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Focus on Industrial Energy Savings

The mission of Compressed Air Best Practices® is to help Energy Managers create Industrial Energy Savings.

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Our content strategy is to provide Energy Managers with “Win/Win” project ideas and instructions. Content is provided to us by expert Energy Auditors and Energy Managers active in the field. These projects are focused on industrial manufacturing and process environments. In our definition, “Win/Win” projects provide attractive profits for the Company and for the Environment.



Content for Energy Teams

Industry has launched Sustainability Programs and Energy Management is an important component.  Energy Teams, with one representative per plant, are focusing on reducing the kWh consumption of their facilities. We interview Corporate Energy Managers in feature articles so that Energy Teams may learn from their experiences. Some examples are:

  • The Energy Team at Briggs & Stratton facilities has realized energy savings of 30.1 million kWh over the last three years. This is the equivalent annual energy usage of 2,806 homes! (Interview article with Richard Feustel, Corporate Energy Manager, Briggs & Stratton, Nov-Dec 2009 edition)
  • RR Donnelley’s Energy Team did lighting upgrades in 57 plants, saving 91 million kWh in 2008 alone. This is the equivalent CO2 emissions of 12,492 cars! (Interview article with Michael Manzella, Chief Sustainability Officer, RR Donnelley, July 2009 edition)


    Briggs & Stratton has saved 30.1 million kWh over the last three years.

Focus on Compressed Air Systems

Compressed air systems are known as the “4th Utility” in that they provide a powerful and flexible energy source supporting industrial processes.  Ninety percent (90%) of our content educates Energy Managers on how to reduce the kWh consumption of their compressed air systems – while still capable of optimizing production output. Ten percent (10%) of our content provides case studies on how to optimize other industrial systems like lighting, cooling sytems, HVAC, boilers, steam, and water conservation.

Compressed air systems have been identified as a top opportunity to reduce energy costs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that compressed air systems account for $1.5 billion per year in energy costs and 0.5 percent of emissions. It is further estimated that optimization of compressed air systems can provide energy efficieny improvements of 20 to 50 percent (Source:  Our case studies focus on how to do it.

Our Staff

Patricia Smith is the co-Publisher of Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine. Ms. Smith is responsible for Circulation Management and the General Administration of Smith Onandia Communications LLC.

Roderick Smith is the co-Publisher of Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine.  Mr. Smith worked as an executive in the compressed air industry from 1992 to 2006. Seven of those years were based in Spain and Germany.  Mr. Smith serves as the Editor and Sales Manager for Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine.

Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine and its web site,, are wholly owned by Smith Onandia Communications LLC.  The Company is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Roderick Smith - Publisher