Independent research leads university to realize that the XLERATOReco® Hand Dryer uses 55 percent less energy than the UK blade-style hand dryer, representing an annual savings of £1,452

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – The The University of Reading has long been at the forefront of sustainability research and initiatives to mitigate its own environmental impact and reduce its carbon footprint. The London-based research university has made a number of changes to its existing campus infrastructure to ensure its facilities are environmentally ready for the future. In 2011, Dan Fernbank was brought in as the Energy Manager at the University of Reading. He had previously spent four-and-a-half years working for the Carbon Trust in a variety of roles and establishing a national carbon reduction program for schools. Fernbank has led several highly successful sustainability initiatives at the university, the most recent of which was the installation of the high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOReco Hand Dryers throughout the campus, which the university chose over the UK blade-style model after careful consideration.

In order to ensure that the university was installing the most sustainable hand drying solution available, Fernbank reviewed independently verified energy performance data of various high-speed hand dryers. Using the Salix Finance hand dryer calculation tool and the Carbon Trust’s Energy Technology List, Fernbank determined that the XLERATOReco Hand Dryer was the best option for the university.

According to the Salix calculator, XLERATOReco Hand Dryers offer the following benefits vs. the UK blade-style model to replace conventional hand dryers:

Compared to the UK blade-style hand dryer, the XLERATOReco

  • Dries hands in 12 seconds* using only 500 watts versus 1,600 watts (At 230V, 50 Hz)
  • Uses 55 percent less energy per use
  • Saves the university £1,452 annually
  • Is manufactured in the United States versus Malaysia

Compared to conventional hand dryers, the XLERATOReco

  • Represents an annual energy savings of 88 percent
  • Saves the university £9,053 annually

“We conduct research about climate science and sustainable construction, so we need to lead by example. Manufacturers like Excel Dryer – who continue to innovate sustainable products like the high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOReco Hand Dryer – allow us to do that,” said Fernbank. “This independent research provided assurance; someone has looked at each of these machines and come up with how much energy they would use. The research supported the XLERATOReco Hand Dryer for the long-term. This was a good opportunity to go beyond what had been done in the past and make some additional savings.”

Since 2011, Fernbank has also led the university’s carbon reduction program; achieving a 23 percent cut in their entire estates’ carbon emissions in just four years. This has saved £7.4 million cumulatively for the university. In 2014, Fernbank gained a first class honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (BSc), the same year the university won the Sustainability Leaders Award for energy efficiency. Previously, Fernbank spent four-and-a-half years working for the Carbon Trust in a variety of roles and establishing a highly successful national carbon reduction program for schools.

“XLERATOReco is a product born out of necessity, as energy efficiency is becoming a bigger concern on a global scale, especially in the United Kingdom,” said Managing Director of Excel Dryer (UK), Ltd. “Excel Dryer redefined the industry with the patented technology of the XLERATOR Hand Dryer. XLERATOReco has done it again as the most energy-efficient hand dryer in the world.”

Excel Dryer invented the patented XLERATOR® Hand Dryer technology that created the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer category and set a new standard for performance, reliability and sustainability.

All Excel Dryer models are available worldwide and can be purchased in the United Kingdom through Excel Dryer (UK) Ltd. For more information or to view the full University of Reading case study, visit

About Excel Dryer, Inc.
For over 50 years, Excel Dryer has been manufacturing the finest American made hand dryers featuring the XLERATOR Hand Dryer. Excel Dryer is a family-owned and –operated company which revolutionized the industry by inventing the patented XLERATOR technology that created the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer category and set a new standard for performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. Excel Dryer continues to lead the industry with its expanded and enhanced product line featuring adjustable speed and sound, HEPA Filtration System, adjustable heat settings, multi-voltage options and more. Combined with the most complete line of options and accessories, the best hand drying solution can be designed for any restroom environment. Excel Dryer prides itself on offering the ultimate customer service and making dependable products by employees committed to quality and dependability. Excel Dryer products are available through an established network of sales representatives who call on more than 4,000 distributors globally for distribution worldwide. Learn more about Excel Dryer at
* Dry time based on third party testing performed by SGS International on standard XLERATOR Hand Dryer/XLERATOReco Hand Dryer with 0.8 nozzle and the ThinAir® Hand Dryer to less than 0.2g of residual moisture.