If you own or manage a warehouse, you are undoubtedly looking for ways to reduce energy costs. However, there is a delicate balance to reach in terms of reducing energy costs while maintaining productivity and keeping worker satisfaction as high as possible. Below, we provide some helpful tips that will help in the quest to cut energy costs in warehouses.
Consider HVLS Fans
HVLS fans reduce the amount of heat that rises within warehouses. This is accomplished by guiding warm air up toward the ceiling then downward. This mixture, commonly referred to as destratification, results in a consistent air temperature from the ceiling all the way down to the floor. In other words, HVLS fans ensure warm air moves around the entirety of your facility instead of letting it rise right away and escape through leaks in the walls and the roof. In fact, HVLS fans have saved some warehouses up to nearly 50% of their monthly energy costs.
Aside from operating in a highly efficient manner, HVLS fans also boost HVAC system functionality to boot. This is accomplished by transmitting the hot/cool air generated by HVAC systems in a comprehensive manner. Just be sure to choose a HVLS fan that provides the optimal amount of airflow for your warehouse’s unique size and shape.
Skylights are designed to allow natural light into your warehouse without providing outsiders with an opportunity to look inside. Skylights allow the sun’s light and warmth to enter your warehouse, ultimately minimizing your expenses in terms of heating and lighting costs. Just be sure to choose skylights proven to improve energy efficiency. Opt for a skylight with a top-notch energy efficiency rating and you really will save money on your energy bills for years to come.
Skylights reduce the cost of lighting and serve as a ventilation source for moist and hot air. When properly positioned, skylights will provide solar heat to an otherwise cool space, ultimately reducing energy costs that much more. Ideally, the skylight will be sized to occupy between 5% and 15% of your workspace’s total area to minimize energy costs. Furthermore, angling the skylight just right will deflect heat during the summer months, saving you more money on your energy bills.
Opt for skylight shades, blinds, and/or screens and they will block out the extra solar heat on especially hot days, serving as the ideal option for warehouses that are subjected to a wide range of temperatures. In fact, some such skylights are automated, meaning they can be operated from ground level with a remote control.
Outsource Your Warehousing
If some of your warehouse work can be outsourced to other businesses, you should give serious consideration to this approach. After all, there is no sense spending on energy bills at your site and shelling out for additional overhead costs when you can otherwise outsource the work to another group and pay comparably less. Just be sure to run a cost-benefit analysis of shifting your work to an outside company before making the decision to outsource.
Turn Off Machines When Not In Use
Be sure to turn off all machines when they are not being used. Every single machine but for the alarm system and surveillance cameras should be turned off at the end of the day. Fail to turn off machines within your warehouse and they will consume “phantom electricity” even though they are not in use. This hidden electricity use really does add that much more to your monthly energy bill. As an example, if your phantom electricity is between 200 watts and 300 watts, you will spend around $30 extra per month alone in additional energy costs. Most warehouses use more than this level of phantom electricity, meaning unplugging machines when not in use has the potential to save a considerable sum of money monthly.
Consider Flexible Scheduling
The temperatures within your warehouse fluctuate in accordance with the time of the day. Indoor temperatures are lower in the morning during summer months. Temperatures within warehouse are comparably high in the middle of the day. Ideally, your warehouse will have both winter and summer hours in which employees work early/late based on the season so that HVAC systems do not have to run for extended periods of time. As an example, scheduling work shifts in the late morning and afternoon during the winter will result in lower energy costs as temperatures are comparably high during daytime hours.
Switching to LED lighting is an incredibly effective way of lowering your electricity bill as it is much more energy efficient and does not produce as much heat as traditional lightbulbs. Replacing your lights with more efficient LED options is an easy and cost-effective way of enjoying energy savings upward of 80%, depending on what your old lighting system was. In many cases, your power company may also offer grants or credits to help you update your lighting to more energy efficient options, making it a truly win-win situation.
Another great option is to add motion detectors to your lighting systems, so your lights are not on when there is no activity in that part of the warehouse.
Other benefits of LED lighting include:
- Exceptional reliability and life span
- High level of brightness
- Instantaneous illumination
- Wide variety of available colors for employee comfort
Insulate and/or Upgrade Doors and Windows
Dock doors, regular building doors, and windows throughout your warehouse should be closely analyzed to determine if they are letting more air in and out than they should. Do not hesitate to upgrade the doors and windows to the insulated variety. This insulation helps ensure the air that is warmed and cooled within your warehouse remains within the building instead of leaking outside and hiking your monthly energy bill all the more. Dock seals are particularly important for warehouses that have high levels of activity.
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