Are you looking for ways to reduce your energy bills and improve the efficiency of your compressed air system? Look no further than managing air leaks. This blog provides a simple guide to help you identify and fix air leaks in your system, reduce your energy bills, and protect the environment.
Are you aware that reducing air leaks in your compressed air system is the single most important energy-saving measure you can take? It's true! All compressed air systems have leaks, but in the past, these leaks were ignored because they posed no immediate health and safety hazard.
However, the true cost of ignoring compressed air leaks is staggering. Just one 2mm hole in your pipework could cost over £1,249 per year in wasted energy. In addition, a high leak rate can cause fluctuations in pressure, resulting in hidden costs such as slower running or even production downtime.
HPC and our Authorised Distributors can provide the necessary expertise to ensure your compressed air system is running optimally. However, in the meantime here are the main areas to consider as part of a good compressed air energy reduction program.
Where to look for leaks
How to reduce leaks
A pressure drop in the system means that the generating pressure is set much higher than is necessary. Start by identifying why there is a pressure drop and take action. It may be due to:
2.Identify and measure
Conduct an out of hours survey and walk the site listening for leaks. Then, implement a leak management program:
3. Stop the drop
Once you have repaired the leaks, speak to us about reducing the generation pressure at the compressor (understanding the system pressure is critical). Otherwise, fixing leaks will increase the pressure and not only impact your system but also put your projected savings at risk.
4. Zone out
Minimise leaks and improve efficiency with HPC KAESER and BCAS
Reducing air leaks in your compressed air system is a critical energy-saving measure that can have a significant impact on your business's bottom line. HPC and its Authorised Distributors are experienced and qualified to provide service plans and preventative maintenance agreements that meet specific and individual requirements. Peace of mind is also provided that all work will be in accordance with HPC guidelines and current legislation.
HPC is a member of the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), which is spearheading a campaign to cut compressed air energy wastage. The goal is to take the equivalent of 317,000 cars off the road, saving UK business over £147.5 million. Visit the BCAS 10% Taskforce website to find out more.