How to Reduce Fuel Usage
- A few changes can make a big difference in overall fuel consumption for heavy machinery
- Efficient operation can lower overhead expenses significantly
Properly grease machine fittings
Lubricate your machine according to the manufacturer's recommendations to keep it operating efficiently. When components are properly greased, fuel efficiency is increased simply because the power needed to perform operations is reduced. The more mobility your machine's components have, the less work the hydraulic system must perform.
Perform regular service on your equipment
Follow the equipment manufacturer's guidelines to schedule service for your equipment. Most machines require service at least every 500 hours, but some may require it more frequently. The best way to ensure that your machine is working efficiently is to adhere to the suggested service intervals.
Conduct regular air filter inspections
Air filters should be inspected every 50 hours to ensure optimal operating performance. When an air filter becomes clogged with dirt, the engine cannot get the air it needs and will not operate efficiently. Some machines have air flow indicators that tell you when it is time to change the filter, but ff you wait until you see a warning, you have probably been wasting fuel. If your filter is visibly clogged with dirt during your inspection, it is time to change it.
Pay attention for signs of a mechanical problem
When signs of a mechanical problem are identified, such as excessive black smoke, bring your machine in for repair immediately. Mechanical problems, such as a bad fuel injector, can significantly reduce fuel efficiency and cause additional problems if not corrected quickly.
Check tire PSI
Check the air pressure in your tires before and after each use. Low air pressure can reduce the efficiency of your machine and increase the amount of fuel burned during operation. If the tire pressure is low, fill the tires as soon as possible.
Operate your engine at a low RPM when possible
When a job does not require maximum power, running your engine at a lower RPM can significantly reduce fuel usage. Begin any task by running at a low RPM, then slowly raise the RPM until the engine does not strain. This approach will determine the most efficient RPM for that particular task.