Sawyer Wants to Help You Save Money!
Energy is the most expensive component of your compressed air system. Once your compressor is purchased you now have to consider how much energy costs will be to run your compressor. Let us help you maximize your energy efficiency to save you money.
Here are 10 steps you can take to optimize your compressed air system and save energy cost.
- Turn It Off.
There are 168 hours in a week, are you really running every single one of those hours? Depending on your shift pattern turn your compressors off during evenings and weekends and you could reduce energy bills up to 20%.
- Fix Existing Leaks.
A quarter-inch air leak at 100 psi will cost you more than $2,500 a year. Read our last post on making your air compressor more efficient. Learn how we can help you find leaks and how much it can save.
- Prevent New Leaks.
Do everything you can to help keep your pipes clean with dry and filtered air. This will help prevent new leaks and clogs from happening.
- Reduce Pressure. Run at required pressures, not beyond.
Check your system pressure and resist the urge to turn up the pressure to compensate for leaks or drops in pressure due to piping problems or clogged filters. Lowering where the PSI on your compressor is set cuts down amp draw and lowering plant PSI cuts down on wasted air.
- Check Drains. Are your condensate drains stuck open?
Condensate drains on timers should be adjusted periodically to ensure they open as intended or aren’t stuck open.
- Review Piping Infrastructure. Many systems aren’t optimized.
Did you have your piping system design specifically for you? Do you have the correct size pipes and have you ever thought about how far your compressed air has to travel? Let Sawyer help you minimize pressure drops throughout your facility.
- Change Filters Systematically. Not every once in a while.
We are all about preventative maintenance for your compressor. Replacing your filters will ensure the quality of your air.
- Recover Heat. Compressing air generates heat – reuse it!
Your compressed air is giving off heat, and as much as 90 percent of that heat can be recovered for use in your operation. Find some ways you can save this air, ask Sawyer for some suggestions. For example, you can produce hot water for washrooms or direct warm air into a workspace, warehouse, loading dock, or entryway. The savings can really add up.
- Emphasize Proper Maintenance. Ignoring maintenance costs more.
Like we stated preventative maintenance is so important. As with most industrial machinery, a compressor runs more efficiently when properly maintained. Proper compressor maintenance cuts energy costs around one percent and helps prevent breakdowns that result in downtime and lost production. Protect your reputation and profits with proper maintenance.
- Identify and Eliminate Inappropriate Uses of Compressed Air.
Inappropriate uses of compressed air include any application that can be done more effectively or more efficiently by a method other than compressed air. For example, high pressure air often is used for cooling or applications where much lower air pressure is required.