From labour to admin expenses to equipment repair, running a warehouse is an expensive endeavour.
Many business owners barely maintain a clear profit margin. This is largely because they haven’t streamlined most of their warehouse process. Take lighting for example; did you know that in addition to temperature control (via heating and cooling), they are the two largest consumers of energy in every warehouse?
We know these are essential costs, but agreeing to adopt energy saving measures can lead to up to £200 million across the warehousing sector every year.
The government has set up initiatives to make the UK a low carbon economy, with benchmarks like achieving carbon reductions of up to 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
With government schemes like the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme; a mandatory reporting and pricing scheme to improve energy efficiency in organisations; you can implement the following adjustments to your warehouse operations and reap profitable benefits.
Reduce All Lighting Costs:
Using the right lighting system can save up to 40% on your total energy bill. One way is by tweaking the lighting power density. The UK building code stipulates 60 luminaire lumens per circuit-watt for general lighting in office and industrial areas. Keeping your lighting in this range.
Another way is to take the initial expense to install presence detection controls to turn on and turn off lights depending on occupancy.
Follow these 5 energy saving tricks:
Good Lighting Design:
In a bid to reduce lighting cost, your building should embrace good lighting design practices. For internal lighting, the use of appropriate bulbs can impact the efficiency levels. Traditionally, many warehouses ‘inherited’ halide and sodium designs, but changing them to LED and fluorescent lights will help cut costs.
An energy saving of up to 70% is obtained and they help replace the yellow glow from sodium lamps with the cleaner white light of LEDs. Win-win.
In selected areas, take advantage of nature. Daylight can be used to light up sections of the warehouse with strategically placed skylights.
Daylight or LEDS are associated with higher worker morale.
Loading Dock Door:
Managing the temperature can be a big hassle for warehouses. With the stormy weather of the past month, the wind lashing through open warehouse doors can put a damper on warehouse proceedings. Even the closed doors can let in the elements if you forget about the fourth side.
At the loading dock, most dock doors are fitted with three-sided dock seals. However, energy can also leak through a fourth side; the open spaxes (pits) under the dock levelers. This area is a leading cause of energy loss, as many are unaware of it.
One solution is fitting a sealing curtain under the leveler. It stretches across the front of the pit; this creates a firmer seal leading to significant reduction in energy loss from your facility.
Roof And Wall Insulation:
First off, verify that the insulation levels off your building meet the guidelines for your region. These include ensuring the glass in any roof windows must have a U-value that doesn’t exceed 1.8 W/m2.K. You are also advised to, (excluding high usage entrance doors) that have a ‘U’ value worse than 3.3 w/m².k – following the guidance below for ‘Controlled Fittings’ (definitions of ‘display windows’ and ‘high usage entrance doors’ is included in controlled fittings notes.)
In buildings requiring extra cooling e.g food processing plants, consider fitting a roof with a special coating that reflects solar radiation, thus reducing surface heating.
Mind The Temperatures:
The major source of heat entry into a cool storage area is the door. Every time it is opened there is an instant portal for heat entry. Thus it is vital to have doors open for the minimum possible time.
If you run a warehouse that requires specific temperature ranges, you need to remember these tips:
You Can Save Money By Using High-Speed Cooler Doors:
The most important factors that determine a doors efficiency are its open-and-close time, (cycle time) and seal tightness of an industrial door.
Doors with low cycle times allow for increased air infiltration and thus higher energy loss. High-speed doors allow people and equipment to move more quickly through door openings, reducing the time for warm air to enter the cooler.
The most technically advanced high-speed, roll-up doors can operate at up to 100 inches per second. Some high-speed doors are also built to withstand forklift impact, which reduces the energy loss and downtime associated with fixing a broken or dislodged traditional cooler door.
The benefits of energy-saving aren’t limited to government concessions and a lower energy bill. You will be doing your bit to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately make the Earth a better place. At SRL Limited, we manufacture, repair roller shutter doors for all industries. Depending on your specifications, we build doors that match your specific needs. Our decades of experience and keeping up with changing trends put us at the forefront of today’s tech.
Call us today and lets discuss your requirements.