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Thursday May 17 2012 - Mr. John's Cleaners Tour/Demonstration - Small Business Conserves Energy, Saves Money

Mr. John's Cleaners
944 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

This training will award 2 CE credits which maybe used to apply to DEP for TUR Planner recertification.  Planners can also use these credits for Resource Conservation certification as well.

Even in a down economy, doing good things for the environment can do good things for your bottom line. That’s the conclusion at Mr. John’s Cleaners in Everett, where an analysis of operations showed that reducing the business’s environmental footprint also reduced operating costs. Ernie Barbato, owner of Mr. John ‘s Cleaners, investigated and implemented many improvements – some extensive, some nearly free – that have driven down costs while improving quality of service and winning new customers.

At this tour/demonstration, you will hear about the many measures the owner took to reduce energy and toxics use, such as: 

  • a conversion from perchloroethylene-based dry cleaning to professional wet cleaning
  • a boiler replacement that will reduce heating costs and pay for itself in less than four years
  • equipment changes that reduce compressed air use by half
  • installation of new lighting, pipe insulation, steam trap replacements
  • changes to delivery vehicles to reduce fuel use up to 25%
  • and other ideas that you can quickly implement in your own business. 

Says Ernie Barbato of Mr. John’s Cleaners:  “I wish I knew then what I know now.” Here is your chance to take advantage of Ernie’s knowledge.

Even though this is a dry cleaning business, any small business or property owner will benefit from learning how Barbato investigated more efficient alternatives and made decisions that were right for his facility. He will briefly describe his conversion from using perc to wet cleaning but that is not the focus of this demonstration. You will leave with a case study that documents his lessons learned.

There is only room for 15 participants so register now for this free event by contacting Maria Scholl at Maria_s@turi.org or call 978-934-4964. 

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