Cut Your Energy Costs with Energy Efficient Hand Dryers
Happy New Year from Excel Dryer!
For individuals and organizations alike, it’s that annual time to open a fresh 12-month calendar and begin again. It’s time to imagine and execute plans, especially those that will result in personal and professional growth. So, should old acquaintances be forgotten? If the past year had you well acquainted with high energy costs, then our answer is a resounding yes—and we can help you forget.
It makes good sense that National Cut Your Energy Costs Day occurs at this time (January 10 each year), when thoughts of positive change are on the minds of many. Business owners naturally may be thinking about ways to improve their bottom line in the coming year. Because energy efficiency can mean the difference between dollars in your company’s pocket and dollars down the drain, an examination of your energy expenses is an excellent place to start.
Energy by the numbers
When you ponder your facility’s potential energy-sucking culprits, the restroom may not immediately come to mind. It means water use, of course, some heating and cooling, and a bit of electricity for the lights. But if your restroom offers paper towels, especially in a manual dispenser, you may believe you’ve chosen the most frugal, energy-efficient hand hygiene solution there is. In the name of National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, it’s time to challenge that belief and talk about the truth: The original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryer blows away paper towels—and is the hands-down wiser choice.
XLERATOR dries in hands in 8 seconds* on just 3.7 Wh per use, expending 80 percent less energy than conventional hand dryers. We’d call it the most energy-efficient hand dryer on Earth, but we happen to know that another product wears that crown; it’s our XLERATOReco® Hand Dryer. Utilizing our exclusive no heat technology, this super-green machine draws a mere 1.7 Wh per use—while still drying hands fast (10 seconds*). If maximal energy reduction is the dream, you’ll want to consider making these signature products part of your restroom’s reality.
Speaking of reality, here’s one to keep in mind: there’s far more to a product’s energy consumption than the way that product is used. As we outlined in a post last June, a seemingly humble paper towel leads a surprisingly energetic (and costly) existence, when considered from start to finish—and over again. In the spirit of a new year, let’s take another informal look:
- Material production. For virgin paper, trees must be cut (from commercially grown forests), while materials for recycled paper towels must be collected, sorted, cleaned and processed.
- Transportation. Tons of logs, as well as loads of raw materials and finished product, need to get from A to B—and with never-ending frequency. The same is true for the used product (read: trash). That amounts to a lot of truck travel.
- Manufacturing process. All paper is born through mechanical or chemical pulping (refer to another past post for an eye-opener on water use alone), then sorted and packaged using any number of materials.
- Use. True, paper towels really don’t do much during the short prime of their lives (perhaps they’re too exhausted from phases 1 through 3). But they can make quite a mess of restrooms and clog plumbing, resulting in a high-maintenance situation.
- End of life. Recycled and recyclable: very different concepts. Even a 100-percent “recycled” paper towel—that is, one made completely from recycled fibers—has no postconsumer value. That used paper towel is landfill bound.
Although every manufactured product (yes, including a powerful electric appliance on a restroom wall) has a life cycle, not every product means an endless loop of them—marked by needless, constantly recurring expense. In fact, XLERATOR’s minimal energy use and the dramatic reduction in labor, maintenance and waste it You can see just how much your facility can save by using our Cost Savings Calculator—just enter four simple stats about your company’s paper towel use, and behold your personalized results.
Facilities of every type, including sports venues, schools, restaurants, government buildings, even the nation’s most famous train station, have successfully stopped the madness by switching to high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR Hand Dryers. As you welcome 2018, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the ways you spent last year’s energy dollars. Then, resolve to discard those costly days of auld lang syne—like so much restroom paper waste.
*Dry time and energy use testing performed by SGS International on standard XLERATOR/XLERATOReco Hand Dryers with 0.8″ nozzle to 0.25g or less of residual moisture, pursuant to the UL Environment Global Product Category Rules (PCR) for Hand Dryers.