By having an energy optimization strategy in place, major warehouses and distribution centers can successfully reduce energy costs, increase productivity, and improve safety throughout the facility. When putting together an energy optimization plan, having a three-pronged approach will have a more successful outcome.
1. Lighting Retrofit
Most warehouse lighting is made up of old metal halides and high-pressure sodium lamps and the issue with this lighting is that is slow to light and has a short lifespan. Both of these factors waste more energy and produce more heat, causing your HVAC system to run harder than it should. By undergoing a retrofit and switching to LEDs, warehouses and distribution centers will see several benefits, including:
- Longer lifespan
- Lower energy costs
- Lower maintenance time
- Increased productivity
- Decreased downtime
2. Lighting Control Strategy Implementation
A light control strategy will help a warehouse or distribution center reach their energy goals. But, before implementing a control strategy, it’s important to fully understand the layout of the facility and high activity areas. The first step you’ll want to take is making a list of usage areas and important workspace zones and high and low traffic aisles.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- What kind of lighting is needed?
- Where is lighting needed?
- When is the light needed?
If you’re not sure what types of controls you’ll need, this list will help you get started.
Dimming & Daylight Sensors – Used in areas with large amounts off natural lighting. These sensors are programmed to divest light during the day and will also dim based on occupancy.
Occupancy Sensing – Occupancy sensors function by detecting movement via infrared or ultrasonic sensors. This helps save energy in large facilities in areas that aren’t used as frequently.
Time Scheduling – Time scheduling is one of the most common lighting control features and is used to schedule lighting on specific days and times based on the hours of operation.
3. Strategic Energy Procurement
Since most facilities operate on a 24-hour schedule, strategically procuring energy is extremely helpful. By partnering with a skilled energy professional, you can leverage industry insights for your facilities specific needs.