Hot condensate is valuable.
Recover all uncontaminated condensate. A typical plant can save 20-26% of their
steam energy costs.
Install drip legs upstream of all PRV
and control valves to prevent valves becoming wire-drawn.
Set up a periodic program to blow
down all strainers in the steam system. Strainers are the cheapest insurance against
There are three different
types of steam traps: density, thermostatic and thermodynamic. It is critical
to understand how they operate and how to apply them to your plant processes.
Insulate the steam system
and save what may be incredible energy dollars.
one foot of 2" piping will waste up to 190 lbs. of fuel oil! If you don't believe how important
see how much fuel you are wasting.
Install a strainer with a
blow-down upstream of each steam trap and critical valve. This is the cheapest
insurance against plugging or fouling. And, of course, blow them down on a regular
Increase steam efficiency by
carefully selecting, sizing and installing the type of steam trap best suited for each
Plant personnel should be
encouraged by management to report all external steam leaks. Small leaks quickly turn into
large ones through wire-drawing and erosion. Just a 1/16" diameter leak @ 100 psi
will waste $1,156.00 annually at a steam cost of $10.00/1,000 lbs.