To keep costs down in the warehouse during the summer, you try to keep the place cool in ways that keep your energy bill down—keeping bay doors open, employees hydrated, and using fans rather than air conditioning. But what happens when you need to transition from summer savings to winter savings? Here are a few tips to keep the energy bill low keep your employees comfortable. And we’ll also give you a few tips on warehouse energy savings in general.
Lock Up Shop
Throughout the summer, warehouses generally do everything possible to keep cool without turning on the A.C., including opening as many windows and bay doors as you can while keeping up with the flow of business. With a large warehouse, you need to make sure you close up all of these windows and bay doors when the weather begins to change—meaning you look at blueprints, identify every window and door, and make sure that all of these are sealed shut. Even a few inches will let heat escape and will put more strain on your heating bill. Consider using dock shelters on your bay doors to create a seal between the building and the truck.
Change The Dress Code With Your Brand
When you provide your employees with a sweatshirt with your business’ logo and suggest a dress code policy, you do two things at once: build your brand and allow for warehouse operations at a lower temperature. When you think about the cost of heating your building month after month, that initial investment in branded sweatshirts will look like a small number.
Upgrade Your Lighting System
In the summer, you can rely on natural lighting for large areas of your warehouse, but in the winter you face more hours of darkness and spend a lot on lighting alone. By replacing your light bulbs with fluorescents, you can minimize your energy bills each month. You can also lessen your energy bill on lighting by investing in occupation-sensor lighting.
Move Your Furnace
When your furnace is located outside of the building, it’s less efficient. When you can include it in the building itself, you are able to keep more of the heat in the building and maintain efficiency. Although this can seem like a costly investment, know that outdoor furnaces are only 80% efficient, and that’s a lot of savings to be had.