Warehouses are huge, breathing beasts that have their workforce as their heartbeat. On the surface it may seem impossible to conserve energy in such a sizable, fast-operating environment, but that is not the case. Energy consumption in these buildings is high and conservation of electricity should be an emerging priority for any warehouse manager through methods such as energy-saving incentives and replacing old equipment.
Reduce energy consumption
In the United States, perhaps unsurprisingly, a refrigerated warehouse uses far more electricity than an unrefrigerated one. Depending on what type of warehouse you run, the strategies you adopt to save energy will therefore vary. Energy use is still high in unrefrigerated warehouses, mainly due to lighting costs. If cutting back on expenditure on lighting is your conservation of choice, effective communication of such measures to your workforce is essential.
Inform your workforce
The internal communications you send out should be clear and purposeful, informing staff of why you are changing energy strategy—not just that you are. Productivity can be lost through ineffective communication that causes confusion, so be sure that some form of management is on hand to answer any queries. If the new instructions are to turn off all lights when leaving a room, consider using posters and reminders near light switches or on doors, so that staff become more used to the system in less time.
Whatever form of energy consumption you intend to implement in your warehouse, think about if there are any incentives you could create to encourage staff to get on board. Devise energy-saving competitions within or between departments or set company-wide goals that will result in rewards if conservation targets are met. In order to do this, you will need modern, high-tech equipment that can properly and accurately measure your warehouse’s energy consumption.
Use modern technology
The need for modern technology does not stop with meters and analytical devices. In general, using up-to-date machinery and top-quality equipment will use less electricity as they tend to be more energy efficient. Efficiency in the warehouse is aided by conveyors such as those at Fluent Conveyors, which are a reliable and robust method of transporting products and materials around the factory or storage unit.
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Change bad habits
The most basic of habit changes can make the biggest of differences when it comes to energy conservation. Ensuring doors to refrigerated rooms are shut tightly, switching lights off at the end of the working day, turning off computers after use, and not using heat or water when not necessary are all easily made alterations to working life. These changes of habit are made easier with certain physical installations such as lights on a motion sensor, and motion-sensor or push taps that cannot be left running.
Repair existing issues
It will be difficult to move your warehouse into a new age of energy consumption if there are existing issues or broken pieces of machinery that need repairing. These will be wasting energy and preventing your business from moving to a new level of eco-awareness. Get windows fixed that are allowing heat to escape, or pipes repaired that are leaking in order to save on energy use and utility bills.