Last updated on September 2nd, 2020 at 10:11 am

MacroAir AVD 780 - Warehouse RetailUtility costs are on the rise in warehouses and logistics centers as winter settles into the northern hemisphere. It’s not always easy to tell how you can reduce energy costs in a warehouse, but there are some relatively straightforward steps to lowering these costs in almost any kind of building.

1. Assess the current situation

Before you can determine where you can save money on warehouse energy spending, you’ll need to assess the building’s current situation. Pay particular attention to areas like strip doors, docks, windows, and exhaust areas, as these locations tend to leak air. Also assess the quality of your existing insulation.

Once you’ve identified any areas where it looks like you are wasting heating, there might be some steps to take to correct the situation. For example, you could minimize heat loss through the walls by adding cavity wall or external wall insulation. Additional insulation could also be added to the roof. Smaller heat-saving updates could include new weatherstripping around the doors and windows. After a thorough assessment of the temperature in different parts of the space, you’ll be able to tell which areas need the most attention in your energy-saving efforts.

2. Use a building management system

Research projects that the global industry for building energy management systems will reach $10.8 billion by 2024. The reason? When it comes to making your warehouse’s energy use more efficient, building management systems provide critical insights.

The best building management systems allow you to track things like temperature, airflow, electricity usage, and more. These numbers will help you see where you might be wasting energy in your warehouse so that you can make the necessary adjustments. For example, if your BMS helps you notice that you’re using a lot of electricity overnight, you might decide to shut down equipment, lights or other systems that use power after-hours.

3. Improve airflow

Many facility managers might not think about airflow while brainstorming ways to cut down energy bills. However, airflow serves a key purpose in any building: thermal equalization. When you can keep air moving throughout the building, it means there is less chance that warm air will rise and gather near the ceiling while cold air sinks to the floor.

One of the best ways to keep air moving in your space is installing an HVLS fan. Excellent HVLS fans can run in reverse, which mixes the air without creating a breeze. HVLS fans mix up the temperature layers to create an equalized, moderate temperature.

Reducing energy bills doesn’t have to be complex

It’s true that warehouses and logistics centers are large, dynamic buildings with many different systems and moving parts. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few easy ways to cut down on energy use. Start with these simple tips first and then you can look into more sophisticated methods of conserving energy to make your warehouse more environmentally-friendly and less expensive to run each month.



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