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Most laundromats use a lot of energy. A single washer can use 400 to 1,400 watts of energy per hour. On the other hand, dryers are some of the most energy-consuming appliances, using an average of 1,800 to 5,000 watts of energy. When most laundromats have between 40 and 100 washers and dryers, that energy usage can – and does – add up quickly. Read on to learn energy-efficient tips for laundromats.

Energy-Efficient Equipment

First (and most importantly), you need energy-efficient equipment to run an energy-efficient laundromat. If your washers and dryers are from the last century, you’re most likely spending more money and energy than necessary. Upgrading may be a significant investment upfront, but you will save money in the long run.

ENERGY STAR-certified equipment is the most efficient on the market – washers use about 25% less energy and 33% less water, and dryers use 20% less energy than standard models.

Choose Natural Gas

If natural gas is an option for powering your laundromat, take advantage of it! There are many benefits to natural gas, including the below, listed in our Laundromat Owner’s Energy Guide:

  • Faster Drying Time – Natural gas provides faster drying times, which helps keep your customers happier and allows for more loads per unit per day.
  • Better Temperature Control – Natural gas dryers can dry clothes at specific temperatures, which is gentler on fabrics and appreciated by price-conscious customers.
  • Affordability – Thanks to an abundant domestic supply, natural gas is a budget-friendly fuel expected to stay low-cost for decades. It’s a cost-effective alternative to electricity, which can often lead to high energy bills. On average, drying a typical load of laundry using natural gas will cost half as much as using electricity.
  • Gas Resources in the U.S. – An abundance of domestic natural gas allows us to offer lower prices and reduces our dependence on foreign energy.

Regular Maintenance

Regular, planned maintenance on your equipment is key to ensuring your laundromat is functioning as efficiently as possible. Here are some suggestions for daily, monthly, and annual maintenance.


  • Clean detergent residue from dispensers.
  • Clean out dryer lint filters.
  • Make sure no flammable objects are near dryers.
  • Wipe down the outside of washers/dryers.
  • Leave washer doors open overnight to prevent molding/bacteria buildup.


  • Inspect valves and hoses for leaks.
  • Remove dust and moisture from the equipment’s electrical components.
  • Inspect the seals on washer/dryer doors.
  • Check for internal dryer clogs.
  • Sanitize washer drums.
  • Check outdoor dryer weather hoods; remove any obstructions.


  • Vacuum lint from dryer ducts and heater boxes (if you receive a lot of business, do this quarterly).
  • Test coin drops/card readers.

Educate Your Customers

At the end of the day, your customers are the ones using your equipment, so encourage them to be more energy efficient, too. Hang signs near washers and dryers with energy-efficient tips to help your customers and reduce your laundromat’s energy use!

Share these tips with your customers:

  • Separate your clothes based on fabric. Washing/drying heavier clothes together and lighter clothes together will take a shorter time and use less energy.
  • It’s important not to overload washing machines as it reduces cleaning ability. Overloading dryers causes them to use more energy and take longer to dry clothes.
  • Protect your clothes by drying them on low or medium. Avoid high heat as it can damage or shrink your clothing.
  • Whenever possible, use cold water during wash cycles.
  • Use only the recommended amount of detergent. Too much may leave soap residue on your clothing, requiring a second wash.

Are you looking for more energy-efficient tips for laundromats? Download our Laundromat Energy Guide today!