Energy saving tips
Here are some basic tips that will save you real money:
- Walk through your factory and identify all compressed air uses and, if possible, the flow and pressure requirements of each.
- Program to eliminate any innappropriate uses of compressed air.
- Determine the cost of compressed air for your factory by periodically monitoring the compressor operating hours and load cycle.
- All equipment in the compressed air system should be maintained in accordance with manufacturers' specifications.
- Set a reasonable target for cost-effective leak reduction - up to 10% of total system flow is typical for industrial applications.
- Once leaks are repaired reassess your compressed air system supply.
- A rule of thumb is that every 2 psi increase in operating pressure requires an additional 1% in operating costs.
- Replace high efficiency filter elements at least annually. Compensating for pressure lost can be very costly (see previous item above).
- Check for "choke" points in your distribution system.
- Air flow to unused equipment should be shut-off as far back in the system as possible.
- Reduce the distance the air travels through the distribution system.
- Check with the compressor supplier for performance specifications at different discharge pressures.
- Is all the heat generated in your compressor going to waste? Are there any processes where that wasted heat energy could be put to good use?
We acknowledge the help of BCAS in compiling this guide.
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