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The hidden factors that could be making your warehouses less energy efficient

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Energy efficiency is a key component to consider in order to effectively manage a warehouse, helping to ensure it remains environmentally conscious, along with saving the business large amounts of money with reduced energy expenditures.

As businesses modernise, their facilities should alongside them, to help keep up with the needs and wants of consumers, investors, and employees.

If your business is looking to become more energy efficient or if you have noticed an increase in energy bills, these expert tips will help to identify areas for improving energy efficiency in a warehouse.

Old Lighting

Whilst old lighting fixtures and bulbs may still work; it doesn’t necessarily mean they work efficiently. Due to the quantity of illumination needed for large facilities, such as warehouses, lighting accounts for 15% or more of energy usage. Therefore, it is essential to prioritise energy efficient light bulbs to improve sustainability levels.

Energy saving LED lights are ideal for illuminating larger facilities and can use up to 75% less electricity than the traditional light bulb.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are another great option when looking to source energy efficient options as, similarly to LEDs, they last much longer than traditional fluorescent and HID bulbs. This will save up to five times more energy and the bulbs themselves won’t require replacement as often, consequently saving the business money.

Planned Maintenance Schedule

A planned maintenance schedule is crucial for any warehouse to help ensure it remains energy and cost efficient. Planning ahead of time will help to prevent smaller issues from escalating into big repairs or potential equipment replacement, which may result in business downtime and financial loss.

Investing in proactive services from facilities maintenance companies, such as MSL property care services, will help to ensure your business stays on top of any issues which may arise.

Ensuring equipment is maintained and runs efficiently will reduce energy expenditure and will also  result in limited downtime from repairs, consequently lowering overall costs.

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Doors and Windows

Drafts from gaps and cracks in doors and windows may seem like an obvious issue when searching for factors which are inhibiting energy efficiency in a warehouse. However, this issue can often be missed.

What may seem like a small crack or gap in the doors or windows can be a huge source of heat loss, especially during periods of cooler weather, and as such regular inspections are needed to maintain energy efficiency.

These checks are especially important during periods of temperature change, as this tends to affect infrastructure materials, leading to a variation in sizes of cracks and leaks, which can allow more heat to escape.

Expired Insulation

Due to the size of many warehouses, quality insulation should be a priority when considering energy efficiency. Adding insulation can not only save energy by regulating temperature, but also save hundreds on energy bills each year and reduce stresses on HVAC units, improving performance.

Despite its efficiency, insulation is relatively inexpensive too. Cellulose is a good form of insulation for warehouses and is also made from environmentally friendly materials. Alternatively, fibreglass is equally effective for a warehouse facility when placed between two layers of foil.

Quality insulation will help to protect the contents of your warehouse, keeping the environment as comfortable and temperature regulated as possible.

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HVAC systems

Non-compliant HVAC systems are not only risk to your staff’s health, but they also increase energy usage if there are faulty or non-efficient components.

Key factors to review when inspecting your HVAC systems include dirty air filters, leaks in the ductwork, malfunctioning thermostats or a refringent leak.

Additionally, a non-compliant HVAC system can lead to legal issues, resulting in large fines if not functioning correctly. All HVAC systems should function in line with the European Union’s F-Gas Regulation, in addition to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2007). For more information on non-compliant HVAC systems, it is important to get in touch with a maintenance professional.

Keeping on top of these five factors can lead to a more energy-efficient warehouse, helping to keep the building as comfortable as possible, whilst also remaining eco-friendly and saving money. 

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