When you’re looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and costs, and to increase efficiency and productivity, you shouldn’t let steam off the hook. An efficient steam system is a perfect energy transporter. But a poorly-designed system, or one with leaks or condensate build-up, can waste thousand of pounds a year in energy costs.
If other systems in your production process were running inefficiently, you’d spot the issue and resolve it quickly. But the problem with a steam system is the slow rate of deterioration in efficiency and performance. In fact some systems which have gone without a survey for as long as 5 years have been shown to have up to 30% of their steam traps leaking or blocked. Yet the reductions in efficiency, increases in energy costs and CO2 emissions, and the changes in the speed or quality of production were so gradual, the problems had gone almost unnoticed and completely unresolved.