The distribution industry has a big impact on our environment.
In fact, the sector’s emissions are expected to continue to rise over the next 20 years as more goods are transported by air and sea rather than the road. There are ways that distribution centres can save energy as using electricity at night is cheaper.
5 Ways To Reduce Energy Consumption
If you want to reduce your energy consumption, there are a number of ways that you can go about it.
In most cases getting in touch with experienced contractors who can assess your current situation and advise you on what steps you can take next, is best.
You can always do more to reduce your energy consumption – whether it’s making changes within the building itself or by using innovative technologies like solar panels or wind turbines.
And if reducing carbon emissions is something that concerns you as well as saving money on bills, then these changes will be doubly beneficial!
1. Choose an energy-efficient building system
We must find ways to reduce our carbon footprint without sacrificing our ability to move products efficiently and cost-effectively.
Energy efficiency can greatly impact your bottom line and is an important step in reducing emissions without sacrificing productivity or profitability. A few simple changes can go a long way toward improving energy use at your DC:
- Choose an energy-efficient building system. You can save on energy by selecting a building system with a higher rating. Look for one that has been certified by an independent agency like the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC. These certifications indicate that the building systems meet certain criteria, including:
- An overall high level of energy efficiency and durability
- A reduction in water usage
- Reduced indoor air pollution and improved indoor environmental quality
2. Invest in high-quality insulation
Insulation is an essential part of your building envelope.
Insulation is any material or product that helps reduce heat loss and gain through your walls, ceiling and/or floor. It can be made from a variety of materials including fibreglass, foam insulation and cellulose.
The best way to choose which type of insulation is right for you depends on your personal preferences, budget and the environment in which it will be installed.
Insulated wall systems include both interior foam board insulation as well as exterior gypsum board panels with an additional layer of higher-rated rigid insulation between them.
This type of wall system provides superior energy efficiency over traditional gypsum board alone but requires more effort during installation due to its extra layers (two layers plus the studs).
3. Use renewable materials
There is a big difference between the two. Although it may be more expensive to use renewable materials, you are then saving on energy costs and helping the planet at the same time.
The following are examples of some renewable materials that can be used in distribution centres:
- Biomass (wood pellets)
Natural light is also an excellent way to illuminate your distribution centre.
Natural light can reduce eye strain and improve productivity. The natural light will also help you save energy on artificial lighting, heating, and cooling.
4. Invest in water and energy-efficient technology
Water and energy-efficient technology is more expensive to install, but it pays for itself in the long run.
By using less water and energy, you can save money on your utility bills. And using less water will also help protect the environment because less pollution will go into our rivers and lakes.
5. Reduce consumption with a heat pump
A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another.
This can be used in a variety of ways, such as heating and cooling buildings, heating water or air. Heat pumps are also known as reverse cycle air conditioners (RCAC), because they use electricity to move heat rather than using it to generate it.
Heat pumps are an efficient way of transferring energy due to the Carnot cycle – this describes how much work can be done by transferring heat between two places at different temperatures.
There are several things that distribution centres do not have time for; one of them is making sure that they have an efficient heating system in place when winter rolls around.
You might be surprised at how much energy your distribution centre is using.
Find out what kinds of strategies you can use to save money and reduce the impact on the environment by educating yourself on these topics.