Vacuum Pumps The installation of a Variable Acceleration Drive (VSD), sometimes called a adjustable frequency drive, usually saves between 50 and 65% in electricity costs with the same or better regulation of vacuum. The number of energy savings can be from 30 to 80 percent. They may be adapted to blower or in some cases rotary vane type vacuum pumps. They work by changing the rate of the vacuum pump based on the reading from a pressure sensor that is mounted on the vacuum collection close to the Energy-Conserving Vacuum Pump receiver jar. The VSD is actually a dedicated computer with many adjustments so it might be possible to boost vacuum regulation over the typical pneumatic vacuum regulator that just includes a vacuum level adjustment. A VSD for vacuum pressure pump is usually economical for a dairy that milks a total of 8 hours or even more each day. Typically a VSD will never be an economical option for small dairies due to less milking time and thus shorter vacuum pump operate times but there are some other options to save lots of energy costs.