14 April 2023
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In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in incorporating SMART technology into commercial developments and one area where this technology is rapidly gaining popularity is in commercial washrooms.
However, some developers may be hesitant to invest in SMART washroom technology due to the high initial costs and lack of awareness about how a SMART washroom saves money.
Dolphin Solutions has been providing washroom solutions for over 23 years, during which we have gained extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of washroom technology. Our experienced team has a deep understanding of the industry and the latest technologies, allowing us to offer solutions tailored to the specific needs of our clients.
After reading this blog, you will understand why SMART washroom solutions are a worthwhile investment by exploring the areas where a SMART washroom saves money.
1. Reducing Water Bills
One of the primary benefits of a SMART washroom is the ability to use the Business Management System (BMS) to check the water usage history and monitor the number of litres of water being used.
If you notice that your water bills are quite high, you can examine the data and seek opportunities to reduce water usage. For example, by reducing the shut-off delay in sensor taps, lowering the flush volume in automatic flush plates, and adjusting the manual flush duration in smart toilets, a SMART washroom saves money on water bills while reducing environmental impact.
2. Reducing Energy Bills
A SMART washroom saves money on your energy bills. With the increasing cost of energy, you will want to find every possible measure to reduce your usage.
Everything in a SMART washroom is interconnected and has a ripple effect. For example, by reducing the maximum flow time in SMART enabled sensor taps, you can theoretically reduce the energy required to heat water since less water coming out of the tap means less water to heat.
Another small but effective way to reduce energy usage and soap consumption is to reduce the soap delivery time in touch free soap dispensers.
3. Save cleaning costs
Another benefit of SMART washroom technology is it can detect water usage in touch free taps and WCs, allowing you to determine whether a washroom or multiple washrooms have been used. This gives you the opportunity to adjust the cleaning schedule accordingly and strategically allocate your resources elsewhere.
Using BMS data to monitor washroom activity can save money by employing fewer cleaning staff during periods when particular washrooms are not in use, thus reducing cleaning expenses.
It is not guaranteed that every washroom will be used every day, particularly with the current hybrid working model, making it advantageous to have SMART washroom technology to help facilities managers allocate cleaning only in areas that require servicing. In other words, a SMART washroom saves money by enabling more efficient use of cleaning resources.
4. Save maintenance costs
Examining the information in the SMART washroom system also provides insight into the number of times a sensor tap has been utilised. The purpose of this analysis is to anticipate when the solenoid needs to be replaced prior to its failure, ensuring that the washroom remains fully functional and satisfying customers.
Maintaining taps is more cost-effective than replacing broken ones because it allows for proactive management of potential issues, which can prevent more significant problems and expenses down the line.
By monitoring the usage data of sensor taps in SMART washrooms, facility managers can anticipate when to replace parts before they fail completely, avoiding the cost of emergency repairs or replacement, thus saving money in the long run.
A SMART washroom saves money by enabling cost-effective maintenance and minimising unplanned expenses.
5. Save costs when buildings are unoccupied
Safety obligations in the washroom include eliminating the risk of Legionella contamination in the water supply when the building is vacant and the water is stagnant. To avoid this, facilities teams must manually flush toilets and taps during periodic visits to each washroom to keep the water moving through the system. This may result in extra costs, as a maintenance crew will have to be employed to carry out this duty when the building is unoccupied.
The incorporation of SMART washroom technology in a timed hygiene flush has improved the standard of hygienic washrooms. By using the SMART washroom system, a timed duration for the hygiene flush and cleaning mode can be set when the building remains unoccupied for extended periods. This helps to avoid the risk of Legionella contamination and cuts the cost of employing a maintenance team to manually flush all the taps and toilets.
Having a timed hygiene flush in your SMART washroom saves money on water and energy costs. This system allows water to flush only for the duration set on the BMS, limiting the amount of time water is flowing. Without a hygiene flush, there is no way to know how long a maintenance team may leave the water running during their walkabout, which can result in water wastage.
6. Reduce the risk of cost for absenteeism
Employee sickness can cause decreased productivity, missed deadlines, and lower quality of work, all of which can impact a business’s revenue. Sick employees may require time off, resulting in additional costs such as sick leave, paid time off, and outsourcing temporary staff to cover the workload.
Businesses can mitigate these effects by implementing preventive healthcare measures and strict hygiene protocols. Therefore, keeping a close eye on the Business Management System and monitoring activity in the SMART washrooms can help senior management make better decisions about how often to allocate cleaning teams to maintain top hygienic conditions.
By ensuring that the washroom is always clean and hygienic, a SMART washroom saves money for businesses by reducing the impact on the company from employee absenteeism.
The amount of money that can be saved with a SMART washroom will vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the washroom, which washroom products are SMART enabled, and local utility rates.
Nevertheless, studies have shown that incorporating SMART technology can lead to substantial cost savings over time. This is because it enables facilities managers to measure the different water and energy components in a SMART enabled washroom, allowing them to make informed decisions to reduce consumption.
What is evident is that these savings can be particularly significant for operating expenses over time, especially in large commercial or public buildings that experience high levels of foot traffic in the washroom.
What you measure you can manage, and what you manage you can improve
To improve your water and energy usage and save money, it is important to measure consumption accurately. With precise data on water and energy usage, you can manage it more efficiently and take action to optimise it.
While the initial cost of a SMART commercial washroom may be high, the long term cost savings can be significant. A SMART washroom saves money and improves the bottom line by providing data to work with, giving senior management the opportunity to make informed decisions and take action to reduce water and energy usage, optimise cleaning schedules, predict maintenance needs, control hygiene flushes, and reduce costs associated with employee absenteeism.