||Hand dryers are paperless. One ton of paper uses 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space, two barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity—enough energy to power the average American home for five months. Paper towels create millions of cubic feet of waste in landfills. Hand dryers use less energy consumption and C02 pollution than producing paper towels. Help your facility earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits.