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Making energy-efficient, “green” laundry equipment choices and performing routine maintenance will significantly boost coin laundry profitability and cut gas, water and electrical costs. Be certain to make cost-effective "green" changes that improve energy-efficiency and customer convenience, but still offer a solid return on investment.
Green Coin Laundry Equipment
Coin laundry owners are replacing less efficient hard-mount washers with freestanding, high-speed Continental washers. In doing so, laundries become more efficient and profitable.
By replacing old equipment with Continental high-efficiency washers and dryers – “green” coin laundry equipment – storeowners report their laundries:
- cut utilities by up to 35 percent
- offer a 60 minute wash and dry
- improve customer turnover and retention
- are environmentally friendly
- drastically boosted profits
Choose High-Speed Washers
By choosing high-speed, freestanding washers, which reach far greater extract speeds (up to 381 G-force) than traditional hard-mount washers (70-90 G-force), laundries cut natural gas usage significantly (up to 65 percent per load). This is because as extract speeds increase, so does the amount of water removed from every load. As more water is removed during extract, loads take less time in the dryer. Continental high-speed washers – “green” laundry equipment – ensure customers a 60-minute wash and dry, while simultaneously cutting natural gas usage. Thanks to a freestanding design, they slide into place easily—simplifying installation.
Choose Highly Programmable Washers
Ensure washers are highly programmable for additional savings in water and electricity. Select washers (like Continental washer-extractors) with a control that allows the owner to customize extract speed, mechanical action, multi-level pricing, time-of-day pricing, wash temperature by degree, water levels, number of baths, and wash and rinse time by minute.
Top-load washers guzzle water and energy and limit capacity, income and profit potential per square foot. Save up to 18-20 gallons of water per load by replacing toploads with high-speed Continental front-load washer-extractors – “green” laundry equipment. Replacing 10 top-load washers (that turn three times per day each) can save up to 4,200 gallons of water per week, or 218,400 gallons per year!
That's money in the bank!
Find out how much water you might save by installing "green" coin laundry equipment using our free online energy analysis.
Conduct Regular Preventative Maintenance
Consistent maintenance according to a regimented schedule is critical to a safe and “green” laundry operation (water heaters, washers and air conditioning/heating systems, dryers). Follow manufacturer recommendations found in the back of almost every installation manual for regular preventative maintenance.
Lighting systems are responsible for 35 percent of the electricity costs in typical commercial buildings, according to Alliant Energy of Wisconsin. Thus, we can assume lighting consumes a lot of electricity in a coin laundry, where a bright, clean and safe environment is critical. Energy-efficient T-8 fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts are the norm for new fixtures and can easily replace older T-12 lighting with a simple-to-install conversion kit. The kits cost around $20 per lamp, and energy savings from the conversion offer a return on investment of around five to seven years, according to Alliant Energy.