UK organisations could save £400m from efficient use of boilers

Published on Friday, 02 March 2012 12:18
Posted by Scott Buckler

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 by the Carbon Trust

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 controls.

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.

 

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