Everyone is looking to reduce their carbon footprints, whether in the home or the workplace and this goes for warehouse owners as well. Not only will you be minimising your environmental impact by reducing energy usage, but you’ll also save some money in the process. Here’s how your warehouse can cut your energy bills.
Refrain from using artificial lighting
According to Smart Energy, a warehouse can save as much as 50% on their electricity bills by implementing more efficient lighting systems throughout their premises. More natural lighting options you might want to invest in include larger windows, glass doors and even skylights throughout the building.
By letting the sun shine through into your premises, you’ll not only mitigate the need to turn the lights on, but you’ll also notice that the building feels warmer as a result of the sunshine streaming in. Although this will be more beneficial during the summer months, you’ll notice a considerable difference during the winter, too.
Install insulation throughout your premises
Insulation will help to minimise the amount you spend on both heating and air conditioning. The building will be able to retain its heat for longer, even if the heating has been switched off for some time. The same goes for hotter weather; your premises will remain cool during the summer season, helping to keep your employees comfortable during working hours.
Invest in new windows & doors
New windows and doors will comply with building regulations and they’ll also be double or even triple-glazed, in some cases. This will also help to retain heat within the building whilst keeping the premises cool in the hotter months, much like another form of insulation.
This, along with the additional insulation that was recommended above, will make for an incredibly eco-friendly business premises and something any warehouse owner could be proud of. Not only that, but you could be saving hundreds of pounds a year in energy costs.
Consider other ‘green’ energy-saving measures
If ‘going green’ is something that’s more important to you than saving money on your energy bills, then there are a number of different things you can do throughout your premises that’ll help to minimise your carbon footprint. Some of the other things you can do to be as eco-friendly as possible include the following:
- Reducing the amount of exposed paving – it can make your premises colder in winter and hotter in summer
- Plant trees in and around the vicinity of your warehouse – this will create some shaded areas which will cut down on cooling bills in the summer
- Use electric or LPG forklifts – these give off little-to-no emissions and they’re also easy and relatively cheap to maintain
- Choose natural or local building materials – local products will have few transportation miles associated with it, keeping your carbon footprint low
- Use recycled steel and wood – this will keep costs low as well as keep your environmental impact as low as possible
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