Simple Ways to Save Money & Lower Utility Costs at Your Laundromat
Utility costs are a big deal for laundromat owners. This blog will provide some simple solutions to help lower those costs, such as setting timers on lighting, installing energy-efficient bulbs, and utilizing energy-efficient equipment.
Invest in new equipment that’s energy efficient
Speed Queen notes that more than 60% of laundry owners cite high utility costs as their largest obstacle for success. Speed Queen experts also note that a new, energy-efficient Speed Queen washer-extractor saves more than 6,800 gallons of water a month and more than $1,000 per year per machine. There’s no doubt that upgrading your commercial laundry equipment to Energy Star machines that use less water and electricity can have a major impact on your monthly utility costs.
A good chunk of the energy your washers use goes to warming up the water, so encouraging your staff and customers to use cold water can save you money. Encourage cold water use by:
- Hanging signs around the laundromat to educate patrons about cold water use.
- Using Speed Queen’s Quantum Gold Controls, which allow for cycle modifiers and multi-level pricing, which allows you to charge more for warm water use.
Make sure machines are clean and well-maintained.
Commercial laundry equipment that is taken care of and regularly cleaned is going to operate at peak efficiency, which is ultimately going to save laundromat owners money. Machines should be wiped down and checked for damage regularly throughout the day. The Quantum Gold Controls noted above also have features like auto shutdown and leak detection that can help alert you to serious issues and prevent spikes in your utility costs.
Install energy-efficient lights
Simply updating your laundromat’s lighting to energy-efficient bulbs can do wonders for your electricity use. Research shows that energy-efficient lightbulbs such as halogens, LEDs, and CFLs typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents and can last 3-25 times longer.
Set timers or motion sensors on lights
Timers and motion sensors definitely come handy, especially if you operate a 24-hour laundromat. Rather than having lights on all the time, they can go on and off as needed during your business hours or when customers are using the space. Consider the same kind of timers or settings on your electronics as well, such as your office computer or television in the sitting area.
Adjust temperatures outside of operational hours
Similar to putting the lights on a timer or sensor, you can do the same thing with your thermostat. Even adjusting it by a few degrees, which likely won’t be noticeable, can make a big difference. There’s no need to heat or cool the facility substantially outside of operational hours. Using fans to help move the air around can also help to keep temperatures consistent throughout the building.
Need more help?
Whether you’re looking for energy-efficient commercial laundry equipment or just need some business consulting, the experts at Martin-Ray Laundry Systems are here.