There’s no way around it. We keep hearing it: if it’s not on the news, we hear it from our colleagues. Energy is scarce. And the laws of demand and supply do not make us any happier. Ultimately, less sources of energy lead to higher prices. And unfortunately, we’re there already. For laundries, this is dreaded news. Nonetheless, there’s light at the end of the tunnel; you can save energy in a practical way.
€800.000 gas bill
Last year, the Dutch bank, ABN AMRO already warned the cleaning industry when it released its calculations. They examined the consequences for several sectors of the economy.
In particular, the bank examined the extent to which companies can pass on these higher costs. If they cannot, their profits will vanish. However, if they can pass these extra expenses on to their customers, their prices will rise. ABN AMRO predicts that Dutch companies will run into either scenario very soon. And don’t be surprised to find that other countries find themselves in a similar predicament.
On August 29th, RTL Nieuws (Dutch news) filmed at a laundry when reporting the outrageous energy prices. The manager told the cameras that they’re expecting a gas bill around €850.000 (instead of €250.000 a year earlier). A €600.000 difference is very difficult to overcome for a laundry.
View the segment of RTL Nieuws here (only in Dutch and from time mark 02:17)
A Reliable Temperature and Water level Sensor Saves Money
With all the information that’s swinging around, it’s hard to get grip on the situation. But what one needs in these times is clarity. Saving money can be easier than you might think. And it all starts with your washer’s temperature sensor.
Often, a washer and dryer’s PT-100 or NTC sensor have a deviation; especially when they get older, temperature sensors become less reliable. Unfortunately, they show a lower temperature than reality. Consequently, the machine heats up unnecessarily. This of course is a waste of valuable energy. The same applies to your water level sensor. If the water level sensor does not work properly, the washer thinks it needs to pump up extra water. Again, this is a waste of energy.
Validate Your Sensor
Luckily, you can prevent a higher energy bill easily. There are more ways, but the easiest way is to throw a logger into a batch. Often, detergent suppliers do this, but in these times, it wouldn’t hurt to validate your PT-100 or NTC sensor more often. You can save up to €1000 with this simple test.
Infrared Sensor on Dryer
Often, regular dryers cannot dry the linen in the set time; the clothes come out humid. What happens as a consequence? Right, the wet laundry goes back in the dryer. As a result, you end up using an excessive amount of gas, which in turn leads to too much hot air blowing in nature. Also, with the increasing scarcity of energy, this results in extremely high energy bills
An infrared sensor is installed on an infrared dryer. This sensor ensures a shorter drying time, which actually dries the linen. In fact, an infrared dryer can save 40% time compared to a regular dryer. This way, the linen is not dried longer than necessary; thus, no more residue ends up in the environment and lower energy costs.
5 Proven Benefits of an Infrared Dryer
This shorter drying time then results in five proven benefits for the laundry:
- Smart energy saving
- Better quality of the dried linen
- The chance of wet linen after drying is minimal
- Longer lifespan of textiles
- 40% saving of time and costs compared to regular dryers
Want to know more?
Vartex can help you with both ways of energy saving. If you have any questions about validating your PT-100 temperature sensors, feel free to reach out or visit our website. We’re there to help. Want to know more about infrared sensors, just send us an email 🙂