For decades, manufacturers have relied on the big three utilities (electricity, water, and natural gas) to power their plants and keep their operation up and running. The problem is, many of these sources of energy can be wasteful and can be expensive if not carefully managed. More and more these days, manufacturers are switching to compressed air systems to power the tools and equipment in their factories to make use of the energy efficient cost savings from the power source.
That being said, if the compressed air system isn’t optimized efficiently and the best energy efficiency practices aren’t implemented, the operation could end up losing even more money to wasted energy costs. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways that you can ensure that you’re getting the most efficiency out of your compressed air system.
Don’t Leave It Running
It might seem simple, but merely turning the system off over the weekends or during downtime will significantly reduce the system’s energy consumption, which can add up to considerable savings in the long run.
Look for Ways to Innovate
Just because you have the system set one way now doesn’t mean it should stay that way forever. You should continuously find new ways to save on energy consumption. Whether that means using different components, eliminating sharp turns, or creating a more direct airflow, always find a new way to save on energy bills.
Reduce the Pressure
It can seem tempting to crank the pressure up to get the most power out of your compressed air system, but it can be detrimental to your machine and energy efficiency. These systems were designed for specific pressure ranges and the tools you use require a set pressure to perform optimally. Exceeding the pressure can make the system work harder than it needs to, all the while raising the energy bill.
Reuse the Heat
Compressed air systems produce a significant amount of heat, which is usually wasted. Save on energy costs in other areas of your operation by recapturing that lost heat and using it for other applications such as heating water for cleaning and sterilizing. The more energy that you can recover and reuse, the more your energy efficient your entire operation will be and the more that you can save on utility bills in the long run.
If your plant still runs entirely off of old energy sources or your compressed air system isn’t efficiently optimized, you could be losing thousands each year. Follow these tips, and you’ll quickly see the environmental benefits and energy savings that an optimized compressed air system can bring.