UK organisations could save over £400m a year by taking simple,
low-cost actions to improve the efficiency of their hot water
boilers, according to new guidance published today by the Carbon
New analysis by the Carbon Trust reveals that heating and hot
water accounts for over one third of UK organisations' energy
consumption and up to 60% of the carbon emissions from some UK
industrial processes, such as food production and laundering, where
demand for steam or hot water is high. However, it's possible to
cut heating costs by up to 30% by implementing some simple
boiler-related energy saving measures.
The guidance outlines how organisations can make immediate
energy savings of 10% through better maintenance and low cost
improvements, such as installing insulation and retrofitting
Richard Rugg, Director, Carbon Trust Programmes, said:
"Heating water uses a huge amount of energy so if you want to
cut your bill and boost your bottom line, checking your boiler is
not a bad place to start. UK organisations could be saving over
£400m a year by following simple, low-cost measures."
The new Steam
and high temperature hot water boilers and Low temperature hot
water boilers guides are part of the Carbon Trust's Expert in
Energy series. The Carbon Trust is also running a free webinar on
how to significantly reduce running costs and improve the
efficiency of your hot water boilers at 12pm, 7 March 2012.
A Scottish knitwear manufacturer reaped dividends when it
replaced its existing oil-fired boiler with two smaller gas-fired
boilers equipped with digital combustion controls. The more
streamlined boiler process and correct sizing led to a saving of
35,000 litres of fuel oil and £13,200 per year.
All modern boilers are capable of achieving an efficiency of at
least 80% by taking simple actions to impact their performance.
Top Tips from the guides:
Carry out boiler maintenance - Over time
mechanical components can become worn which can affect combustion
efficiency. Therefore burners and their controls need to be checked
at regular intervals and adjusted as necessary.
Minimize heat losses - Keep boiler insulation
in good condition. All pipework, valves, flanges and fittings in
the boilerhouse should be adequately insulated and valve
mats/covers should be replaced after maintenance work.
Implement effective water treatment - The
presence of impurities and contaminants in water make treatment and
conditioning regimes essential to provide water of a suitable
quality for the effective operation of steam boiler plant and
Produce a maintenance manual - Detail records
of work done, the person responsible, and when they were completed.
The formalisation of maintenance in this manner should help ensure
that tasks are carried out at the correct frequency and will
highlight ongoing problems.
Consult your boiler manufacturer - Find out
what the recommended TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) level is and
compare this with your current operating regime.
Consider boiler replacement - In the longer
term, if a boiler is more than 15 years old, or if it is showing
signs of inefficient operation, it may need replacing.
Capacity/size requirements, boiler compatibility and financial and
environmental impact must all be considered in the process.
For further advice on energy saving and ways you can reduce
carbon emissions call the Carbon Trust advice line on 0800 085
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accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist
support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon
emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies.
By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of
lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses,
increased energy security and associated jobs.
We help to cut carbon emissions now by
- Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations
- Setting standards for carbon reduction
We reduce potential future carbon emissions by
- Opening markets for low carbon technologies
- Leading industry collaborations to commercialise
- Investing in early stage low carbon companies
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close the gap between identification and implementation of energy
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