The business world is an ever-changing environment. In recent years we’ve seen more of an emphasis on taking care of our planet by recycling, electric cars, and sustainability efforts within companies.
Over the past year Metro Air has enrolled in DTE Energy’s Michigan Green Power Program. The company’s clean energy commitment attributes 100% of the energy used by its facilities to DTE’s wind and solar projects and has the environmental benefit equal to planting 462 trees. Metro also recycles Lubricant, cardboard, metal and other materials used in the shop.
How does this pertain to compressed air?
Air compressors have long been used in manufacturing plants to power tools, cleaning purposes, packaging and even powering robots. These types of jobs can be costly!
As many businesses are taking steps in the right direction to reduce their carbon footprint, the task of reducing utility usage and cost arises. Air compressors use electricity which contributes to this cost along with things like gas and water.
Many new compressor systems are more ecofriendly today than ever! For example, lubricant free compressors produce cleaner air along with having variable speed drives for a more efficient production process. There are even new systems in place such as, Energair, that slow down or stop compressors when they aren’t needed. Before systems like this were in place compressors were running all day regardless.
How do I make my current compressor more environmentally friendly?
If getting a new compressor is out of the question, there are plenty of ways to improve your current one! The key to any good working compressor is keeping up on maintenance, this will keep the machine running as efficiently as possible. Using high end lubricants and fluids can play into the efficiency of your compressor as well so be sure to stay up to date on the best options!
Don’t forget to weigh your options in the long run, if a compressor is experiencing shutdowns frequently, a new machine might be a better option.
For more information on the energy efficiency of your compressor please contact us at 1(800)835-2820.