3 Ways to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Warehouse
Unlock energy savings for your business with the latest in warehouse technology.
Smart businesses across the globe are recognising the benefits energy efficiency can deliver for their companies. Not only does reducing energy consumption save money, it also enhances corporate reputation, and helps to combat climate change. It makes perfect business sense.
Not knowing where to start can often be the biggest hurdle to overcome. Here is some food for thought to get the ball rolling on your energy efficiency plans.
As more and more companies come under fire from investors to reduce their carbon footprint, it’s time to look at your warehouse’s temperature control system.
In many warehouses, it is both costly and inefficient to maintain the temperatures required to keep staff comfortable throughout the entire facility. Between heating and cooling equipment, a colossal amount of energy is used in warehouses each year.
Reduce energy outlays by replacing traditional heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) equipment with their more energy efficient counterparts. High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans move massive amounts of air while using less energy. Just one HVLS fan can replace up to 20 traditional high speed fans, reducing your warehouse’s carbon footprint dramatically.
Regulate warehouse temperature based on occupancy and product needs, by installing programmable thermostats with timers. This is an effective way of avoiding unnecessary energy consumption.
Although batteries might not seem directly linked to warehousing, the latest innovations in the field could be key to unlocking further energy savings for your business.
Recent advancements in lithium-ion battery technology have created incredibly long-lasting battery lives that can last for up to ten years before needing to be replaced. Lithium-ion batteries require less maintenance than conventional batteries, and also endure colder environments more effectively. Tesla’s latest batteries draw on solar power and energy from nearby power grids, allowing users to avail of more affordable energy sources.
If used in warehouse machinery such as electric forklifts, these battery technologies have the potential to forge more powerful, efficient and cost effective operations.
Lighting accounts for up to 95% of energy use in warehouses, largely owing to the fact the many are equipped with outdated metal halide and fluorescent light fittings.
The arguments in favour of switching your warehouse lighting to LED are innumerable. From a financial perspective, they offer the opportunity to cut costs in many different areas. LED light fittings require only a fraction of the energy used by CFL or incandescent light fittings. As your energy bill is calculated per kWh consumed, they can potentially deliver an immediate 80% reduction in your energy bill. As LEDs emit significantly less heat, their installation would result in a reduced need for air conditioning. Due to their long lifespan, you can also expect to see a drop in maintenance costs.
While your business will reap the financial benefits of the change, the planet will also thank you for it.
Interested in learning more about how upgrading to LED can reduce the carbon footprint of your warehouse? Contact us at [email protected], or call +353 (01) 699 3340.