A Kewanee steam boiler is the backbone of J.H. Baxter & Co.’s wood-treatment facility in Eugene. But over time, the boiler’s fire tubes built up a layer of soot that decreased efficiency. The solution was a simple boiler tune-up that boosted efficiency by 8.5 percent, saving more than 41,000 therms per year. Not only did the project cut the facility’s annual energy costs by an estimated $21,100—90 percent of the cost of the tune-up was paid for through Energy Trust of Oregon’s 90 by 90 industrial operations and maintenance offer.
“The boiler tune-up project was a real home run for us,” said Jeanne Olson, plant manager. “The generous cash incentive from Energy Trust meant that our investment paid for itself through energy savings in only three days.”
The boiler tune-up is one of several natural gas efficiency projects the company has worked on with Energy Trust since 2012—projects that are saving J.H. Baxter an estimated $102,000 annually.