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Make Your Air Compressors More Energy Efficient

In Australia, about 10% of all industrial electricity consumption is used in powering compressed air systems.
Whilst it is a safe, reliable and necessary form of energy, compressed air is often taken for granted – working consistently through the day without a worry, for low cost.

Evaluating your compressed air system’s performance can produce environmental and cost savings.
A properly designed and maintained compressed air system that is energy efficient can save the company thousands of dollars each year.

Make your compressed air system more energy efficient by:

• Checking for leaks and pressure losses throughout the system regularly (monthly).
• Ensuring the entire system is monitored by good housekeeping practices.
• Reducing pressure settings to the minimum where possible.
• Ensuring condensation can be removed swiftly from the distribution network, or does not occur.
• Using high quality air only when necessary – filters and dryers reduce pressure, increasing
   energy consumption.
• Reducing the air compressor intake air temperature by ducting outside air into the compressor inlet.
• Checking that receivers are sized to store air for short heavy demands.
• Checking that the size of the compressor meets current demands only.
• Considering the use of consumable products, where choosing a high-performance and biodegradable compressor lubricant can significantly increase operational lifetime by up to 8 times.

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