Guide

Compressed air energy efficiency

Introduction

Compressed air is used widely throughout UK industry to power equipment such as process machinery, valves and actuators, and hand tools. Although it is very convenient, and sometimes essential for safety reasons, compressed air is very expensive to generate. Because it is costly to produce it should not be wasted, and cheaper and more efficient alternatives should be used where possible.

If you use compressed air in your business there are important steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your system, such as eliminating unnecessary use, mending leaks, correctly maintaining equipment and improving control. These steps will save you money, and they may also extend the life of the components in your system.

This guide explains the components that are typically found in a compressed air system and highlights the areas where energy savings can be made. It also provides information about the tax relief you may receive when you buy new compressed air equipment.