The industrial sector is one of the most prominent energy consumers in the Philippines. In 2020, the Department of Energy calculated that factories in Luzon had an average power generation by grid of 72,419 gigawatt-hours (GWh) while those in Visayas and Mindanao had 15,485 GWh and 13,852 GWh, respectively.
To make your facility more energy-efficient and less expensive to run, you need to reduce the energy utilization on your production floor. This is where Compresstech Resources can help you. We have a team of industry professionals who can provide you with energy solutions in the Philippines.
As a recognized systems integrator for Danfoss, we can assist you in implementing, planning, coordinating, scheduling, testing, improving, and maintain new systems. You can be sure that we will constantly touch base with you so that everything is according to your needs and preferences.
What Costs Do You Consider if You Want To Get Compressed Air?
As an industrial factory manager or supervisor, you need to consider a few things if you want to use compressed air. Here are the factors you need to appraise if you’re planning your budget:
Equipment and Installation
Buying an air compressor is one of the most significant upfront expenses. It is vital to note that the type of air compressor you need heavily affects its value since rotary and reciprocating compressors have different prices. Aside from the equipment, you need to take a look at installation costs. Your building may need renovations to accommodate your new compressor.
Energy Star stated that maintenance makes up about 12% of an air compressor’s lifetime cost. From labor to replacement materials, you are expected to regularly spend a specific amount to ensure that your machine is in optimum condition.
To lower your costs and decrease repairs, you should schedule inspections to help you avoid more expensive damages down the road. You should also regularly lubricate your equipment to reduce the likelihood of damaged rings, cylinders, and bearings.
Electricity or Gasoline Expenditures
Operating an air compressor is proven to be more expensive than purchasing one, contributing to an average of 76% of your machine’s overall costs. Various factors impact the amount of energy a compressed air system uses, including how long you run the machine as well as the cost of electricity or gasoline in your area.
When working with Compresstech Resources, you can expect our team of professionals to go through all these factors during your scheduled energy consultation. We want to be as transparent as possible with our clients, which is why we go through each one to determine your current expenses and figure out how to lessen them without affecting the quality of the final output. Get in touch with us today for more information.
How Do You Calculate Your Compressed Air Costs?
Computing how much your compressed air costs helps you properly budget your company’s funds. To figure out your expenses, follow these steps:
Determine How Long the Compressor Is On
Depending on what you’re using it for, compressors cycle on and off throughout the day. Use a stopwatch or a clock to determine how long your machine runs in one day. Since its use can differ daily, you can get an accurate estimate by calculating the compressor’s use in a week.
Calculate How Much Power the Compressor Consumes
Air compressors usually have a wattage rating stamped on their nameplate. Multiply the wattage by the type of current needed to operate the machine. Most smaller compressors operate at 110 volts, while larger ones may need a current of up to 220 volts. For example, 20-amp air compressor x 110 volts = 2,750 watts per hour.
Find the Total Kilowatt-Hours Used
This step is vital to know your total energy costs. To find the kilowatt-hours, multiply the watts per hour by the total amount of time the compressor runs. Afterward, divide this number by 1,000. For example, (2,750 watts per hour x 3 hours) / 1,000 = 8.25 kilowatt-hours. This means that a 10-amp air compressor that runs for three hours will use 3.3 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Multiply the Kilowatt-Hours Used by Cost of Electricity
Utility companies usually charge by the kilowatt-hour. To learn how much you need to pay, you need to multiply the total kilowatt-hours used by the electricity rate per kilowatt-hour. Using an average rate is recommended if your service provider uses tiered rates. For example, 8.25 kilowatt-hours x Php 8.5920 = Php 70.884 for 3 hours of usage. This may seem small now, but operating various machines at a time, along with the use of other electrical appliances and equipment, can greatly affect your monthly bill.
If you’re having a hard time figuring out how much your compressed air costs, worry not because Compresstech Resources can help you. Our team can supply you with high-quality air compressors and provide you with well-thought-out energy solutions in the Philippines. Reach out to us today to learn more.