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3 Ways Industrial Laundry Loads are Costing You & the Environment

Running a commercial laundry operation isn’t cheap. Between the investments that have to be made in specialized industrial washer-extractors, dryers, labor, utilities, and facility space, the cost of setting up a commercial-grade laundry operation can quickly become extraordinarily high.  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Industrial Laundry, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Laundry Costs

Water and Energy for All – Increase Use Efficiency

When it comes to remarkable growth curves, the world population graph is hard to beat. Humanity has flourished as technological advances and improvements in health care have reduced child mortality and extended lifespans. The number of humans on Earth has grown from an estimated one billion to seven billion in the past 200 years. Most remarkable in all this is all signs indicate the rate of growth is getting faster. While it took approximately 123 years for the world population to grow from one billion in 1804 to two billion, it took only 33 years to reach the three billion mark in 1960 and only 15 years to hit four billion from there. While estimates vary, experts predict the world population in 2050 will be anywhere from 7.4 billion to more than 10.6 billion.  Read More

Topics: Environment, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology

Going with the Flow: Hydropower Renewable Energy

What is Hydropower? Hydropower is electricity generated from the energy of moving water and is considered to be one of the largest sources of renewable energy. China, Canada, Brazil, the United States, and Russia are the five largest producers of hydropower representing almost one-fifth of the world's electricity. According to National Geographic, a typical hydro plant is a system with three parts: an electric plant where the electricity is produced; a dam that can be opened or closed to control water flow; and a reservoir where water can be stored. The water behind the dam flows through an intake and pushes against blades in a turbine, causing them to turn. The turbine spins a generator to produce electricity. The amount of electricity that can be generated depends on how far the water drops and how much water moves through the system.  Read More

Topics: Energy Efficiency, California Drought

PG & E Offers Energy Incentives for California-based Commercial Laundries

If you are a California-based hotel, dry cleaner, spa, athletic club or commercial laundry you may be eligible for financial incentives from PG&E for adopting polymer bead cleaning laundry systems from Xeros.  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Water Shortage, Energy Efficiency, Energy Incentives, Energy Savings

The Environmental Impact of Using Beads vs Water in Commercial Laundry

Commercial laundries are under intense scrutiny when it comes to the environmental impact of their operations. There is constant pressure to be ever more efficient with natural resources such as water, particularly in areas such as California where drought conditions have resulted in a state of emergency. Another concern is reducing the amount of effluent, or chemical waste, which is put into the environment by laundry processes. With this in mind, how does the use of polymer beads instead of water in commercial laundry impact the environment?  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Environment, Sustainability, Water Shortage, Energy Efficiency

Sbeadycare: One Stop Service for Commercial Laundry Operations

It’s true in any business - investing in new equipment or technology can dramatically increase efficiency and cut costs. So what sometimes holds some businesses back from taking this step?  In a word - time.  A large investment in new technology has a number of potential issues that can sink any business, including unexpected cost increases, unforeseen complexity, and a steep learning curve. Further, coordinating with multiple vendors can make things complicated and cloud whom to contact if things go wrong.  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Energy Efficiency, Sbeadycare, Laundry Costs, Laundry Operations

Xeros Technology Lowers the Operating Costs of Hospitality Operations

Here at Xeros, we know that the polymer bead washing system represents an enormous leap forward in laundry washing technology. The statement that this is the first true innovation in how laundry gets cleaned in over 60 years is no idle claim, it is a provable statement. For the last 60 years, the basic operating principle of dunking fabrics in hot, soapy water and sloshing it around has remained largely the same. However, the Xeros polymer bead washing technology changes the whole operation by replacing water with millions of reusable, stain-absorbing polymer beads as the primary cleaning solution.  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Energy Efficiency, Laundry Costs, Hotels

Energy Incentive Programs at Work for Commercial Launderers

All around the world, energy consumption is becoming an increasingly important concern. Many energy generation methods produce an enormous carbon footprint and consume the planet’s finite resources. In the EU, goals have been set to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% or more by 2030 and boost renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements by 27% as well. In the USA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) are cooperatively working with more than 60 leading gas and electric utility providers on what they call the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. This action plan is designed to encourage energy conservation among all energy consumers.  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Energy Efficiency, Energy Incentives

Water and Energy the Connections Run Deep

It may not seem it at first glance but energy and water are intricately linked. The connection between energy and water stretches far beyond just the use of energy to heat water for us in our homes and buildings. Our water and energy systems are truly interdependent as producing energy uses water, and providing freshwater uses energy. Water is used in every step of generating electricity and producing energy. Energy is needed to extract, transport and deliver water used for human consumption as well as to treat wastewaters so it can safely be returned to the environment. And both these processes are challenged with accelerating limits and problems.  Read More

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Green Technology

Hyatt Regency Reston Xeros Laundry Project Awarded Most Innovative Green Project by Virginia Green Program

Xeros is not the only company racking up awards this year for its innovative environmental success.  The Hyatt Regency, Reston has recently won the Virginia Green Program’s Most Innovative Green Project award.  Run through a partnership of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association the program encourages green practices in Virginia’s tourism industry. Judging criteria for the Most Innovative Green Project was the project’s uniqueness, its environmental benefit and the potential for other tourism facilities to learn from the project. And the Hyatt Regency Reston Laundry Project hit the mark on each benchmark.     Read More

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Xeros Accolades and Events, Laundry Costs, Hotels

Energy Saving Trust: Engaging Employees in Energy Saving Behaviours

With governments and institutions placing an increasing emphasis on rising energy prices and implementing CO2 legislation, there are many compelling reasons why businesses should focus on energy saving and sustainability. Indeed, there are numerous economic and environmental benefits that come from giving offices the eco-friendly refurbishments they desperately need.   Read More

Topics: Sustainability, Energy Efficiency

Ford: Setting an example with LED lighting

When Ford announced last month that it was to invest more than $25 million in LED lighting at its manufacturing facilities around the world, the headlines which followed focused on the $7 million energy cost savings the technology would achieve in the years ahead. Very good news for Ford’s bottom line, of course, but behind those headlines a powerful, more far-reaching message was being conveyed to stakeholders, such as employees and millions of existing and potential customers: Ford cares.  Read More

Topics: Energy Efficiency