HOUSTON, Texas — Water Energy Technologies, Inc., manufactures and sells ozone laundry systems with industrial grade components built to last. Three decades of R&D with NASA, millions of dollars and thousands of hours of work have produced a system that is simple, effective, affordable and green.
Why is Water Energy Ozone Green?
Energy reduction: A Water Energy Ozone Laundry System requires that you eliminate the use of all heated water to wash all light to medium soiled linen. This should account for more than 90% of your laundry volume. By eliminating hot water, you eliminate the need to heat, on average, 70% of the water used in your laundry by 100-degrees or more. This means you will save millions to billions of BTU’s of energy each year which translates to tens of thousands of dollars saved on gas that had been used to heat your water, according to the company.
Water reduction: Customers reduce water use significantly by shortening wash programs. Shorter wash programs have fewer fills of the washer reducing water use. By eliminating the majority of chemicals when you switch to ozone, you will also eliminate the wash program steps where they are added and the steps where they are rinsed-out. On average, a successful ozone laundry program will cut your water use by 33% and accelerate your production by 40% to 50% by shortening wash cycles.
Elimination of toxic chemicals: A Water Energy Ozone Laundry System delivers sufficiently high levels of dissolved or ‘active’ ozone to the wash wheel where it replaces the majority of chemicals used in traditional laundering methods. This reduction in chemicals is extremely green for your laundry and for the environment. Chlorine and ozone neutralize each other so it is counterproductive to add any chlorine bleach to your wash. Customers also eliminate alkali, acid and softener. The elimination of these chemicals will save you money, improve the quality of your finished product and greatly improve the quality of your laundry’s wastewater. This is a very green initiative. Ozone does not need alkali to achieve superior results. If you don’t use alkali, you do not need acid to neutralize it later. If you eliminate alkali and acid, you will no longer have any chemical residual in linen that causes damage to the fibers, accelerates linen life, and makes it look dingy, feel rough and smell funny.
Air quality improvement: By eliminating chlorine bleach, you also eliminate the production of large quantities of DBP’s (disinfection by-products), also known as Trihalomethanes, in your laundry. These VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are well-known carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds) and are made in huge quantities in a typical laundry. These compounds are released from the washers into your laundry and spewed out the dryer vents in large quantities into the air around your hotel or hospital. These compounds are a very big problem but they are looked upon as ‘unavoidable’. The same problem exists with drinking water. The largest sources of indoor air pollution in your home are the washing machine, the dish washer and the shower. These are places where chlorine in tap water is mixed with organics (food, body oil, skin, etc.).
Extend linen life: By eliminating hot water and powerful chemicals, the life of linens is extended. When combined, alkali and acid create a mineral salt that remains in linen. These tiny crystals cut and damage linen fibers in the heat and tumbling of the dryers. Valuable linens end up as fuzz in lint filters. Extending linen life reduces linen replacement costs and takes stress off of the environment to grow more cotton to make more linen. This, in itself, greatly reduces the amount of water, fuel, land, labor, etc. needed to deliver quality linen to hospitals and hotels.
The design of all Water Energy Ozone Laundry Systems makes it impossible for any ozone gas to be released into the washers, according to the manufacturer — a safety feature for customers. A Water Energy Ozone Laundry System is easy to install and once it is optimized customers don’t have to touch it again. Systems are industrial-grade and have very few moving parts – translating into low maintenance requirements and a long life.