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U.S. Department of Energy BestPractices Steam Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets are one-page discussions of steam efficiency technologies and procedures. Most Tip Sheets show an example of how to calculate the dollar impact of efficiency implementation.
(All previous Tip Sheets were recently revised in January, 2006 to reflect rising natural gas prices.)

The Cost of Steam
Benchmark the Fuel Cost of Steam Generation (PDF 212 KB)
Steam Generation
Improve Your Boiler's Combustion Efficiency (PDF 237 KB)
Upgrade Boilers with Energy-Efficient Burners (PDF 212 KB)
Recover Heat from Boiler Blowdown (PDF 216 KB)
Use Feedwater Economizers for Waste Heat Recovery (PDF 235 KB)
Minimize Boiler Blowdown (PDF 215 KB)
Install an Automatic Blowdown Control System (PDF 212 KB)
Minimize Boiler Short Cycling Losses (PDF 210 KB)
Clean Boiler Water-side Heat Transfer Surfaces (PDF 210 KB)
Consider Installing Turbulators on Two- and Three-Pass Firetube Boilers (PDF 214 KB)
Consider Installing High-Pressure Boilers with Backpressure Turbine-Generators (PDF 266 KB)
Steam Distribution
Inspect and Repair Steam Traps (PDF 186 KB)
Install Removable Insulation on Valves and Fittings (PDF 217 KB)
Insulate Steam Distribution and Condensate Return Lines (PDF 162 KB)
Cover Heated, Open Vessels (PDF 216 KB)
Deaerators in Industrial Steam Systems (PDF 198 KB)
Replace Pressure-Reducing Valves with Backpressure Turbogenerators (PDF 240 KB)
Steam End Use/Recovery
Consider Steam Turbine Drives for Rotating Equipment (PDF 210 KB)
Return Condensate to the Boiler (PDF 238 KB)
Use Low Grade Waste Steam to Power Absorption Chillers (PDF 267 KB)
Use Vapor Recompression to Recover Low-Pressure Waste Steam (PDF 221 KB)
Use a Vent Condenser to Recover Flash Steam Energy (PDF 213 KB)
Flash High-Pressure Condensate to Regenerate Low-Pressure Steam (PDF 212 KB)
Use Steam Jet Ejectors or Thermocompressors to
Reduce Venting of Low-Pressure Steam (PDF 255 KB)
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