The turbulent weather of 2015 has shown us that global warming is still an issue that needs to be tackled, and warehouses need to be doing their bit too!
Warehouse operators are constantly looking for new ways to improve their efficiency, cut costs and generally turn their warehouse into a well oiled machine.
There is also increasing pressure on businesses of all kinds to improve their green footprint, and there are a couple of measures that you can take which will not only help contribute to a ‘green’ warehouse, but also help cut costs and improve efficiency!
Reduce and Reuse
With energy costs on the rise, the most important step in turning your warehouse green is cutting your consumption as much as possible.
Warehouses produce all kinds of waste, from packaging and chemicals aright down to batteries.
Make sure that your waste is separated into recyclable sections and taken to a suitable recycling centre rather than landfill!
Packaging is another area where you can easily cut down waste by switching to lighter and biodegradable packaging.
Not only will this help the planet but should also save you money on your shipping costs.
One of the best ways to save on the electricity you use for your lighting is motion sensors.
These will ensure that only areas that are in use will be illuminated, and will turn off automatically when they don’t need to be in use.
Another option is ambient light sensors which will adjust its brightness depending on the surrounding natural light.
Replacing your existing old fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient lightbulbs can also save up to 70% in electricity.
Also bear in mind that seeing as warehouse ceilings are usually quite high, your lighting may be higher than it needs to be.
Moving your lights down closer to the actual level you’re working at may mean you actually need less lights.
There may also be options available to install solar panels on the warehouse roof.
Make sure you have a programmable thermostat, so that you aren’t using unnecessary heat overnight or at weekends if nobody is working.
Also think about your insulation. A lot of warehouses are still using Batt insulation, but this is considered outdated now, and spray foam is the preferred method.
Investing in an industrial fan is also an option to help circulate the temperature around the whole warehouse space.
While there are many ways to save energy and costs in your warehouse, many never consider the option of outsourcing their operations to a third party company.
While the idea of paying someone else to take care of your warehousing may not seem like the best way to cut costs, in the long run it actually can work out to save you a lot of money.
Paul Upton, Managing Director of Cambridgeshire-based Masters Logistical, said: “Running your own warehouse can be very expensive, and companies can end up spending a small fortune investing in trying to cut their costs.
“Having it all taken care of by a third party specialist not only can help cut costs but also affords you more flexibility!”.
Whichever way you choose to go about it, trying to make your warehouse operations more eco-friendly will not only benefit your business in the long run, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit to help the planet!