Steam systems, hot water systems and process heating can use and waste a lot of energy. Managing your energy efficiency and considering improvements can offer big savings.

There are two ways to save: improve the efficiency of an existing system (e.g. use settings more efficiently; repair leaks; install a burner management control system) or install a new system (e.g. use an alternative heat source to steam; upgrade equipment; install a heat recovery system or heat pump).  

Energy-saving actions matter. Start with these resources.

Learn from others — case studies


Watch video two about simple ways to improve water heaters in dairies, in this series by Dairy Australia.

Read how a New South Wales dairy installed a heat capture system that cut electricity costs, in this case study from Landcare Australia.

Find out how a feedlot in Condamine, Queensland optimised its thermal system and installed solar PV to contribute to 13 per cent energy savings, in this case study from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Food processors

Discover the substantial savings De Bortoli Wines made from installing a solar thermal system to pre-heat water for its winery boilers, in this case study from Wine Australia.

See how Murray Goulburn Co-operative improved steam system efficiency at one of its milk processing plants, in this case study from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.

See how several meat processors replaced gas hot water systems with CO2 heat pumps, in this case study from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Learn more about energy efficiencies in steam generation systems, with this web page from Sustainability Victoria, and for more information see their best practice guide to energy efficiency in steam, hot water and process heating.

Read about opportunities for energy efficiencies in process heaters, boilers and steam systems at Energy Exchange.

Act now — fact sheets, guides and tools

Explore the cooking and heating energy efficiency equipment toolkit and the steam and hot water energy efficiency equipment toolkit from Food South Australia.

See the section on reducing demand for hot water and steam in the Eco-efficiency Toolkit for the Queensland Food Processing Industry, prepared by the Australian Industry Group.

Better understand energy saving measures for process heating in business, with this guide from the Carbon Trust.

Know your options — more help and ideas

Victorian Energy Saver provides tools and information to help Victorian Businesses save energy and money.

Page last updated: 31/07/18