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Manufacturing and warehouses

Manufacturing and warehouses

Top energy uses in this sector include transport, lighting, space heating and manufacturing processes/refrigeration. Here are our suggestions for cutting your energy bills, starting with the easiest solutions to implement.

Large buildings such as warehouses or factories can be challenging to heat and make energy efficient, particularly if they have open entrances. However, increasing the thickness of insulation in the walls and roof of your building could significantly reduce your energy bills.

Below we have calculated the top four actions that will enable a warehouse to reduce carbon emissions by up to 24-34%.

What manufacturing and warehouses can do to reduce carbon emissions by up to 24-34%

  • Replace lighting with LEDs and fit motion sensors
  • Replace space heaters with infrared heaters
  • Install solar panels and charge equipment during the day
  • Electrify onsite transport and fit electric vehicle charge points.

Rochdale-based manufacturer reduces energy consumption by 75%

Crystal Doors is very focused on sustainability and aims to be carbon neutral by 2022, having won several awards for its green initiatives. Since 2015 the company has installed intelligent LED lighting, solar panels, a biomass burner and has switched to electric vehicles.

Working with Perfect Sense Energy, the company installed LED lighting at a cost of £15,000 which has provided a two-year return on investment and saved 35,000kWh a year. An investment of £160,000 to install solar panels means the company can generate most of its own energy, the cost of which will be paid back after six years. Together the LED lighting and solar panel systems save £22,400 per annum in energy bills and 114 tonnes of CO2.

Yorkshire-based mill installs solar panels and slashes energy bills

Working with supplier Energy Gain UK, Marton Mills, a weaving mill in West Yorkshire, has installed solar panels, enabling them to significantly reduce their running costs and their carbon footprint.

The system generates around 56,000 KWh of electricity per annum and has provided a saving of around 60% in energy bills and over 27,000 tonnes of carbon.

Carbon neutral depots realise a 28% return on investment

Starting with our training academy in Blackburn, our aim is to transform our estate to be as energy efficient as possible, and to install onsite generation to meet most of our own energy demand.

The first step was to implement tools and systems to monitor and evaluate how much energy was being used at the depot. Having reduced consumption as far as possible, the final step is to install 788m2 of solar panels which are expected to pay for themselves within eight years.

The cost to implement the various initiatives at our Blackburn site is £696,000, saving £21,000 per annum in energy bills (based on today’s prices) and 53 tCO2e. Over 25 years, we can demonstrate a 28% return on investment. Find out more.

To find out more about cutting energy bills for your business, take a look at the information below or download our guide.

A guide to reducing carbon emissions for manufacturing and warehouses

Ways to go net zero

Find out more about low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines.

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Energy efficiency

Manage your costs and your impact on the environment by changing to LED lights, fitting insulation or by changing to energy efficient appliances.

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Electric vehicles

Everything you need to know about electric vehicles and how to install charge points for you and your customers.

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Solar panels

You could use the sun's energy to generate your own electricity and sell the power you don't need back to the grid.

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