Business Compressed Air Overview 
 
For Electric Customers

Air compressors are used in many applications in businesses and in manufacturing plants. Compressed air is so critical to some operations a manufacturer may have several backup systems in place in the event of a failure. The loss of a compressor, or any part of the compressed air delivery system, may not only cause lost production, but increased labor expenses while workers wait for repairs to be made, as well as the need to work overtime to get back on the production schedule. Compressed air inspections not only increase reliability, they also increase energy efficiency thereby reducing energy costs.

Applying best energy management practices and purchasing energy efficiency equipment can lead to significant energy and mechanical savings. One way to save energy is to eliminate air leaks that can be found in hoses, air tools, air fittings, piping and storage tanks, and many other areas. A compressed air audit by a qualified auditor on your compressed air system is the best way to detect and locate leaks.

During a compressed air audit, an auditor can detect the smallest of leaks and will identify the leak with a tag for future reference in case of needed repairs. The auditor can also give you a potential energy savings from each individual leak. Repairing compressed air leaks gives your compressor time to shut off, saving the energy wasted previously used to supplying the leaks. An air leak the size of a pencil eraser, at 120 cubic feet per minute, may cost more than $10,000 in wasted energy per year. Finding the leaks is the first step towards saving energy but must be followed by correcting the leak before any energy can be saved.

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Visit the Department of Energy website for information on technology deployment activities.
Visit the Department of Energy website for information on compressed air system performance.
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