How the XLERATOR® electric hand dryer can help you go green - and save green

Life Cycle Assessment

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) investigates a products total environmental impact from time of manufacture (Beginning of life) to time of disposal (End of life).

Excel Dryer had a LCA Study conducted by Quantis, an international life cycle assessment research firm, which was peer reviewed to ISO 14040 Standards. The study determined that when compared to traditional electric hand dryers and paper towels (virgin and 100% recycled content), XLERATOR® reduces the Climate Changing Score (Carbon Footprint) of hand drying by 50%-75%.

Energy Efficiency

Chart showing kilojules per use of Virgin Towel, Recycled Towel, Standard Dryer and the XLERATOR. The XLERATOR uses substantially less kilojules per use than the other 3.

The results are clear: electric air hand dryers are a better choice than paper just on the basis of energy use alone, without even considering the many other environmental impacts of the manufacture and disposal of paper.

Of course, to save energy you need a hand dryer that works quickly and effectively. Not only does the XLERATOR® dry hands in one third of the time required by conventional hand dryers, but our system is designed to run on 15-amp service (making it great for older buildings). As a result, the XLERATOR uses 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers.

Energy efficiency stats
Paper Towels743 kilojoules per use
XLERATOR76 kilojoules per use
That's 667 kilojoules of energy saved per hand dry!

Saving Green

Converting from paper towels to XLERATOR® hand dryers represents a 95% cost savings! The XLERATOR is a one-time purchase: once installed, it requires considerably less attention than paper towel dispensers, saving you money on labor and maintenance. In contrast to paper towels, which can cost $15-$30 or more per case, the energy costs of using a hand dryer amount to pennies per day. The average cost of paper towels is 2 cents per hand dry versus 1/10th of a cent using the XLERATOR!

Use our Cost Savings Analysis to calculate how much money YOU can save by installing XLERATOR hand dryers. On average, our customers enjoy a 90-95% cost savings by making the switch.

XLERATOR® Green Certifications

LEED Logo -  The XLERATOR is the first hand dryer to qualify for LEED credits. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings
and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy
places to live and work. LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)

In March 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council formally released the LEED Green Building Rating System. Today, hundreds of public and private building projects in the United States and abroad use LEED as the standard for green building specifications.

All hand dryers save trees and are a great source reduction alternative, but the XLERATOR® also saves energy! This has earned XLERATOR users qualification for LEED credits in two categories:

  • EA (Energy & Atmosphere) Prerequisite 2 - Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 1 - Optimize Energy Performance (now a mandatory credit for all LEED certified facilities)

BuildingGreen logo - The XLERATOR is the first hand dryer ever to be awarded the Greenspec Designation.BuildingGreen®

Because XLERATOR® meets a number of BuildingGreen standards (energy conservation, low maintenance requirements and waste reduction), it was the first hand dryer to be BuildingGreen Approved. BuildingGreen is a database of green products, specifications and building practices for use by architects and construction professionals. This database includes 1,750 green building products carefully screened by the editors of Environmental Building News, organized according to the 16-division CSI MasterFormat system.

Greener Product

Greener Product LLC Certification Seal demonstrates that a product has been evaluated against the LEED, LEED for Homes and NAHB green building standards using internationally recognized third-party certification organizations, laboratory test results and/or other supporting documentation. The Seal confirms the product complies with the LEED, LEED for Homes and NAHB standards and may earn credits that contribute to certification under green building rating systems, such as LEED®, LEED for Homes and NAHB.

Green Business Bureau Member Seal

Green Business Bureau

Green Business Bureau Certification provides web based certification coupled with in-person verification of an organization's green accomplishments.

Environmental Building News

EBN is the leading newsletter on environmentally responsible design and construction. It has been in print since 1992. EBN is independently published and advertising-free, its research and reporting uncompromised by corporate or industry sponsorships. EBN researchers independently tested XLERATOR® for its performance and energy efficiency and determined that XLERATOR clearly outperforms conventional electric hand dryers, both in energy savings and dry time. The editors of EBN voted XLERATOR Top Ten Product of 2002.

Read the article on XLERATOR featured in Environmental Building News.

Green Restaurant AssociationGreen Restaurant Association

The XLERATOR® hand dryer is endorsed by the GRA as the best environmental solution in the hand dryer category for the restaurant industry.

Green Hotels AssociationGreen Hotels Association

Excel Dryer is an Alley Member and approved vendor of the Green Hotels Association. XLERATOR® is the recommended hand dryer for green hotels.

Excel Dryer earned the Green Business Certification

Green America is dedicated to harnessing the economic power of consumers, investors and businesses to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.

Oikos Product Directory

The most comprehensive listing of products and services for energy-efficient, environmentally responsible building construction is available at, published by Iris Communications in Lorane, OR. XLERATOR® hand dryers are included in the directory.