Improving Energy Efficiency in Warehouses

Energy costs can be a significant part of warehouse operation costs. With investment of money and time, there are many opportunities for improving energy efficiency in warehouses.

Stop leaks

One of the main sources of energy losses for heated or cooled warehouse spaces is air leaking through gaps around loading-dock doors during loading and unloading. Avoid opening doors unless a truck is at the door. Install seals that fill the gap around a loading or unloading truck. Overlapping vinyl strips and fast-acting motorized door operators can also reduce infiltration.

Check weather-stripping on exterior doors. Make sure louvers or dampers on wall- and roof-mounted exhaust fans shut and seal tightly.

Maintain HVAC systems

Maintain heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems, including changing filters regularly.

Use ceiling fans

Ceiling fans make employees more comfortable in warehouses that are not air-conditioned. In addition, since moving air makes people feel cooler, ceiling fans mean that the temperature can be set higher in air-conditioned warehouses.

Put heat where you need it

In many warehouses, employees only work in limited areas, doing jobs such as shipping and packing. Rather than keeping the whole warehouse at a temperature comfortable for employees, install radiant heaters above work areas. These heaters quickly warm the people and material under them rather than the air.

Evaluate lighting

Well-designed lighting using efficient fluorescent lights can make a big difference in lighting costs. Make sure you have enough lighting for safety and to let workers do their jobs effectively.

Timers and occupancy sensors that turn off lights when no one is around can also reduce lighting costs.

Your Jackson EMC business development manager can help you find and prioritize cost-effective ways to make warehouses more efficient.