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NEW YORK, N.Y. — New York’s Upper Westside residents can now say, ‘Life’s Good’ when doing laundry thanks to LG Electronics’ new Coinmach Laundry Lounge.
The LG Laundry Lounge is a joint effort with Coinmach Service Corporation, a provider of equipment and solutions to the commercial and multifamily industries.
The new LG Laundry Lounge, hosts a new approach to the traditional utilitarian laundry – offering customers modern amenities such as three LG LED HDTV’s and free Internet access creating a more home-like experience. There is also plush seating and ample space to for customers’ sorting and folding needs throughout the lounge.
“With LG’s new Laundry Lounge concept, we’re offering patrons a fresh experience by integrating key components of the home in public laundry venues, confirming the notion that life doesn’t have to stop because you have to do laundry,” said Sam Kim, Appliance President, LG Electronics USA. “The new LG Laundry Lounge offers a dual cost benefit to the business owner and customer with its ENERGY STAR® rated machines, delivering powerful cleaning capabilities along with savings on water usage and energy costs.”
The New York LG Laundry Lounge features 26 commercial clothes washers and 32 counterpart dryers. All are front loading and meeting ADA-Compliance requirements, providing a better ease of use for people with disabilities. The machines will use ESD Card systems, eliminating the need to lug around heavy coins, adding even more convenience to the process. ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY LG’s commercial washers incorporate energy and water efficiency features that helped them achieve ENERGY STAR qualifications. At the heart of LG’s energy efficiency is the exclusive inverter control system, allowing the drum to run at a constant speed, reducing wasted energy from continuous speed fluctuation. This system also allows the washer’s drum to reach high spinning speeds, 1150 revolutions per minute. Clothes are dryer when removed from the washer and require less time in the actual dryer, saving on energy usage and costs. The drum in LG’s washers is tilted at a 10 degree angle, requiring less water to fill the back cavity where clothes are being cleaned. Additionally, LG’s machines can be programmed by facility owners to use anywhere from 11 to 16 gallons of water per load, depending on installation type and needs.
With these features, LG’s commercial washers meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 3 requirements, which recognize the most energy efficient commercial laundry machines in the market. CEE specifications are determined using a combination of the Modified Energy Factor (MEF), energy consumption based on how many cubic feet of laundry can be washed and dried with one kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity, and Water Factor (WF), the number of gallons needed for each cubic foot of laundry. LG’s machines go beyond set specifications for both metrics, which are 2.4 MEF and 4.0 WF, respectively.
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Mac-Gray Corporation’s Lighten The Load™ Initiative
WALTHAM, Mass. — Mac-Gray Corporation, a provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations announced that it received the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load(TM) initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.
“This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer.