Never has energy efficiency been such a priority for social housing providers than right now.

The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy has announced a new target to get all housing up to Energy Performance Certificate Band C, and help make people’s lives better, by 2030.

While it’s widely acknowledged social housing providers have made great strides to improve their efficiency outputs, there’s still much work to be done.

According to David Weatherall, the Energy Saving Trust’s head of policy, there are lots of energy inefficient social homes out there, a situation that’s doing very little in helping protect social housing tenants from high energy bills.

At the same time, the trust also recognised that social housing providers’ budgets are currently constrained, however, many do have long-term asset management budgets to upgrade their properties. (You’ll find more about the trust’s thoughts on the EPC target and how the social housing sector can potentially meet it in this article.

This new government energy efficiency target is undoubtedly a big deal for the social housing sector right now and for the foreseeable future. And like most widespread challenges of this scale, it can’t be achieved by making one major change. It won’t be possible to make it happen overnight either.

Meeting this new target will see social housing providers being expected to review each and every element of their energy consumption, on a strategic and practical level. And if they haven’t already done so, it’ll no doubt involve them revisiting their commercial laundry appliances.

Laundry appliances may be a smaller cog in the overall system, but still play an integral part in:

  1. Reducing energy consumption and;
  2. Making sure residents don’t get stung by high energy bills.


Commercial laundry appliances and energy usage

Most of the today’s commercial washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers are all geared up towards energy efficiency. And the technology, analysis and design of many of these systems can help reduce energy consumption no-end.

Technology – look out for models that feature energy efficient programmes where washes are faster and shorter, bringing the overall cost per use down. Certain machines are also kitted out with technology that’s specifically geared towards reducing water, gas and energy consumption.

Analysis – believe it or not, your commercial laundry appliance supplier can help you suss out if your machines are running as efficiently as possible. They aren’t just there to simply provide you with your appliances, so be sure to ask your supplier about their data monitoring services.

Design – keep an eye out for features, such as bigger drums, easy loading and simple programmes. They are all key design facets that can help you streamline your laundry processes and reduce unnecessary washes.


Social housing providers have been tasked by the Government with a major challenge right now, a challenge that isn’t possible without leaving no stone unturned – commercial washing appliances included.

Got any questions or want to find out more? Or perhaps you’d like a hand with making sure your appliances represent the very latest energy efficient developments? Contact us today on 0800 652 5692 or get in touch via our online contact form.