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US Department of Energy Standards Require High-Efficiency Washers Here’s How to Get the Best Results From Them

Your Central Laundry Room Saves Water and Fuel!

With the cost of municipal water rising every year, conservation has become an important budgetary as well as environmental consideration. If your building has a central laundry room, you can save hundreds of gallons of water by using it, even if you have a washer and dryer in your own unit. A central laundry room also uses much less energy than home units. Here are some important facts:

• Your building uses 300 percent less water each year by having a central laundry room

• You could be saving as much as 8,000 gallons of water per unit per year with a central laundry room

• Central laundry rooms use 500 percent less energy than in-unit laundry machines

• Commercial washers and dryers hold more and work faster than in-home units

If you have any problems with your central laundry room, speak to your building staff. Most day-to-day problems can be solved by simple routine maintenance like cleaning, emptying filters, etc. Be sure to report any machine malfunctions to SDI right away, by phone at 800-945-WASH (9274), email at service@servicedirections.com, on our Facebook page (SDi Laundry Solutions) or through our website service request form at http://sdilaundrysolutions.com/form_service.html.

High-Efficiency Washers Save Water, Fuel, and Detergent!

• Front-load washing machines were developed to reduce the environmental impact of doing your laundry.

• They use 60% less water that traditional washing machines because the clothes tumble through a layer of water as the drum rotates, rather than sitting in a tub.

• Front loaders use 75% less soap than top loaders.

• They save electricity because your clothes dry faster. Why? Because they spin twice as fast as top loaders, removing more water from the clean clothes.

• They hold 50% more than top loaders, so you can do more laundry in less time, fewer loads overall, and you can even wash comforters in them.

• They are smaller and take up less space and can be stacked.

• Only High-efficiency laundry detergent should be used, and only a tiny bit per load (a quarter cup or less). This soap hardly produces any suds, but does a great job cleaning.

• Too much soap can damage the machine and your clothes.

• High-efficiency detergent works in cold water, so you save even more money on fuel!