In Professional Carwashing & Detailing as well as on Carwash.com, we often discuss services, marketing strategies and management advice all aimed at one goal: helping your carwash make more money. And, just like you have been told time and time again, it takes money to make money. Most of the advice we offer warrants investments in time, equipment, training, employees and so on.

But, have you considered the opposite strategy — it takes less money to make more money?

Possibly more than most businesses, carwashes rely on utilities, such as sewer and water services, electricity, heating and cooling, waste removal, etc., to successfully operate. Therefore, focusing on cost savings in these areas might help maximize efficiencies and create a stronger bottom line.

In this issue of Professional Carwashing & Detailing a few of our authors look at ways carwashes can save money on water/sewer and electricity services. By implementing a water reuse program and installing solar panels — topics we discuss in greater detail in this issue — carwashes can become less dependent on these utilities and their associated costs, which are expected to rise in coming years, and invest more resources on profitability and ways to better serve customers.

Furthermore, as more people, especially younger generations, continue to frequent your carwash, these environmentally focused initiatives are marketing advantages as well. People who truly care about the environment patronize, spend more money and drive farther to support these types of carwashes.

As a result, there are many reasons to look into technologies and systems that help you spend less to achieve more. Chances are, your area’s lawmakers are incentivizing businesses to incorporate water reclaim and solar electricity systems. Take advantage of these incentives and cost savings now before those opportunities cease to exist.