Reducing Energy Costs in Dry Cleaning
According to the Energy Information Administration, energy costs for dry cleaning facilities can run as high as 30% of the total operating cost. The good news is there are many ways to reduce your energy costs, including:
- Maintaining your equipment so that it runs at peak efficiency and reliability
- Insulating to reduce lost heat and using waste heat whenever possible
- Taking maximum advantage of your utility’s off-peak energy pricing
- Replacing outdated equipment with more efficient technology
Click on each equipment category to learn how to reduce operating costs.
Steam is essential for operating presses, dry cleaning machines and other production equipment. It accounts for a large fraction of the total energy expense in dry cleaning. Scale formation on boiler tubes is a common problem caused by improper water treatment, resulting in wasted energy and higher energy bills.
HSB’s new energy calculators can help you save 10% to 20% per year in energy costs. Use these calculators to lower your boilers and steam systems’ energy consumption and save money.
|Boiler Calculators||Insulation Calculators|
A reliable supply of clean, dry air is as essential to dry cleaning as water, steam and electricity. Compressed air is used for both control and operation of washers, driers, garment finishing and pressing equipment.
HSB's compressor energy efficiency calculator can help you reduce energy costs by allowing you to evaluate savings opportunities, including equipment upgrades and changes to your installation.
|Compressed Air Efficiency Calculators|
Lighting systems can account for up to 25% of a dry cleaning facility's energy costs. In addition to supplying necessary lighting, all lighting systems produce heat. Lighting produced heat presents a considerable added load to the air conditioning and ventilation systems. An energy efficient lighting system can save as much as 30% to 50% of lighting energy, plus 10% to 20% of cooling energy.
HSB's Lighting Calculators provides a simple way to estimate how much money can be saved by replacing older inefficient lighting fixtures with newer technology.
A reliable supply of hot water is essential to dry cleaning operations, accounting for about 10% to 20% of your energy consumption. By taking a few simple steps, such as insulating water piping and storage tanks, you can reduce your water heating bills significantly.
Lowering your hot water heating systems' energy consumption can mean big dollar savings.
|Insulation Calculators||Boiler Calculators|
No matter what kind of cooling system you have in your facility, or what part of the country you are located, you can save money and provide a more comfortable environment for you and your employees by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. Improved insulation can help cut energy use. Today's air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy than units made in the mid 1970's. If your ventilation system is not getting proper attention, energy dollars may end up on the wrong side of the fans.
Use the calculator links below to see how you can reduce operating costs.
|Air Conditioning Calculators||Insulation Calculators|
Modern dry cleaning facilities use a variety of presses and finishing machines to avoid hand ironing and pressing of garments. Always follow the equipment manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule to ensure optimum performance and extend the service life of the equipment.
Professional wet cleaning systems can significantly reduce electricity and natural gas costs. PERC dry cleaning technologies are energy intensive. Studies show that wet cleaning systems require on average 12 kWh per 100 pounds of garments compared to the average of 32 kWh per 100 pounds for the PERC systems. In addition to reducing your energy costs, wet cleaning eliminates waste disposal fees.
The use of electronic equipment in dry cleaning operations is on the rise. Office machines, energy management systems and computers represent a significant fraction of the total electricity used in dry cleaning. Implementing a power management program can save $15 to $45 annually per desktop computer.
Computers and other electronic equipment that remain on use electricity around the clock, even when not in use. Turning equipment off at night is an easy path to cost savings.
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Computers and other electronic equipment use electricity around the clock, even when not in use. Encourage employees to turn off all office equipment after hours and on weekends. Turn off lights, computers, monitors, printers and copiers at the end of each working day and ensure they’re not just in sleep mode.
Steam Generation Resources
The specialists at Hartford Steam Boiler understand your steam boilers. Our tips and guidance can help you get peak performance out of your boilers and extend their service life. Every dollar you save through reduced energy usage means more money in your pocket. Use the following resources to help you improve boiler performance and life span:
Compressed Air Resources
The specialists at Hartford Steam Boiler understand your Compressed Air Equipment. Our tips and guidance can help you get peak performance out of your compressors and extend their service life. Every dollar you save through reduced energy usage means more money in your pocket. Use the following resource to help you improve compressor performance and life span:
|Compressed Air Source Book|
|Compressed Air Leaks|
The specialists at Hartford Steam Boiler understand your lighting equipment. Our tips and guidance can help you get peak performance out of your equipment and extend its service life. Every dollar you save through reduced energy usage means more money in your pocket. Use the following resources to help you improve lighting equipment performance and life span:
|Review Your Lighting Systems To Reduce Energy Costs|
|Video||Lighting Efficiency Video|
Air Conditioning Resources
The specialists at Hartford Steam Boiler understand your air conditioning equipment, including what can go wrong and how to make it run longer and better. Use the following resources to help you improve your air conditioning equipment's operation and maintenance:
|Air Conditioning Pre-Season Checklist|
|End Of Season Lay-Up Of Air Conditioning Equipment|
|How To Make Sure Your Air Conditioning Keeps Its Cool|
|Help Your Air Conditioning System Beat The Heat This Summer|
|Videos:||Air Conditioning Maintenance|
Production Equipment Resources
The following is a general guideline for recommended maintenance of dry cleaning machines. As with all machinery, you should follow the recommendations of the manufacturer for your equipment.
|Recommended Maintenance Schedule For Dry Cleaning Machines|
The links below provide important information from publicly funded case studies of Professional Wet Cleaning systems. They provide cost comparisons of Professional Wet Cleaning with other dry cleaning technologies, including equipment costs, energy consumption and water usage.
|Best Neighborhood Care Dry Cleaner Case Study|
|Energy and Water Comparison Of Five Garment Care Technologies|
|New York State Professional Wet Cleaning Program Survey Results|
|Professional Wet Cleaning|
Electrical Equipment Resources
The specialists at Hartford Steam Boiler understand your electrical equipment, including what can go wrong and how to make it run longer and better. Use the following resources to help you improve your electrical equipment's operation and maintenance.
Electrical – Self Assessment Survey
A great deal can go wrong if an electrical distribution system is not adequately maintained. As electrical loads cycle between high and low demand, thermal expansion and contraction cause connections to loosen. Electrical panels that are never cleaned accumulate dust and dirt that deposit on these connections. The loose and dirty connections provide a high resistance path that are directly responsible for electrical failures.
Electrical preventive maintenance (EPM) is cost-effective in several different ways. First, it is cheaper to make repairs to equipment before it fails. When electrical equipment fails, particularly protective devices like circuit breakers or relays, there is usually subsequent damage to other components in the system. In addition, an effective EPM program will improve equipment efficiency and reduce utility bills. A loose or dirty connection has increased resistance which results in higher power losses. By simply cleaning and tightening electrical connections, you can lower these energy costs.
This self assessment survey should provide you some insight into ways to improve the reliability and operation of your electrical distribution system.