5 Tips to Save Energy on Your Compressed Air Installation

Read our tips to discover how you can save on energy costs

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December 16, 2020

Did you know that 70% of the total cost of a compressor installation consists of energy costs? This is something to consider when working out your compressed air budget. Below we have provided tips on how to save on energy costs while taking the environment into account. We are your partners in compressed air and ensure you are provided with all the compressed air knowledge available. 

Tip 1: The Right Pressure!

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Make sure your compressor installation is operating at the correct pressure. A reduction of the pressure of 1 bar means a saving of 7-9% of the total power input of a compressor. 


Frequency-controlled compressors often have an adjustable operating pressure between 4 and 13 bar, accurate to 0.2 bar. 


Get good advice about the right pressure range for your application; that saves you energy and therefore money.

Tip 2: Use Energy Recovery

A lot of heat is created during the compression of air in your compressed air system. Efficient recycling of the heat produced by your compressor can save you a lot of money. By using a heat exchanger, the residual heat can be used for, for example, heating up steam boilers, process water or even your central heating system. By using energy recovery you can save up to 80% of the installed capacity in energy. 

Tip 3: Provide Central Compressor Control

Your compressed air installation is optimally used by a central compressor control. The control ensures the correct combination of compressors are used and the correct setting of the system pressure. This makes optimal use of the machines at your locating and can prevent unecessary use of compressed air.

Tip 4: Prevent and Repair Leaks

A compressed air leak of 3mm at a pressure of 7 bar will quickly cost you €1300 per year. The higher the pressure, the higher the air loss and the higher your costs. By replacing old and bad couplings and hoses, or worn seals you can prevent energe losses. A solid and reliable compressed air line network ensures distribution of compressed air to the end user without pressure drop and leaks. In addition, periodically checking your compressed air system by using ultasonic leak detection can ensure rapid detection of leaks and save energy. Have your compressed air installation regularly checked for leaks and prevent unnecessary loss of compressed air.

Tip 5: Maintain Your Compressor Correctly

By properly maintaining your compressed air installation, the system remains in optimal condition and you prevent energy loss. Using genuine parts made for the specific application in your compressor ensures correct operation and maximum energy efficiency. A compressor that works correctly is the most efficient for your wallet.

Investing in Sustainability
If you invest in energy-efficient compressed air, you are eligible for an energy investment allowance (EIA), with an average tax benefit of 13.5%. In addition, energy-efficient investments provide you with significant cost savings due to a lower energy bill. Our advisers are happy to carry out a compressed air measurement at your location to map out your potential energy savings.