Warehouses can be major points of energy consumption, raising the bottom-line of any business. By lowering energy needs, a company can save 5% to 20% on those irritating overhead costs. Thankfully, there are methods of reducing energy usage that can be easy to implement. Some methods require new installations, whereas some methods are simply changing the way existing equipment is used, but the following recommendations do not permit extensive reconstruction.
Run Short Cycles
Allow machinery that is not always in use to be regulated. Turn lights off in areas without activities. Motion sensors are beneficial in controlling lighting functions. In a warehouse that does not contain temperature sensitive products, keep the temperature lower at night, and raise it during the afternoons. Not only will these methods decrease your energy footprint, but also it will positively influence the life of your hardware. Some of the additional benefits of short cycles are:
- Higher Operation Efficiency
- Less Repair Downtime
- Extended Life of Equipment
There are some equipment options that could provide return on investment by reducing energy footprint. Upgrade to high-efficiency motors that use less energy to produce more power. Specifically, conveyors can be ran by motors that have variable speed to match the needs of the moment. High-efficiency heating/cooling systems will alleviate high energy. Low-friction conveyor belts could reduce the amount of power needed to propel the movement. Finally, low-impact lightbulbs will draw less energy than normal incandescents, so switch to metal halides, high-pressure sodiums, LEDs or fluorescents. If renovating an old warehouse or building a new one, consider a raised start-up investment on better quality equipment to reduce longterm operating costs. Plus, less funding will be spent on maintance.
By building upward rather than outward, a warehouse can reduce land costs, transportation requirements and environmental impact. Multi-story warehouses can operate in dense neighborhoods rather than occupying large open spaces. Recover open space under the ceiling by using automatic retrieval systems, like Vertical Carousels, and Vertical Lift Modules, that reach farther than typical manual methods.
These methods of energy saving can be implemented into most any building design without heavy contracting. Remove lightbulbs from fixtures that use multiple bulbs. White walls will cater to light better than other colors, so consider a new paint job. Dock shelters reduce air exchange, so heating/cooling costs will be reduced. Replace older styles of insulation with spray foam or loose fill to reduce heat exchange. Lastly, check local energy incentives.
Sustainable warehouse implementation will benefit companies in multiple ways. Overhead cost goes down, customer appreciation increases, and environmental impact is less significant. Sustainability is a relatively easy investment that results in all around business savings.