Steam systems account for 30 percent of total energy consumption in industry. A recent DOE study states that system improvements can increase efficiency by 10 to 15 percent.
In the United States, industrial, commercial, institutional and military spend about $45 billion each year to make steam.
Based on a comprehensive study of 66 major steam plants, it was found that 12.3 percent of fuel consumption was avoidable. Payback for improvements was 1.7 years. However, only one-third of possible improvements were implemented. Only half required capital investment; the balance required only operational or behavioral changes.
Are there changes you could make at your plant?