An Air Compressor Leak Can Cost You Hundreds or Even Thousands of Dollars in Wasted Energy

An Air Compressor Leak Can Cost You Hundreds or Even Thousands of Dollars in Wasted Energy

Did you know that air compressors accounted for $3.2 billion in wasted energy consumption cost? One of the common recommendations we make is to reduce air compressors to the minimum required. This is often overlooked because companies are unaware of the huge payoffs from reducing the compression. Air compressors are always constantly running at high capacity because of this companies pay more in electricity cost. Most air compressors are running at max    capacity but only are utilized up to 50% of the time there for the other 50% is wasted. Sometimes it is the smallest things that have the biggest savings, this is why we inspect everything on our audits.

Another thing to keep in mind is possibly investing in a variable speed drive air compressors to save energy. Variable speed drives help control and adjust the air compressor to the required demand throughout its usage. You get the most out of this air compressor because it is more energy efficient, meaning that it will save you energy which leads to lower electricity cost. The heat coming from the air compressor can be reused to heat the plant or warm water as well.

Below are some of the reason Atlas Copco provides on their website if you’re considering becoming more energy efficient and want to save money! You can also calculate potential savings before even buying their product.

  • On average 35% energy savings during fluctuations in production demand with an extensive turndown rang
  • Lower system pressure for significant decrease of energy consumption across your production and minimized system leakage
  • Flexible pressure selection from 4 to 13 bar reducing electricity costs
  • Specific motor & converter design for the highest efficiency across the speed range

Given this information you should inspect your current air compressor to see if it’s being underutilized and if it’s time to buy a new compressor think about investing in a variable speed drive compressor. We can help you out with this process by sign up at IAC website for an energy assessment.