Guide To Making Your Laundromat Eco-Friendly

Posted on: 30 June 2016

Running a green, eco-friendly laundromat has a number of benefits worth considering, both for you personally and for your business. Here's a guide on making your laundromat  friendlier to the environment. Contact a local laundromat equipment provider, such as Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc., for further assistance.

Why Go Green?

There are two major reasons to go green besides your personal hope to contribute to a friendlier planet. The first is that going green will make you more resource efficient. Since laundromats have water and energy as a huge part of the cost of doing the business, this is a hugely important issue. You will literally be increasing your profit margins in the long run.

The second reason involves public relations and branding. The fact of the matter is that you will likely have plenty of competition for your laundromat. This means that it's important for you to stand out in some way if you want to outcompete other places that service the same areas as you. One effective way to do this is by prominently displaying your green approach.

Solar Heating

One method for being eco-friendly is to use solar panels on top of the building to provide the energy needed to heat water for washing. This likely won't provide all of the energy, but it will likely provide a large chunk of it. There are other laundromats out there that create most of their hot water through "clean solar thermal energy" this method, which is significant since heating is often as high as 90% of your electric bill.  

Smart Dryers

Another useful approach is to get smart dryers that dry clothes more efficiently than the traditional models. Some can actually measure how warm the clothes are and calculate how much time is needed based on the current dryer temperature and the current state of the clothes. That way, you don't use more energy than is required to get water out of the clothes.

Sonic Dryers

If you want to be highly unique, you can even wait for new technology coming out that dries clothing without using heat at all. Instead, it uses vibration to shake all of the water out of items. This tends to be more energy efficient than using simply heat, although some people might like heated dryers better just for that feel at the end of the cycle.

However, you could also use it as a selling point since it will be unique when it becomes commercially available to businesses. The dryer will also dry clothes much faster and with less energy than the rest.