The Hilton San Francisco, located in the heart of the city's restaurant, theater and shopping districts, is doing an incredible job wringing savings out of its laundry operations. According to Jo Licata, community projects manager at the 1,908-room hotel, last December the property installed new, state-of-the-art laundry equipment. The equipment includes a continuous batch washer and press, 255-pound washer-extractors, 400-pound pass-through dryers, and 165-pound front load dryers. The new equipment replaced washers and dryers purchased more than 25 years ago.
Estimated water and energy savings for 2009 will be 10.7 million gallons of water, 27,000 therms of natural gas, and 786,000 kWh of electricity. Using an EPA calculator, this equates to 700 tons of CO2 emissions saved or removing 128 cars off the road.
Kudos to the Hilton San Francisco for finding an easy way to reduce its carbon footprint. If your property's laundry equipment is as old as the Hilton San Francisco's was, don't you think it's time to consider an update? See the Kitchen & Laundry section of Green Lodging News and the Green Product & Service Directory on the Green Lodging News website for additional guidance on saving energy and dollars in your laundry.