All Steamed Up

A project that was all but invisible to building users was the renovation of steam traps, which are located in non-public areas of buildings.

Part of the systems that provide hot water and heating for our buildings, when steam traps fail or stay permanently open, they release too much steam, increasing the amount of energy required to produce hot water or heating.

All steam traps in buildings more than five years old have been evaluated, and 420 were repaired or replaced.

  • Anticipated Savings: 23,480 MMBTU of steam energy savings per year
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction: 5.8 million pounds of CO2e, the equivalent of planting 600 acres of pine or fir forest.
  • Annual energy savings will be equivalent to heat and hot water for 706 local, average-size homes for one year.

Methods and results of energy savings calculations for steam system upgrades on the Main and J.J. Pickle Research campuses are described in the Savings Calculation for Steam*.

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