Winter is a costly time for warehouses because of the heat required to keep the building warm. Some warehouse operators will delay turning the heat as long as possible to avoid this hefty cost. This isn’t always the best idea though because workers cannot be productive in cold temperatures. Sometimes it is better to get the temp up so the building can operate efficiently.
Here are some winter energy saving tips for distribution centers to help you keep costs down.
Check for Air Leaks
Small air leaks can turn into a ton of money wasted over the course of the cold season. Doors, windows and other openings the outside of the building should be inspected for potential leaks. If there are any leaks going on, take care of them with caulk, weather stripping, or other appropriate materials. If there is an area of the building with bad insulation, you should add extra protection in that area before the temperatures drop. The more warm air you can keep inside your building, the better off you will be.
Use the Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans aren’t just for circulating cold air. They can also push warm air downward in the winter months. Most distribution centers have ceiling fans throughout the building, and they can be turned in reverse during the winter. If you do not have ceiling fans in your facility, consider installing them to keep the warm air inside the building. The money you spend upfront will come back in energy savings over time.
Change the Air Filters
If the air filters are clogged, the system as a whole will need to work harder to cleanse the air. Since operating costs are high in the winter, you need to save money wherever you can. Depending how your air filtration system is set up, you may need to check it multiple times throughout the winter to make sure it is operating efficiently.
Keep Doors Closed
Entry doors should remain shut at all times unless someone is entering or exiting the building. Install automatic closing mechanisms to prevent the doors from staying open to long. the loading dock, close off any bays that are not being used. You may also need to increase the heat in this area to make up for the influx of cold air. As long as you conscientiously make an effort to keep the building sealed, you can keep costs to a minimum.
Take Advantage of Solar Energy
The sun may not be out as much in the winter, but there are still UV rays coming down. Using solar panels throughout the warehouse can cut your energy bills significantly. There are grants and tax deductions available to help distribution centers cover the cost of getting solar panels. This will reduce your upfront cost and allow you to take total advantage of this opportunity. You can help your bottom line and the environment all at once.
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