Fans reduce winter energy costs at Federated Co-op in Saskatoon
Saskatoon, SK -- Federated Co-operative Ltd., a retail cooperative with members throughout western Canada, ope...
Saskatoon, SK — Federated Co-operative Ltd., a retail cooperative with members throughout western Canada, operates retail shops, fueling stations, building material supply centres and refineries. Federated occupies numerous warehouse spaces to store its products and one of these large facilities, located in Saskatoon, was experiencing heat loss through the roof resulting in extremely high energy costs during the winter.
Because heat naturally rises, the temperature at the ceiling was much warmer than the temperature at ground level, which left employees chilly and created an uncomfortable working environment.
To solve this problem, Federated turned to Big Ass Fans and installed five 24-ft Powerfoil X fans to circulate the warmer air down to the occupant level and decrease the rate at which the building was shedding heat through the roof. The fans work to create a destratification system that improves comfort while reducing heating costs and natural gas consumption.
The fans operate at lower speeds during the winter, and therefore do not produce the draft often associated with fan circulation. They work to decrease resource consumption and energy costs while creating a comfortable environment for employees. At Federated, employees are no longer concerned with stagnant air and cold working conditions because they can now feel the warm air.
“After a very short period of operation, we noticed multiple benefits. The workers in the warehouse actually wanted the temperature decreased in the winter because they were too warm. That was very encouraging for us as we were able to change the set points on the thermostats because the fans were bringing the heat down, keeping workers comfortable while reducing our costs,” said Trevor Carlson, environmental and technical services manager for Federated.
As a result, Carlson added, “We noticed a pretty significant decrease [in energy use] and it works out to a roughly 10% reduction in natural gas consumption. It was a 10% reduction when we saw a 20% increase in natural gas rates. We believe we saved $18,587 in the first year in natural gas consumption as a result of the fans. That’s a payback of approximately three years on the project.”
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