For Immediate Release
ISSA’s DEAL Learning Session Focuses on
Winterizing Your Facility
Bloomington, IN – ISSA’s Distributor Efficiency Analytics & Learning (DEAL) program, in conjunction with Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC., presented a one-hour webinar on Friday, October 27, 2017, discussing ways distributors can save energy – and costs – this coming winter.
The webinar was hosted by Katrina Saucier, Program Manager for Sustainability Dashboard Tools. The key presenter was Clark Reed, National Program Manager for ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Additionally, Connor Flynn with Alliance Paper & Foodservice Equipment discussed, how his facility was able to save more thousands of dollars in 2016, by using the “Dashboard” system and following many of the steps discussed in the webinar.
Among the key energy and cost saving takeaways of the event included the following:
Preventive HVAC maintenance. Changing filters, cleaning ducts and dampers, and ensuring thermometers are away from hot or cold areas “can have a rapid return on the investment and produce significant cost savings,” said Reed.
Install dock seals. Dock seals are pads that compress when a trailer backs in and rests against the dock bumpers. Dock seals prevent cold air from entering the warehouse
Weather stripping. Weather stripping doors and windows prevent cold drafts from entering the warehouse
Destratification fans. These fans equalize a room’s temperature by circulating warmer air from the ceiling down to work areas; “in some cases, this can reduce heating needs by as much as 10 percent,” added Reed.
Occupied/Unoccupied temperature settings. When occupied, thermostats should be kept at 68 degrees (F) and turned down to 55 degrees (F) when unoccupied; “some people think this is counterproductive because the HVAC system must work harder and use more energy to heat the facility in the morning,” according to Reed. “But in most cases, it does result in energy savings.” *
Thermal camera. These cameras provide a heat “signature” so administrators can determine precisely where heat is lost in a facility.
One way Flynn said his facility was able to save so much money on energy last year was by doing away with inefficient space heaters.
“Twelve of our staff members were using space heaters at their desks. By simply turning the office heat up two degrees, all but one said they no longer needed the [space] heaters, which helps us save a considerable amount of money.”
*Unoccupied refers to times when no one is using the facility for two hours or more
About Stephen Ashkin and The Ashkin Group
Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in Greening the cleaning industry, and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, which helps distributors, facilities, and others monitor and measure their use of natural resources. He is known as the “father of Green Cleaning” and the professional cleaning industry’s leading advocate promoting sustainability.
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