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Best Western Reduces Annual Costs by $25K Using EcoTex System

Best Western Plus in Tempe, AZ Drastically Reduced Annual Costs by Installing the First Best Western Approved Ozone Laundry System

Utility and labor costs are among the most draining financial investments for every business in the hospitality industry, particularly large chain hotels with cleaning costs related quick turn-around stays. By installing the EcoTex laundry system and modifying washer formulas, Tempe’s Best Western was able to reduce their overall operating cost by 37 percent.

The EcoTex system was installed at the Best Western Plus – Tempe By the Mall facility in Tempe, AZ, March 2011 nearby corporate headquarters in Phoenix, AZ. The Best Western facility by the mall is one of 4,000 independently owned and operated Best Western facilities worldwide, The World’s Biggest Hotel Family.

The Tempe location boasts 158 rooms, requiring three commercial on-premises laundry washers. Based on an audit of these washers and the programs used for traditional wash practices, the facility was spending as much as $66,000 annually for water heating (natural gas), electricity, water/sewer use, chemicals, and operating time and labor.

With the installation of the EcoTex ozone laundry system and modification of the washer formulas, the facility has reduced it’s operating cost by:

  • 86% – Hot Water/Natural Gas
  • 32% – Electricity
  • 34% – Water/Sewer
  • 29% – Chemicals
  • 37% – Labor Efficiency

This is an overall savings of thirty-seven percent (37%) for the facility. The savings include the labor efficiency factor, which the facility states that they did not necessarily pay less in overall labor costs, however, the shorter and more efficient washer cycle times enabled their staff to provide other housekeeping duties and increase the number of loads laundered in the same period.

The overall savings have reduced the facilities annual costs by nearly $25,000, providing a return-on-investment within 11 months.

In addition to the savings that the EcoTex systems provide, the staff is seeing secondary benefits. The facility’s Housekeeping Manager says “the linen is brighter, softer, and smells very fresh.” Other secondary benefits may be realized, including decreased drying times, longer linen life and cleaner water discharged to the system.

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