When your boiler, steam and process heating isn’t working together efficiently, they can add up to 60% to your energy bill. But there are ways you can reduce the amount of energy you use in the process.
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Your boiler, steam and process heating work together. They should be treated as one system.
When your boiler, steam and process heating isn’t working together efficiently, they can add up to 60% to your energy bill.
But there are ways you can reduce the amount of energy you use in the process, which can:
The figures on this page come from our Boosting Business Productivity program. We worked with more than 300 businesses to explore their energy use and minimise their energy cost.
Install a gas meter to your system to track and monitor its use. This data can be analysed to identify opportunities to save energy. If you have an engineer on staff, they’ll be able to analyse the data for you. Otherwise, find out more about gas measurement and monitoring.
Every business is different. The best way to get a clear idea of what’s using the most energy in your business is by getting an energy audit. An energy auditor can review your energy bills and the way your business operates, to identify where you’re losing energy and what you can do about it.
Find an energy auditor near you.
It’s always good to seek advice and knowledge from similar businesses and industry groups.
Meet David. After upgrading processes and equipment at his dessert-making business, he saw significant energy savings.
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Heat recovery is a process where you redirect and use heat that would otherwise be vented outside, to preheat the boiler feed water.
Implement condensate recovery, a process where you redirect condensate into your boiler feed water tank.
To get the most out of your boiler, regularly blowdown water using steam pressure to remove any build-up of impurities, which improves the efficiency of the system.
On average, heat recovery will:
Operational controls and variable speed drives work together to make your system more efficient.
Operational controls can switch the system on or off and adjust the temperature according to demand.
A variable speed drive adjusts the speed of combustion air fans and feed water pumps.
On average, adding operational controls and variable speed drive will:
Insulate steam, hot water and condensate piping to reduce heat loss and improve productivity of the system.
On average, insulating piping will:
Schedule regularly maintenance with a technician to make sure your system is working efficiently.
Regularly check for:
This can save up to 5% of your energy bill.
On average, annual regular maintenance will:
Install electricity and gas meters to your boiler, steam and process heating system to monitor use.
The metre can show you how much energy the system uses and when. This data can be analysed to see if it’s working efficiently or when it’s not.
An operations manager will be able to analyse the data for you. If you don’t have an operations manager, call a technician.
On average, measuring, analysing and updating the system will:
For more information about using your boiler, steam and process heat efficiently, watch our gas video series.
Our energy upgrade tool does the hard work for you. It recommends opportunities and funding options, and calculates return on investment for your business.
Use the energy upgrade tool.
You may be eligible for discounted energy-efficiency products and services, including boiler, steam and process heating, through the Victorian Energy Upgrade program.
To get started, contact an accredited provider.
Then, you can pay for the remaining cost with energy-specific finance.
We’ll send you the latest sustainability information, tailored for business, including: