The global environmental trend is growing with each passing day, transforming from a green fad into a way of life for people and businesses around the world. Companies from every industry are taking note of the various green initiative benefits to the preservation of the environment, as well as to the growth and optimization of their business operations.
Knowing this, they are starting to implement eco-friendly solutions and practices into their company culture. The benefits are numerous, from reduced greenhouse gas emission to decreased upkeep costs and sustainable production year round. Here is how you too can transform your warehouse into a green powerhouse.
Introduce Eco-friendly Lighting
One of the most effective solutions you could implement to cut down on upkeep expenses and preserve the environment is to introduce LED lighting across the board. LED lighting consumes less energy than traditional incandescent lights and it utilizes 95% of energy for light production while only 5% is wasted on heat. In contrast, traditional lights waste 95% of energy on heat and provide only 5% worth of light.
Additionally, LED lights can last for years on end without needing replacement, as opposed to traditional lights that are fragile and can usually last no more than several months.
Program the Lights and Temperature
There is no need to leave the lights on when nobody is there, and rather than relying on your employees to turn off all the lights when they leave, you can install programmable light sensors that will turn off or dim out the lights when no one is in the room, or when the facility is closed.
Additionally, in order to reduce energy waste and minimize your electricity bill, you can install a programmable thermostat that will regulate the temperature and turn the heating off when the facility is not in use.
Implement a Recycling Policy
One of the most efficient eco-friendly solutions that not only benefit the environment but also your business in many ways is introducing a strict recycling and reusing policy. Start by recycling plastic, glass, paper and all other recyclable materials. Try to use as much galvanized steel in your warehouse as possible, as galvanized steel is not only 100% recyclable, it’s also reflective and can brighten up the facility, thus cutting down on energy expenditure.
Also, reuse any materials that do not have to be thrown out, such as boxes, packing materials, pellets and, of course, pallet racking. These efforts will help the fight against the global waste crisis and save you valuable resources.
Introduce New Technologies
The 21st century has brought various new and cost-efficient technologies that enable entrepreneurs and established businesses alike to increase productivity and develop a more sustainable growth strategy than ever before. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wise to avoid implementing technologies that enable you to go green faster and more efficiently, such as the use of paperless technologies.
The use of contemporary adaptable pallet racks has enabled businesses from around the world to increase their storage capabilities. Moreover, by combining them with paperless systems, they can avoid the risks of human error due to paperwork accumulation and deliver faster results with these digital solutions.
Install a Cool Roof
A cool roof is not a roof with sunglasses and a leather jacket, as funny as that might be, it’s actually a specially designed roof made of materials that reflect the sun’s energy. This reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the facility below, cutting down on expenses, and saving energy. While cool roofs will increase heating expenses during the winter months, these expenses are greatly outweighed by the energy savings you were able to achieve in the summer.
There are many benefits to managing an eco-friendly warehouse, from energy and resource efficiency to reduced waste production, all the way down to minimized upkeep expenses and numerous subsequent benefits, such as increased brand recognition and consumer trust. By implementing these green solutions into your warehouse operations, you will have paved the road for long-term growth and success!