Business Energy Guide: Warehousing
Whether your warehouse stores food, or non-food commodities like pharmaceutical or furs, you know that operating large spaces requires lots of energy. If your facility is refrigerated, electricity costs can be substantial. Our Energy Management Solutions offer incentives to help you make energy-efficient upgrades that keep your business operating costs in cold storage.
Energy Efficiency Solutions
Lighting & Equipment
Upgrading your warehousing facility with energy-efficient lighting lamps and fixtures and equipment can make a bigger difference than you might think. Take advantage of the solutions and available incentives we offer in these areas, such as:
- Variable Frequency Drives
Improving your structure with efficiency upgrades like enhancing your insulation can have a profound effect on heating and cooling costs. A new water heater can also make a difference.
- Building Envelope
- Water Heaters
Demand Response Programs
Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to warehouses for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program and to Real Time Pricing, your business may benefit from participating, while benefiting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.
Warehousing by Numbers4
- California’s warehouses represent 13% of the nation’s refrigerated storage, including 15% of all public, private, and semi-private general storage
- 44% of warehouses are only 1,000 to 5,000 square feet and almost 70% are less than 10,000 square feet
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), general refrigerated storage capacity increased 14% over 2007
- California led all states in capacity with 495 million cubic feet
1E Source: Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
2Energy Information Administration 2008
3Energy Information Administration 2008
4Infogroup ORC on Demand Research 2010