How to Improve Your Warehouse’s Energy Efficiency

Efficiency isn’t limited to how quickly and accurately your facility can push a new product out the front door— it extends to all steps of the supply chain including energy usage. Maximizing your energy efficiency will help your factory see cost savings over time, which will help your bottom line and improve your reputation as an environmentally conscious industry leader. Here’s how your organization can use energy more efficiently.

Upgrade All Warehouse Seals

Sunlight degrades rubber integrity over time, which leads to reduced effectiveness. Leaky seals around loading docks and rooms which require consistent temperatures can lead to lost energy as air escapes into the environment. Upgrade the seals in your factory if you notice drafts and cracks in the rubber seals around doorways and windows.

Looking for a larger retrofit or considering a new facility? Invest in tilted concrete walls. Tilted concrete walls require less concrete material compared to traditional versions. They also act as excellent insulators for heat and reduce noise pollution outside of a factory. You’ll qualify for LEED credits as well.

Invest in Motion Sensing Lighting

Replacing normal light bulbs with LED versions isn’t the only way to improve energy efficiency. Motion sensing lighting can help your facility realize even greater savings. Install motion sensing lights in areas with variable or limited use throughout the day to ensure lights are only on when they need to be.

Do you have operations which only take place at certain days or times? Install a timed lighting system which automatically shuts down during scheduled periods. Your employees won’t need to worry whether they remembered to turn off the lighting system in their work area since it will happen automatically.   

Upgrade Your Compressed Air System

Factories use air compressors for a variety of operations. Upgrading your system to the latest technology can help your organization increase air compressor efficiency by up to 35%. Variable speed, variable capacity and multiple other options are available depending on your facility’s individual needs.

Invest in Ceiling Fans

Does your factory use ceiling fans? Upgrade to a larger version to improve air circulation. Ceiling fans help circulate climate controlled air which can allow you to reduce the temperature you set your heating at by as much as 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you’re interested in installing industry ceiling fans in your factory but don’t have the existing electrical in place, reach out to a contractor for a consultation. The price to run the wire necessary will depend on the infrastructure you have in place. The lower the cost of installation, the sooner you’ll begin to see a return on your investment.

Install Solar Panels

Is your facility interested in LEED certification? Consider installing solar panels to gain more credits towards your desired LEED certification level. The panels can supplement traditional energy from the electric grid, while also reducing the over cost your factory pays for electricity.

The flat rooftops found on factories make them an ideal location for solar panel installation. Take advantage of the sun’s natural energy and install solar panels. As an added bonus, solar panels block solar energy from entering your factory in the summer months which help reduce the overall costs of cooling.

The federal government and several state governments also provide tax incentives for businesses that invest in renewable energy technologies. Tax incentives can offset the initial installation costs for solar panels and decrease the amount of time it takes for you to realize a return on investment.   

Upgrade Your Insulation

Poor insulation in facilities can result in drafty conditions where energy is lost to the external environment. Prevent this from taking place by replacing your insulation with a weathertight model. Over time insulation can settle. If your facility experienced roof leaks at any point in its history, there’s a chance the insulation’s integrity is also breaking down. Review your factory’s history to see when the insulation was installed as the lifespan for new insulation can vary from 20 to 100 years.

Are you interested in more ways to improve your facility’s energy efficiency? Check out this guide from energystar.gov which offers a list of best practices for improving your warehouse’s overall efficiency.

Saving energy means saving money, which can help lower costs for consumers, protect the environment and bode well for your bottom line.

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