Hotel laundry expenditures are not easy to quantify. The actual cost of a hotel's laundry operation is a combination of costs, encompassing portions of a hotel's water, electricity, purchasing of chemicals, linen, and labor expenses. Because of this, it's difficult for hoteliers to understand exactly what their hotel laundry costs are and, consequently, how to save money in that area.
In order to assess the costs, or rather, the potential overage involved in your hotel's laundry operation, let's look at a comparison between traditional hotel laundry costs and hotel laundry costs with an energy-efficient, low-water wash system.
Water Usage in Hotel Laundry Costs
On average, a US hotel uses 25 gallons of water per room, per day, for laundry. You would think that then 25 gallons, multiplied by the number of occupied rooms, multiplied by the cost of a gallon of water would equal the water cost for that day—but water costs are actually much more complex than that.
In reality, how much your hotel is paying for water depends on a number of factors, including location, population, climate and weather events, and the pricing system in place, which could be a flat rate, a standard per 1,000 gallons, or a tiered system in which prices generally increase after a certain level of usage.
If all of this seems confusing, don't worry, there is a solution: use less water.
That may seem like an overly simple solution to a complicated problem, but low-water washing machines actually help simplify the issue of water costs for hotels by taking most of the laundry cost out of the equation—80% of it, in fact, since the Hydrofinity system uses 80% less water.
Here's an example: Say a typical 250+ room hotel spends $13,926 a year in water and sewage costs on their in-house laundry operation. With a Hydrofinity low-water laundry system, that cost would drop to $3,482. That’s $10,444 in savings for just one year—imagine what your hotel could save over the lifetime of the machines.
Other Hotel Laundry Costs to Cut at Your Hotel
As we've already discussed, hotel laundry costs impact a number of different expenditure areas, so let's look at how low-water, high-efficiency machines impact other aspects of a hotel's laundry operation.
Chemicals: In order to achieve a superior clean and limit the overuse of chemicals in the wash process, Hydrofinity machines use pre-measured chemicals specific for use with polymer bead cleaning systems, and less wasted laundry soap equals less wasted money for your hotel.
Labor: Hotel labor costs are estimated to be almost half (approximately 43.5%) of total operating expenses, meaning that anything your hotel can do to implement more efficient, less labor-intensive processes will have an impact. Having a Hydrofinity low-water washing machine may actually reduce staff time required for laundry operations, due to limited need for pre-treatment and sorting.
Linen replacement: Believe it or not, the Hydrofinity low water washers are actually better at removing stains from linens than soap and hot water, so properties with Hydrofinity wash systems save on linen replacement costs as well.