1. Use Solar Light Tubes And Cut Down On Electrical Usage
Solar tubes are cylinders used to capture natural sunlight and bring it into a warehouse, assembly center or an office. They are used to add to or even replace other lighting sources and can have a large effect on your electric bill. They are usually installed on the roof of a building and then come through the ceiling. There are even some kinds of Solar light tubes that automatically track the sun as it moves through the sky. If you install them you may even be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit.
2. Cool Your Roof
May people are shocked at how hot a warehouse roof can get. By using some basic common sense and cool roof technologies that are available today you can reduce the temperature of your roof by up to 100 degrees. The basics are fairly simple. As a beginning step coat your roof with a sturdy and highly reflective paint. The reflective paint will greatly reduce the amount of heat the warehouse will absorb. Use the same reflective paint to coat around the building’s air conditioner units. This will increase the air conditioner’s efficiency and reduce your electricity usage.
3. Upgrade your buildings Insulation.
You have two choices here plain batt insulation and loose filled or spray foam. Of the choices, the most efficient is the spray foam. It is slightly more expensive but the additional savings are well worth the extra expense.
4. Install Induction or Fluorescent Lighting
One of the best thing you can do for more efficiency is to change your lighting. You just won’t believe how much money this simple fix will save you. Most lighting is from metal halide fixtures. Replace those fixtures with fluorescent lights, when you do your new lighting will use 50% less energy. You can even save even more if you want. Switch over to induction lighting. This lighting offers about and extra 40% efficiency increase over fluorescent lighting.
5. Reduce Lighting Usage In Your Warehouse By Redoing Your Lighting Plan
One way to rethink your warehouse lighting, and as a consequence, your electricity usage is to implement a task lighting plan to reduce your energy usage. If you are involved in assembly move lighting closer to the employees. By doing this simple yet obvious thing your overall electrical usage can be reduced. You can increase your savings by combining this with natural lighting and even motion sensor triggered artificial light if you need more.
6. Install Controllable Thermostats
Controllable thermostats are used everywhere today, the problem with them is that many of them are just not programmed. We don’t know how to program them is the main reason heard for why they aren’t being used. This is absolutely no excuse for not using this money saving technology. Pick an employee and make it his job to track the temperature changes over the course of a work day and once that is done make it his or her job to learn how to and then program the thermostat. Not being knowing how to use this money saving device is no excuse.
7. Install Lighting Sensors
Lighting sensors are just motion sensors that are programmed to turn lighting off when areas in a warehouse have low activity and lighting is not critical. These areas might also be better served with the use of solar light tubes.
8. Use Destratification Fans.
In colder climates and in the winter months destratification fans can save you a bundle. What they do sounds surprisingly simple. Since hot air rises a destratification fan pushes the hot air at the top of the warehouse down to the floor of the warehouse. One of the most respected of these fans is manufactured by Big Ass Fans – Yes that’s the company’s name – By using these money saving tips, you will be surprised at the progress you company can achieve.