Compressed Air

Improve compressed air efficiency to lower electric bills.
Compressed air is vital to industrial operations, but it can also be expensive and wasteful. Installing energy efficient air compressors can reduce costs by 30-60 percent.


The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Compressed Air Systems

Compressed air is a vital part of industrial operations, powering pneumatic tools. It is often thought of as a “free” source of energy when in fact it is one of the least efficient and most expensive in the industry. Even the smallest compressed air system can be a relatively large component of energy consumption and cost. Fortunately, many simple, cost-effective changes can be made to improve efficiency.

  • The keys to compressed air efficiency are proper controls and sufficient storage.
  • Savings from installing efficient air compressors with storage typically fall in the range of 30 percent to 60 percent.
  • Over the life of an air compressor, the cost of energy consumed can be six times higher than the purchase cost.


Enhancing Efficiency and Reliability

Improving compressed air efficiency is generally the best opportunity industrial companies have to make a significant and immediate impact on their electric bill. After available incentives, these improvements often can be paid back in as little as one year. energy efficiency opportunities include:

  • Comprehensive system evaluations
  • New compressors
  • Refrigerated dryers
  • Additional storage
  • Enhanced controls
  • Piping improvements
  • Leak repair


Determining Potential Savings

There are industry-standard methodologies that can project the impact of efficiency measures for compressed air. A national program known as the Compressed Air Challenge provides educational information on the energy saving potential of compressed air systems. Visit the Compressed Air Challenge website at for more information.


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