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Warehouse & Storage

For the warehouse and storage sector, lighting and HVAC account for almost 50% of the total energy usage. If a facility is used for cold storage, the amount of energy needed for refrigeration increases substantially, and can account for up to 70% of energy usage. There are many opportunities to improve the efficiency of lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration components, and reduce operating costs.
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Next, consider upgrading older, less efficient equipment and installing controls on lighting and building equipment. Many of these upgrades are eligible for incentives that can reduce capital costs and shorten the payback period, such as:

Minimize Air Infiltration

Minimize Air Infiltration

One major source of energy loss for warehouses can be air infiltration through open loading docks and doors. Similarly, refrigerated areas within warehouses lose a lot of energy when doors are left open to allow forklifts to come and go. Consider the use of strip curtains and/or controls to minimize air losses.

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Optimize Refrigeration

Optimize Refrigeration

There are a number of technologies that can be considered, including:
• Addition of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) in refrigeration units
• Properly sized evaporator coils cooled with VFD-controlled fans can optimize the energy performance of refrigeration units
• Installation of proper insulation and efficient compressor motors
• Controllers that initiate defrost cycles based on actual ice buildup versus those that run on timers

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Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Lighting is typically one of the largest consumers of energy in a warehouse; accordingly, it often can represent the best opportunities for savings.

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Install Lighting controls

Install Lighting controls

Whether occupancy sensors or the addition of skylights and daylighting controls are a better option, controls to adjust lighting levels as needed can produce large energy savings.

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Real World Savings

Large Industrial Warehouses

Large Industrial Warehouses

Project Description

Replace UPS Systems

  • Equipment Cost: $115,000
  • Incentive: $23,733
  • Annual Savings: 454,677 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 2 Years*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Refrigerated Food Storage Warehouse

Refrigerated Food Storage Warehouse

Project Description

Addition of 4 VFDs on Refrigeration Condensor

  • Equipment Cost: $4,446
  • Incentive: $2,223
  • Annual Savings: 65,231 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 6 Months*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Warehouse

Warehouse

Project Description

Upgrade Lighting to LED

  • Equipment Cost: $4,552
  • Incentive: $844
  • Annual Savings: 16,883 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 2.1 Years*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Sources: US Energy Information Administration, Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey 2012

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The costs of energy efficiency programs are recovered through customer rates in accordance with PA Act 129 of 2008. For a complete list of commercial, industrial, residential, and low-income energy efficiency programs, please visit energysavePA.com. FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities, their parents, subsidiaries, employees, affiliates and agents assume no responsibility for the performance of the equipment or equipment warranty, the quality of the work, labor and/or materials supplied, and/or the acts or omissions of any contractor.