4 Ways To Save On Warehouse Energy Bills
For many businesses, energy costs relating to operating and maintaining their warehouse facilities represents one of their largest budget expenses.
Heating and cooling large open spaces and charging the battery-powered material-handling equipment used requires a lot of electricity, but there are steps you can take to cut down. Here are some basic tips to conserve energy. For more ideas, contact your state’s utility commission.
4 Tips To Save On Your Warehouse Energy Bills
- Turn off unused machinery and lighting. Employees can be forgetful of turning off equipment and lights when not in use, but regular reminders and an attentive supervisory staff can help to instill good habits.
- Have your HVAC system inspected. Aging heating and cooling systems will become more inefficient over the years if they aren’t maintained properly.
Ask a professional technician to clean and check your system at least once a year and make any necessary repairs. If your old HVAC system is requiring a lot of maintenance, consider replacing it.
- Adjust your operations for peak energy usage times. Temperatures change inside a building according to the time of day. For instance, in the hot summer months temps will be cooler in the morning and in the early evening when the sun is less direct.
In the winter it’s warmer in midday. If possible, set your work hours for earlier and later in the day when it’s hot, and for the middle of the day when it’s cold, allowing you to use less heat and air conditioning.
- Consider outsourcing your warehousing. After doing a cost-benefit analysis, you may well find that you’ll save money in the long run if you let someone else handle your warehousing needs, and of course pay the energy and maintenance bills incurred.
With a little ingenuity and mindfulness, any type of business can find ways to lower their warehouse energy bills.