Laundromat reaps solar rewards

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Toronto's Beach Solar Laundromat shows how a fresh, sustainable approach can revitalize a small business. As part of a heating system overhaul in 2002/3, the laundromat's 70-year-old building was retrofitted with eight solar thermal panels that now heat its water. The refurbished system has reduced natural gas consumption by 30%. Electricity consumption per washload has fallen by the same amount, and the remaining electricity now comes from hydro and wind power. As a result of Beach Solar's changes, not only the planet has benefited. The business has seen a 160% increase in revenue, which it puts down to a green-conscious…

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