Don’t Error with Your Air
10 Steps to Reduce Compressed Air Energy Costs
The most expensive component in the total cost of compressed air is energy. In fact, over the lifespan of a typical compressor, energy typically costs several times more than the purchase price of the compressor. The bottom line: maximizing energy efficiency saves you money.
The first step to reducing compressed air energy costs is to measure and monitor your compressed air system’s energy consumption, flow rates, and operating air pressure. Small adjustments can reduce your operating pressure and energy costs while improving flow rates and output.
For example, if your existing compressor is running at less than 65% of capacity, a smaller one could pay for itself in 18 to 24 months on average. If your compressor is more than 10 years old, cost savings with today’s compressor technology could result in a payback in 18 to 24 months. A compressor that is both smaller and uses today’s technology could pay for itself even faster.
An effective way to analyze your compressed air system is to draw a pressure profile. This profile will show the pressure drops through a system. These pressure measurements give feedback for control adjustments, determine pressure drops across components, and help to determine system operating pressures.