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Five Tips to Become More Energy Efficient

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Every company wants to maximise its profits, but many are not taking advantage of one of the best ways to achieve this – energy efficiency.

A few small measures can add up to a major impact on your energy bills, whether you’re an SME or a multi-national corporation. As well as potentially saving you considerable sums of money, introducing efficiency measures will make your business greener, reducing your carbon footprint and, in some cases, improving the working environment for your staff.

To help you take a positive step towards increased energy efficiency, we’ve listed our top five tips below:

  1. Size does matter – when it comes to compressors

Choosing the right compressor for your application is a key way to ensure you are not overpaying on your energy bills. The Goldilocks’ approach is best: too small and you risk having to replace your compressor sooner than planned; too large and you will be wasting money running it.

Your best bet is to take advantage of our free energy audit offer. By data logging your current equipment, we can identify demand and match it to the right size and type of compressor. In many cases, replacing an old fixed speed compressor with a new variable speed drive compressor, such as the VSD and VSD+ models supplied by Atlas Copco, will bring a short payback with dramatic savings on your energy bills in the long run.

  1. Pipe down – and reduce leaks

Another key issue that can be identified by an energy audit is leaks in your compressed air system. Not only are you wasting energy producing compressed air that is then lost, but leaks can also cause a drop in system pressure, which means your air compressor has to work even harder to produce the required energy. This will add to your costs and result in you having to replace your compressor sooner.

Establishing a programme of regular scheduled maintenance can make a huge difference to the efficiency of your air compressor system, which is why we offer tailored service packages to ensure your air compressor is running at optimum levels and to reduce the risk of breakdowns.

  1. Keep control – with a regulator

They may be a small part of your compressor but regulators are essential for controlling output. This is both an energy efficiency and a safety matter. Pressure regulators ensure that the stream of air leaving your compressor is steady and constant when you need it.

If you use blowguns at work, installing a two-bar fixed regulator can make a big difference to how much energy you use, as well as making it safer by ensuring a more constant stream of air and reducing operating noise.

  1. Under pressure – system too high?

You wouldn’t buy two train tickets if you’re travelling alone, so why would you pay for twice as much pressure as you need to run your compressed air system?

Check your system to work out the lowest amount of pressure required to run it, and adjust your settings accordingly – if in doubt, we’d be happy to drop by and advise on the most energy efficient setting for your application.

  1. Turn it off – to save on compressor running costs

Even when it’s off load, a compressor can consume costly amounts of electricity: a 30kW compressor, for example, can use up to 11kW of energy.

Your best approach is to turn it off when not in use, for example during staff breaks or at the end of a shift. This can be done manually by a designated member of staff. But if you want to take human error – or forgetfulness – out of the equation, why not install a time switch or controller. This will automatically turn the system off at set times.

If you would like some further advice on energy efficiency or service packages, or to book a free energy audit, give us a call on 0114 244 0764 or send an email to sales@simmengineeringgroup.co.uk.

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