Waste Reduction and Management
Electric Hand Dryers In Restrooms

What Is It?

Energy efficient electric hand dryers use hot air from a wall-mounted vent to dry hands in restrooms. Most electric hand dryers are installed in lieu of paper towel dispensers. Given the number of restrooms in businesses in Boston, an overall conversion to efficient hand dryers could have a significant impact on sustainability efforts in the city.


Life cycle analyses have demonstrated that energy efficient electric hand dryers use less energy and fewer natural resources to dry hands than paper towels. In addition, replacing paper towels with a hand dryer reduces solid waste going to landfills, which reduces disposal and maintenance costs.

  • Read more¬†about the benefits of using energy efficient electric hand dryers.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • Bella Luna
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • Dana-Farber
  • Forest City
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • John Hancock
  • Marriott
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Energy Efficient Hand Dryer Distributors in Boston


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