Friday, 27 January 2012

‘Thin air’ costing businesses over £100m a year in energy costs

UK businesses are losing over £100 million a year in energy costs through leaky or inefficient equipment that compresses air, the Carbon Trust has found.
Air compressors are widely used in the industrial sector and account for around 10 per cent of UK industry’s electricity consumption. But a Carbon Trust report, released today, has found that up to £110 million a year is being wasted in business energy costs because of poorly managed or damaged compressed air systems and processes.

"There is a misconception that compressed air is a free or low cost resource, when – in fact – the opposite is true," Richard Rugg, director, Carbon Trust Programmes, said. "Just a single three millimetre hole in a compressed air system creates a leak, which can cost a business an additional £1,000 a year in electricity costs." 

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