Could Using an Air Compressor Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?

| 9/22/2015 9:37:00 AM

Tags: air compressor, modern homesteading, power tools, James White, Pennsylvania,


From homeowners to factory-owning industrialists, everyone is thinking about going green. Even climate change deniers may have to change their thinking to keep up with public opinion. Much has been written about changing to low-wattage lightbulbs and reducing carbon emissions during shipping and commuting, and it may seem at times that you’ve done all you can possibly do to reduce your carbon footprint. What’s left?

Air compressors. These valuable machines are used in many factories, small businesses and even in homes, and making sure yours is efficient can cut down on emissions and your energy bills at the same time.

Do I Need an Air Compressor?

Maybe, if you’re handy with tools. While the average homeowner probably doesn’t have one, carpenters and people who use nail guns around the house do need them. Air compressors are also useful for pumping tires, using a blast of air to clean dust from crevices and powering paint sprayers.

Small-business owners may invest in larger air compressors to power pneumatic tools, paint sprayers and lifts. Factories can apply air compressors to these uses on a larger scale, and may also use them for cross-building transportation and braking systems.

How Does an Air Compressor Work?

Using air pressure to power tools may sound like it’s already a pretty green solution. After all, the free air around us must be pretty clean already, right?

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