What uses the most energy in refrigerated warehouses
Electricity End Uses
Natural Gas End Uses
What's costing offices the most
|Average Electric Cost/Month
|Average Gas Cost/Month
|Energy Savings Potential
|Space Heating, Cooling and Ventilation
Ways to Save
Refrigeration is a large cost for warehouses with the typical refrigerated warehouse spending $750 per month!
- Simple: Keep doors closed and optimize schedules. Decrease the head pressure set point and increase the suction pressure set point up to what conditions allow; this reduces compression ratio or lift and therefore energy use as well.
- Low cost: Perform recommended equipment tune-ups and clean evaporator coils. Reduce compressor use with a floating head pressure control.
- Capital investment: Optimize fan efficiencies by replacing evaporator fan motors with electronically commutated motors or installing variable frequency drives to control the operation of evaporator or condenser fans. Upgrade evaporators and select units with low horsepower/tonnage; upgrade compressors to high-efficiency models.
Heating accounts for nearly all natural gas usage for a typical refrigerated warehouse at $166 per month. There are several simple changes to help save energy.
- Simple: Keep large exterior doors closed as much as possible during cold periods. Optimize pick-up and drop-off schedules, and use automatic doors to prevent doors from being kept open for extended periods.
- Low cost: Perform annual maintenance on all heating equipment. Ensure underfloor heating systems are properly maintained.
- Capital investment: Replace older furnaces with new energy-efficient equipment. Ensure proper insulation levels in walls, floors and roofing to lower bills and increase comfort.
Despite refrigeration and space heating accounting for the vast majority of your energy costs, there are other simple ways to save.
- Simple: Charge electric vehicles and forklifts during off-peak demand hours to help prevent higher demand charges and reduce your utility costs.
- Capital investment: Consider upgrading to high-efficiency battery chargers for electric vehicles like forklifts when replacing or re-leasing this equipment.
Lighting costs can be significant depending on the size and layout of your warehouse. The tips below will help you save as much as 70% of the cost associated with lighting.
- Low cost: Install motion sensors in aisles and other areas where lights would otherwise be left on for extended periods of time with no occupancy. Timers and photo sensors can be used to keep security and outdoor lighting on a schedule to maximize efficiency.
- Capital investment: Upgrade to LEDs to see savings of 50% or more compared to metal halide and high-pressure sodium HID fixtures! LEDs also have a longer life span resulting in reduced replacement costs, emit less heat thereby reducing the cooling load on your refrigeration system and eliminate time lost due to lighting warmup periods since they are instant-start.
See how your warehouse compares
Average EUI for Refrigerated Warehouses in the Midwest
28.9 kWh/square foot
0.13 therms/square foot