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Energy consumption costs four times more than a pump’s purchase price

When ordering an industrial pump, it’s natural to base your decision on the cost of the equipment, because you’d do the same if you were buying most other things, wouldn’t you?

For example, if you were buying a television and had to choose between two that were the same size and equally good makes but priced differently, you’d go for the cheapest one.

But if you were buying a car and had to choose between one that was very economical to run and one that cost slightly less but did 15 miles to the gallon, which would you go for? You’d almost certainly buy the more expensive car, knowing that over time it would cost you much less in fuel.

The same approach applies to industrial pumps. The purchase price of a pump is normally around one tenth of its overall lifecycle cost, while energy consumption accounts for 40 per cent.

Here’s a breakdown of the typical lifecycle cost of running a pump:

  • Energy consumption – 40%
  • Maintenance – 25%
  • Purchase price – 10%
  • Operations – 10%
  • Installation – 7%
  • Environmental preparation – 5%
  • Downtime – 3%

It’s clear that those ordering pumps for their process must consider the bigger picture before committing. If you’re in the market for a pump, look at the efficiency of the equipment you’re looking at and speak to your supplier for advice.

For optimum efficiency, you should also consider adding a variable-speed drive to your pump system. VSDs allow electric motor speed to be controlled to account for the varying demand of the driven process, including water and wastewater applications.

Gibbons Engineering Group offers packaged solutions for pump users, with Lowara pumps, high-efficiency electric motors and ABB drives all available from a single supplier, with installation, commissioning and technical support available.

Find out more by calling us on 01621 868138 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors, Pumps & Controls

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