Reducing Compressed Air Waste
Reducing waste is a significant part of cost reduction at any business. For commercial buildings that might mean lowering paper usage or time spent on the internet. For an industrial concern, like yours, that means energy. Electricity is a huge cost and finding ways to lower that bill could make a big difference in your bottom line. Air compressor systems require an enormous amount of energy and, due to their complexity, can be subject to potential waste. Here are some things to look for to make sure your system is running efficiently.
- Find and repair any leaks. These include any that might appear in filters or dryers. These should be relatively easy to find but if you suspect a leak and can’t find one you should call in an expert to check. Once leaks have been fixed make sure your employees are trained in ways to spot them so any future leaks can be sealed quickly.
- Turn off the air supply when it’s not running. This may sound obvious but remember it’s not just at night but in areas that may not require it during the day. With a proper receiver system you may be able to keep the system off for long periods without affecting performance.
- Use only the pressure you need. Keeping up higher pressure when your tools require less or when only some of your facility requires it will waste additional air. That additional unnecessary air can add up on your energy bills.
- Check the cost of compressed air for each process. You may be using a lot of air with a machine that could be replaced with a more efficient model. Your energy savings might be able to make up the cost of upgrading.
Remember that the best way to check your air system is with a full air energy audit and a review of all compressor components and control settings. This is best done by an expert. If you’re looking for just such an expert CED can help. Contact us today.