Save Money and the Environment!
Authored by Pat McAssey
January 6, 2014
National and global attention is shifting towards the responsible use of energy, and it is being implemented in homes and businesses via solar panels, wind turbines, paperless billing, and more. What is stopping you from implementing this in your warehouse? Here are some things to consider to reduce your carbon footprint, and save you some money in electrical bills.
Take advantage of vertical space. We have touched upon this in many articles because it is one of the easiest ways to increase storage capacity while not increasing the overall square footage of your building. By making your storage area denser instead of bigger, you reduce your carbon footprint and keep energy costs consistent.
Make sure equipment is only being used when scheduled. This will make it much easier to track the use of your forklifts and other lift equipment, which also makes it easier to forecast your future energy costs and compare them to what you were spending. Equipment down time will also be lessened on these machines because they will following a proper maintenance schedule. The equipment will be less likely to break down unexpectedly if it is only being used when it is supposed to.
As you can see, from either your business or home, electricity is one of the biggest factors for cutting down on your energy consumption and reducing your footprint. Buying efficient light bulbs and putting lights on timers will significantly lessen your energy bill, and will cut back on the waste produced from burnt out bulbs.
Along the same lines of monitoring your electricity use is making sure you are using a responsible HVAC system. Especially in the winter, make sure the heated areas of your warehouse are making efficient use of the heaters and only running them when necessary. There are many energy efficient heating systems out there, both electric and propane, that will save you money in the long run. Some models of propane heaters are appropriate for indoor use because they have a low oxygen shutoff system that will shut down the heater when it detects insufficient levels of oxygen in the air.
American Surplus can help your company reduce your carbon footprint, saving you money and electricity. We have everything from high density used pallet rack and mezzanines to efficient heaters, air curtains, and strip doors. Give us a call today! Our sales team would be more than happy to work with you on a current or upcoming project.