ISSA “DEAL” Webinar Emphasizes “Cool” Cost Savings
Bloomington, IN – The recent webinar presented by the ISSA DEAL program and Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC., offered distributors a variety of ways to make sure this winter’s chill does not freeze profits.
DEAL, or Distributor Efficiency Analytics & Learning, is a program designed to help distributors reduce operating costs, improve profits, and promote sustainability.
The hour-long webinar provided many “ready-to-implement” tips from two presenters:
• A transportation expert from Penske, a leading transportation services company
• Clark Reed, an ENERGY STAR program manager at the EPA.
Winter truck and transportation tips included the following:
• Turn the ignition key three-quarters of the way and then stop; this gives gauges and related systems on the truck a few seconds to initialize. Then start the engine.
• Anticipate delays due to winter weather; drivers should always carry extra prescription medications.
• Use a block heater to keep the engine and battery warm; both can be negatively impacted by the cold weather.
• Drain moisture from airbrakes and air valves; they can freeze up and cause mechanicals to fail.
• Clean LED lights; because they do not heat up, LED lights can get covered with snow and ice.
Reed’s suggestions focused specifically on ways to reduce warehouse energy costs that can skyrocket during the winter months. He advised webinar attendees to do the following:
• Install destratification fans; these reduce hot and cold spots through the mixing of air and help lower heating costs.
• Segment areas in the warehouse depending on their heating needs; unused warehouse offices, for instance, do not need to be heated.
• Clean light fixtures to improve lighting; heating and lighting consume the most energy in a warehouse.
• Install LED lights and sensor operated lighting (to light warehouse areas only when occupied).
• Reduce temperature settings; every one degree reduction can produce a one- to two-percent reduction in heating costs.
As to what the recommended temperature settings should be for a warehouse, Reed said “tests by ANSI/ASHRAE* suggest the best [warehouse] settings are 68 degrees (F) when the warehouse is occupied and 55 degree (F) when unoccupied.”
* American National Standards Institute; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.