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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the program?
Ecova's Compressed Air Solutions Program is an innovative program that will work with you to audit your entire compressed air system, identify inefficiencies and implement system solutions. Financial incentives – based on energy savings – can pay for up to 50% of the project.

Q: I know my facility uses compressed air, but why should I pay attention to it?
Compressed air is often referred to as your “fourth utility” because it is a huge consumer of electricity, and it’s one of the most energy inefficient systems in your facility. Improving the efficiency of your compressed air system can help you save thousands of dollars on your utility bills each year.

Q: How much energy, and money, can I save by participating?
Your facility can save up to 30% of the energy currently used to operate the compressed air system. After you complete our pre-qualification questionnaire, we can usually determine if your system will qualify and what level of savings the audit may uncover.

Q: What are the first steps to start saving money through Ecova?

  • Complete a short pre-qualification questionnaire, either online or by phone, to ensure your facility meets the program qualifications.
  • Ecova representatives will conduct a facility walkthrough to assess the energy savings opportunities and explain the details of the program.
  • If you are committed to making an investment in your system, you will be scheduled for a Technical Compressed Air Systems Audit.
  • The audit is free

Q: This program looks similar to other energy-efficiency programs I have been offered. What is different?
In the past, you may have had audits of your facility and been given recommendations on improving efficiencies, but that’s it. The Compressed Air Solutions Program implemented by Ecova is different because we actually follow through with implementing our recommended solutions. We’re committed to helping you achieve measurable results from beginning to end – and can now offer you valuable financial incentives for equipment purchase.

Q: What are the financial incentives (rebates)?
The available incentives ($0.08/kWh and $100/kW in energy savings) can offset 50% of the cost of new equipment (per project maximums apply).

Q: Are there any costs or fees to participate in the program?
No, the audit is free. There are no program fees for participating.

Q: How long does the audit take?
A complete audit report, including a proposal that identifies all costs, energy and dollar savings and available incentives are typically completed within 30 to 45 days.

Q: Who from my company will need to be available during the audit process?
The audit will require brief and simple interviews with management and staff to determine current system performance and compressed air needs.

Q: How long will my facility’s compressed air system be down during installation of new equipment?
We work around your schedule. Depending on the complexity of retrofit, downtime could range from zero to a full day.

Q: Are there any benefits besides energy savings? 
Absolutely. The final part of the program includes training your entire staff on the system, including an “Air Champion” who will continually monitor and maintain your compressed air system to keep it operating efficiently. As a result, your facility will likely experience reduced downtime and decreased maintenance costs for your compressed air and related systems.

Q: How is PG&E involved?
This program is part of the broad energy conservation portfolio of Pacific Gas and Electric and is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Q: Who runs the Compressed Air Solutions Program?
This is a service provided by Ecova

If you still have questions, contact an Ecova representative at 1-877-326-7247 or send us an e-mail.