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How to reduce energy consumption in truck bodyshops

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article image Energy efficiency measures implemented in a 10-man bodyshop can save almost $2500 a year

Axalta Australia recommends five tips for truck bodyshops to become more energy efficient and reduce energy costs.

Energy cost continues to be a major component of expenditure in any business. Rising energy prices are making matters worse for businesses who need to address the issue sooner rather than later, beginning with implementing five useful cost-cutting tips from Axalta.

Axalta Training Manager Paul Polverino explains that bodyshop energy saving measures don’t have to involve a large financial investment; all they need to do is make a few simple changes that can make a huge difference including reducing up to 30% of their energy bills.

Tip 1: Use the waste heat from the air compressor

Air compressors have high energy requirements; however, they only transform 10 to 15 per cent of the energy consumed into compressed air with the rest lost in the form of heat. This waste heat could be used to heat the bodyshop or the communal areas. The pressure system and all pressurised tools should be regularly checked and tested for leaks or damage. The compressor should always be switched off at the end of the day.

Tip 2: Replace old light bulbs

Potential savings from using the right lighting systems are frequently underestimated in Australia. For instance, the traditional fluorescent strip lighting still used in many large bodyshops consumes nearly as much energy as a 40-inch LCD television. Switching to the more economical LEDs will output the same amount of light but only consume 24W.

Tip 3: Check the paint booth

Many bodyshops use older models of paint booths that can be highly energy inefficient. However, investing in new equipment to create a modern paint booth is not cost-effective. The bodyshop can upgrade existing paint booths by installing a heat recovery system that recycles the emitted heat and uses it to heat the booth. New intelligent electronic heating controls can be used to save up to 40 per cent energy.

Tip 4: Make changes throughout the bodyshop

Implement a series of energy-saving measures across the bodyshop including using the energy-saving function on printers, computers and copiers; switching off equipment at night instead of leaving them on standby power overnight; checking energy efficiency ratings when buying electronic equipment for the office; using energy-saving light bulbs in the office, staff areas, and the reception; and installing lighting activated by motion sensors in areas such as the warehouse, corridors and changing rooms.

Tip 5: Get your employees on board

Energy efficiency measures implemented in a 10-man bodyshop can on average save almost $2500 a year. Involving employees in these initiatives doesn’t cost anything, but can be very effective.

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