Due to the cost of living, businesses are looking for opportunities to save money in the workplace. From paperless administration to hybrid working, many companies have sought out creative solutions to save pounds and pennies. But have you thought about cutting costs in your washroom? Today, we deep dive into the costs of old washroom hygiene solutions, and why you should consider switching to their modern counterparts.
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Should I keep my old washroom facilities?
When you’re looking to save money, it can seem nonsensical to have to spend money to do so. But it may be that your old washroom solutions are causing you to pay significantly more than you need to. Let’s take a closer look at the cost comparisons between old fixtures vs new ones.
Drying your hands thoroughly after washing is an essential element of hand hygiene to minimise the spread of germs and bacteria. When microbes multiply due to damp hands, you are increasing the likelihood of staff sickness, resulting in lost productivity and potentially a negative impact on business revenue. Therefore, having a solution that encourages staff and customers to dry their hands thoroughly, is imperative to reducing absenteeism.
Electric hand dryers
Modern day hand dryers can dry your hands in as little as 10-12 seconds and require little maintenance, typically consuming just 0.5kW-1.6kW of power, costing less than £0.54 per cycle. In contrast, older hand dryers can take up to 40 seconds to dry hands fully, using up to 2.6kW of power per use, costing approximately £0.88 per cycle – calculated using the UK: Energy Price Guarantee of £0.34 per kWh.
When you consider the length of a cycle, cost of electricity and power usage, it is evident that modern day hand dryers will consume significantly less of each, helping you to save money, whilst improving hand hygiene in the workplace
Paper towels vs hand dryers
An excellent alternative when electric drying isn’t available, modern day paper towel dispensers can vary from model to model, but are typically touch-free automatic models, or pull to release units. But are they as cost-effective as hand dryers?
Ultimately, every business has unique requirements when it comes to their washroom. For instance, in high traffic environments where more than one person is likely to be drying their hands at a time, paper towels may be a preferable option. However, where space is at a premium, it is often more space savvy to provide hand dryers.
Overall, both paper towels and hand dryers have their fair share of benefits, but on average, paper towels do tend to come in as the more expensive option. When you consider the cost of plumbing bills if a toilet gets clogged with paper towels, to continually restocking supplies, the long-term costs are higher. In fact, one shocking figure showed that the annual cost to run a hand dryer is the same amount a supermarket can spend on paper towels in one day!
Could new hand dryers save your business money?
See how much you could save by switching to Pebble Hand Dryers in your washroom
From a young age, we are taught to wash our hands after using the toilet and before cooking, but why is handwashing so important? And what are the repercussions for businesses where the correct hand hygiene facilities aren’t in place?
The primary reason it’s so important to wash your hands is to stop the spread of dirt, viruses and bacteria which can lead to illness and infection. Researchers estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, 1 million deaths a year could be prevented. With illness commonly associated with poor hand washing, it’s imperative that as a business, you actively encourage staff, clients, and customers to wash their hands by offering suitable washroom products. This will help to reduce workplace sickness and create a safer and healthier space for everyone.
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Soap dispensers and hand sanitisers
In a post-pandemic world, we have seen an increase in touch free soap dispensers and hand sanitisers, with infra-red proximity technology combined with fast dose delivery to offer a user-friendly dispensing experience. But with the addition of this revolutionary technology, are touch-free systems more expensive than their manual alternatives?
The simple answer is, no. Automatic dispensers are a more environmentally friendly solution, and within high-traffic washrooms, they can help to reduce waste. This is because the unit dispenses the right amount of soap every time.
Therefore, if you’re looking to reduce costs while maintaining excellent hygiene standards, we recommend upgrading your manual soap dispenser to an automatic system, to reduce the amount of money you spend replenishing soap and sanitiser.
Modern money-saving fixtures you need
There is a comprehensive range of washroom hygiene services on the market, but we’re giving you the low down on the fixtures you may benefit from if you are looking to save on workplace expenses.
Intelligent water management systems
What is an intelligent water management system? Your business undoubtedly uses water every day, but this comes at a cost. A lot of companies are unaware of just how much money they are spending on water until they receive their annual bill. However, installing an intelligent water management system can significantly reduce water usage, not only for the benefit of your costs, but also for the environment.
Do you try and flush bad smells away? Urinals can account for 20% of water use in a commercial office setting due to constant flushing, so Citron Hygiene’s intelligent water management system is the answer. Not only does the system allow you to adjust your flushing schedule as and when you need to, but am eco-friendly urinal cartridge helps to block odours from uric salts.
Reduce water consumption by up to 90%, keep your urinals odour free and watch your water bill fall.
How does your water use add up?
See how much you could save by installing water management solutions in your washroom
Save money & elevate your washroom with Citron Hygiene
All in all, it’s clear that modern washroom facilities can save your business valuable money, which is particularly important in today’s climate.
With over 45 years earning the trust of the world’s most recognisable clients, we are here to help your brand meet a new standard for away-from-home washroom experiences. Find out how Citron Hygiene’s washroom solutions can save you money and explore our washroom services today.