As market competition grows ever stronger, a wide range of businesses
including laundries are faced with increased cost pressure. To increase revenue
and cut cost, many laundries have adopted the recommendations and assistance of
the CLP GREENPLUS programme. By adopting electric washing and drying
equipment, such businesses not only can reduce operating costs and improve
energy efficiency, but also provide their employees with a safer and healthier
With 60 shops in Hong Kong and a 15,000 square-feet workshop, Sunshine
Laundry Convenience Store Co., Ltd. as early as 2006 and 2007, in the face of
rapidly increasing energy cost, aimed to mitigate such impact to its business by
introducing electric washing and drying equipment, and other energy-saving
measures into its day-to-day operations.
"Previously, our washing and drying equipment primarily used gas or other
fuels as their energy sources. Yet the prices of such fuel became more volatile
from 2006 to 2007 and even resulted in an increase of 10-15% per month, which
put heavy pressure on our operating expenses," said Mr. Ringo Wong, Managing
Director of Sunshine Laundry Convenience Store Co. Ltd.. He actively sought
solutions, and with CLP's assistance, Wong learned the advantages of electrical
"At present, in our shops, we have converted about two-thirds of our dryers
to electrical ones and in our workshop, 13 dryers are powered by electricity,"
Ringo Wong said. Following the replacement with electric dryers, energy
efficiency improved through reduced consumption of energy while energy costs
With nearly 20 years in the laundry sector, Wong pointed out that electric
clothes dryers provide excellent energy efficiency and drying speed, with their
drying principle making clothes softer and more comfortable. In addition, since
the electric clothes dryers do not burn gas, the working environment has become
quieter, cooler and safer while operation and maintenance are very convenient.
"Compared to traditional dryers, the electric dryers are more popular among our
staff, and thus we have adopted electrical equipment in all the stores recently
opened, including the one on Sai Yee Street in Mong Kok," Wong said.
In fact, in addition to adopting electric dryers, the company has
also implemented a number of energy-saving measures in its shops, including the
use of T5 energy-efficient fluorescent tubes and LEDs. In recent years, the
company has expanded in the self-service laundry business with the establishment
of eight 24-hour laundromats in Hong Kong. By taking advantage of CLP's non-peak
hour rates, Sunshine has not only cut its operating costs, but also successfully
attracted customers who prefer to use laundromats. The move has actually brought
in new revenue while cutting cost.
At the Green Hill Laundry Pro Shop established in 2009, CLP also proposed to
replace traditional gas dryers with electric clothes dryers, thereby
successfully reducing energy costs. Mr. Raymond Ma, Customer Services Manager of
Green Hill Laundry Pro Shop, noted that in terms of laundry by pound, for
example, by using electric clothes dryers, the company saved approximately 10%
in monthly energy expenses. "This saved resources, which allowed us to cover
spending in other areas," he said.
Ma explained that an electric clothes dryer directly dries clothes with the
heat generated by the heating element. Compared with a conventional gas dryer,
such process is simple, direct and safe. Moreover, the remaining heat in the
dryer allows clothes to be dried at a relatively low temperature, which also
indirectly improves energy efficiency.
"An electric clothes dryer doesn't burn gas, so the indoor temperature is
relatively lower, while the indoor air stays fresh, allowing employees to work
in a safer, healthier environment," Ma said. He added that the process of
replacing old equipment with electric clothes dryers is simple and quick. "As
connection to internal ventilation is not needed, installation is more flexible.
All you need is a stable supply of electricity," he stated.
Currently, the Green Hill Laundry is running three electric dryers that
provide more comprehensive functionality compared with gas dryers. Ma noted that
the equipment replacement has contributed to operating cost savings as well as
enhancement on work efficiency. "In general, the components of the electric
clothes dryers are simpler than those in gas dryers, and failure rates are
comparatively lower. Repairs can be handled by qualified electrical technicians,
which is more convenient and faster than waiting for a gas supplier to send
maintenance staff," Ma said.
Ma said with a smile that in the future, the company will first
consider electric clothes dryers when they plan to add new equipment. In fact,
through the energy-audit service provided by CLP, the company has not only
switched to electric dryers, but also converted to adopt a lighting system that
utilises energy-efficient T5 fluorescent tubes and LED bulbs. "The equipment
saves energy and is more durable, hence effectively reducing the energy costs of
the company," Ma said.