Reducing our impact on the earth and its resources doesn’t have to come at a cost. In fact, it can often save you money, particularly when it comes to the laundry room. Small actions can make big changes, so we’ve put together a list of super easy ways you can make your laundry more eco-nomical (pun intended)!
- Loading Machines Correctly
Underloading and overloading is a common mistake that can waste time and resources. Training your laundry staff on how to correctly load the machines will ensure that the correct methods are followed. We offer free training for all our customers, contact email@example.com for more information.
- Separate Heavy Linens from Lighter Linens for the Dryer
Lighter linens need less time in the dryer. For this reason, it’s a good idea to separate your heavier cotton linens, such as towels and jeans, from your lighter linens. Not only will this save on energy but it will also save your lighter linens from the damage of over-drying.
- Use a Moisture-Dry Setting Instead of a Time Setting
Make use of your dryer’s auto-dry features and select a moisture-dry setting rather than a timed setting. This will calculate a more accurate required drying time for you, preventing over-drying, wasted energy and time.
- Daily Maintenance and Regular Servicing
Daily maintenance, such as cleaning your dryer’s lint filter and cleaning your washer’s soap hopper, contributes to the longevity of your machine and ensures top performance. The same can be said for regular machine servicing. As with any machine that is serviced routinely, it will perform at its best and need less energy and resources to do its job.
- Automated Chemical Dosing
Automated chemical dosing safeguards against human error and the overuse of chemicals. Not only is the overuse of chemicals costly to you and the planet, but it can also be harmful to your linen quality.
- Have Your Wash Cycles Programmed
Engage with a laundry chemical company to program your wash cycles. They’ll be able to program it to your business’ specific laundry needs. This assures that the correct temperature, water level, number of cycles are applied, so you’re only using the resources you need, while also caring for your linens.
- Establish an Eco Policy
Many hotels and motels have adopted an Eco Policy, cutting back on how often items are washed. Rather than washing sheets and towels every day, most hotels will wash sheets once a week or at the end of your stay, whichever comes first. In regards to towels, they request their customers leave them on the floor when they want them to be changed with fresh ones.
- Upgrade Your Machines
There are many reasons upgrading your machines can benefit your bottom line and the planet.
a.) Old machines are often less efficient, this is because they’re tired and old. Also, engineering technology continues to evolve in the laundry space, making machines more and more efficient as they develop new models.
b.) If you have a top load washer, you may consider upgrading to a front load washer for your next machine. They use less energy due to the direction the tub sits, making better use of gravity.
c.) When you do purchase a front-load washer, make it a high-spin washer! High-spin washers extract water from the clothes better, saving on drying time and costs.
d.) If you do decide to upgrade, look for machines that have eco technology. This can be technology that saves on water, saves on over-drying, or saves on energy use.