Tips For Laundromats

It’s probably no surprise that the biggest energy consumer at the laundromat is the water heater. As much as 90% of the energy needed to operate your washing machines goes to heating the water they use. To save energy and money:

  • Turn off the water heater at night when your business is closed.
  • Replace an older heater with a newer, more efficient model.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket or jacket. Make sure the heater’s operating instructions allow for this — if not, using insulation could cause a safety hazard.
  • Install high-efficiency, front-load commercial washers where possible — they’ll last longer, use about 30% less water, and reduce energy costs by up to 50%.
  • Remove lamps from multi-lamp fixtures.
  • Use energy-efficient lighting, such as high-efficiency T8 and T5 fluorescent lighting, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Replacing one 60-watt incandescent bulb with a 13-watt CFL will save about $37 over the 8,000 hour life of the bulb. CFLs also give off less heat, which helps control cooling costs.