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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Housekeeping

Energy

  • Clean fixtures and bulbs regularly.
  • Clean lint filter in dryers.
  • Use low temperature detergents.
  • Set wash formula by linen type.
  • Monitor performance of washing machines and dryers.
  • Perform regular maintenance and cleaning of equipment.
  • Install dryer dampness sensors.
  • Purchase high-efficiency washing machines and dryers.
  • Install a heat recovery system to capture dryer heat and transfer energy to the HVAC system.

Waste

  • Use old guest linens as rags.
  • Transport laundry in reusable bags.
  • Recycle or reuse hangers.

Water

  • Shut off the tap while cleaning tubs and sinks.
  • Reduce amount of water used for cleaning.
  • Clean carpets with powder.
  • Wash windows only when needed.
  • Run washer/dryer only when fully and properly loaded.
  • Purchase high-efficiency washing machines.
  • Investigate ozone laundry systems.

Toxics Reduction

  • Use environmentally preferable cleaning products.
  • Use non-hazardous bleach.
  • Use fabric softeners that contain no polarizing dyes or perfumes and contain anti-chlorine.
  • Use detergents specially formulated to operate at a near-neutral pH and to be phosphate- and APE- (Alkyl Phenol Ethoxylates) free.

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