When you own or run a warehouse, finding ways to run it efficiently is the key to success. There are many factors to consider when looking at warehouse efficiency, such as the inventory management system you use, worker safety and procedures, along with how to improve the way you use energy. Here are three ways to increase energy efficiency in your warehouse and why this is important.
The first area of your warehouse to focus on is the lighting used. Most warehouses have few people working in them or are automated by machinery. If your warehouse is one of the above, consider the type of lighting you’re using. Is it designed for human beings or for machinery? If it’s designed for humans, chances are you’re spending more money on electric costs due to lighting than you should be. Consider changing your lighting systems, including the types of bulbs and tubes you’re using, to the type of warehouse you’re running to save money and be energy efficient.
Other things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your lighting includes:
- Installing dimmers and motion sensors
- Painting walls white
- Placing windows and skylights strategically
The next area of your warehouse to look at is your HVAC system. The HVAC system of any building, especially warehouses, can be the number one cause of energy inefficiency. Since not all areas of a warehouse may need HVAC on and off throughout the year, you want to install and use a system that you can adjust at will as you check what the temperature needs are throughout the warehouse.
Other things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system includes:
- Improve the ventilation in and out of the warehouse
- Using desiccant wheels to dry air before it enters the building
- Utilize ice storage systems to cool air to reduce AC costs
The final area to check out is your roof. Most warehouse roofs soak up the solar heat, which means during winter you’re going to spend more money on temperature control for your facility. By installing cool roof technology, you can cut down on your energy costs throughout the year. Cool roof systems offer solar reflectance and thermal emittance. This means that roof can absorb less energy from the sun and reflect energy that is absorbed back into the sky. This type of roof is important for refrigeration storage and climate controlled environments.
Other things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your roofing system includes:
- Repairing or replacing your roof whenever necessary
- Consider using a roof coating depending on your area’s climate
- Hire a professional to audit your roof’s energy efficiency once a year
Energy efficiency is all about how you leverage your existing warehouse facility to work above and beyond how it’s currently working. This may need some financial investment to make it work even better but the long-term cost reduction is well worth the out of pocket costs up front.
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What kind of warehouse equipment do you buy?
We are looking to purchase large quantities of pallet racking and most other warehouse equipment.
Do you serve my location?
CONESCO serves the entire United States from multiple locations.
How quickly can we get started?
It might be quicker than you think! The first step is to give us a call or have us call you. Once we have a good understanding of your unique situation, we typically provide a quote within 5 days and will schedule a time with you to have one of our team members come visit your site.
Will you buy and remove everything from our warehouse?
Our specialty is in used pallet racks (uprights, beams, wiredecks, pallet supports), pallet rack accessories (like guide/ guard rail, netting), conveyor systems, mezzanines, and pick modules. If your warehouse also includes different material like
- shrink wraps or
then we can buy/ remove those as well.
Sometimes material is in bad shape or is a very uncommon size or outdated brand. In some of these cases we do not purchase the materials, however we still can provide you with our teardown services to remove the materials from your warehouse. We encourage everyone to reach out so we can better understand what is in your warehouse and what your intentions are. Once we have a good understanding, we are happy to provide you with our recommendations, even if that means not using us.
Will you clean up after you have finished with the shelving and equipment removal?
Absolutely! Removing used warehouse equipment is a messy job. All debris will be properly disposed of and the floors swept.
We are still operating. Can you work around us?
Yes! There are a few things that will need to happen in order to ensure everyone’s safety and some other items need communicated like an agreed upon timeline. It’s true, an operating warehouse will sometimes slow down a teardown project. But, we understand it’s necessary to avoid disruption of your business during the warehouse shelving and equipment removal process.
How long will the used equipment removal process take?
We get that question all the time! It depends on many factors such as:
- will the warehouse be shut down or,
- will it still be operating?
- How much material is there?
- Are the uprights bolted down to the ground?
Best practice is to give yourself multiple months of time in planning so that way you provide a buffer for your project to finish according to a timeline. Getting a full count of the materials and good pictures is a great way to start the process of evaluating the decommission of your warehouse.
Will you leave holes in the floor or walls after the removal process?
No. Removing floor anchors does create holes but we take responsibility for grinding them down to be flush with the cement or fill them with cement epoxy.