a malfunction.
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Our clients have found that, in the case of saving water, behavioural changes following staff training can produce surprisingly large savings. Checking that staff members are loading machines as per the manufacturer’s instructions, for example, is something simple, but unless it is monitored, incorrect loading can use more water than necessary to produce the same result.
Another simple change is to instruct staff members to operate a washer only when it is fully loaded, provided that suits the needs of the client. Sometimes this may not be possible, but in a busy commercial laundry, the machines are operating most of the time so this could offer further savings. Checking the water level during the cycle and making sure it is the same as the manufacturer’s recommendation is another saving technique.
Ways to Reduce Energy Costs
Much of the energy consumed in commercial laundries is used to heat water. Establishing optimum load sizes for washers to save water will also save energy, as you are also optimising the energy used to heat the water. Also, a regular maintenance schedule requiring components to be replaced before they become a problem will also reduce energy costs.
A Water and Energy Audit Could be the Answer
If these methods don’t deliver the savings your operation is looking for, do a water and energy audit of your entire plant. Fixing any undiscovered maintenance issues should bring consumption into line with budget expectations.