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Clean laundry, good karma

Original post made on Nov 15, 2008

Laundromats, on the surface, may appear to be uninteresting places. But not to Jamil Shaikh.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Thank you for sharing the green project. I understood that many little savings became a large saving. He is a super star, isn't he?

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 15, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Is this the same laundromat that was called Baywash? Back when I was an apartment dweller, used to love doing my laundry there.

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Posted by A.G.
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Kudos to Jamil! Not only is he environmentally-friendly, he is just plain friendly... Period... He's one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 16, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I do my laundry at the Moffett Coin Laundrymat, the one with the colorful thank you bubble signs on its walls. Thank you for a very clean laundrymat and thank you for going green.

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Posted by Audrey
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Jamil stands for everything that is good in our community. Way to go! Hopefully, his enthusiasm will catch on with other members of the business community. Go Green!

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Posted by Daniel DeBolt
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:14 am

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

Here is a list of improvements Jamil has made, from an email he sent:

- Replaced top load washers with the energy-star rated front load washers.
- Monitor each water bill for sudden rises in water use.
- Regularly check for and repair all leaks.
- Using only dry methods to clean outdoor hard surfaces, rather than spraying or hosing with water.
- Indoors, using dry floor cleaning methods, followed by damp mopping,
- Installed self-closing faucet.
- Changed window cleaning schedule from 'periodic' to 'as required'.


- Replaced older T-12 fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient T-8 fixtures with electronic ballast.
- Replaced all incandescent bulbs with efficient compact fluorescent.
- Reduced number of light fixtures.
-- Replaced all decorative lighting with the energy efficient LED bulbs.
- Installed timer to turn off one bank of lights.
- Installed daylight dimmer to automatically turn off lights.
- Routinely checking and adjusting lighting control devices, timers and photocells.
- Posted light switch reminders to turn off lights when not in use.
- Using standby mode on equipment.
- Installed time switch to automatically turn off the office equipment.
- Insulated all hot water pipes and storage tank.
- Regularly cleaning dryers lint-screens so they run most efficiently and use less gas.

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Posted by Elizabeth Sarmiento
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:09 am

Thank you for sharing with the community of Mountain View an opportunity to see how Mr. Jamil Shaikh is greening his business. It’s a great testimony to know that Mr. Shaikh is not only helping conserve water but that he is also saving money. I would like to mention that by participating in the Valley Water’s Commercial Clothes Washer Rebate Program, Mr. Shaikh received a $400.00 rebate for each inefficient clothes washer he replaced through the program. Any business or resident interested in helping the City of Mountain View become greener by conserving water should contact Valley Water’s water conservation hotline at (408) 265-2607 ext 2554 or visit Thank you so much Jamil.