It was called the Polar Vortex, an ominous sounding winter event that challenged even the heartiest of Midwesterners with double-digit below zero temperatures and wind chills. And because once wasn't enough, Polar Vortex II quickly followed.
The heat's back on, and the hot water is running again at Cassidy-Lafayette Houses in New Brighton, the 381-unit complex for senior citizens, the New York City Housing Authority announced Wednesday afternoon.
With the average boiler consuming more than four times its initial cost in energy every year, there is no bad time to look for ways to increase efficiency and perhaps no better time than during the annual shutdown. If shutdown is performed properly and appropriate action is taken, a boiler not only will operate more efficiently and reliably, it will continue to run safely. During an annual boiler shutdown, inspect all of the equipment in the boiler room.
About half the fuel consumed by U.S. industry goes to produce steam, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Virtually all of the electrical energy consumed, including transmission losses, throughout the United States is produced by steam-powered generating equipment. That means the majority of America’s carbon and nuclear footprints is created by the process of steam generation. This suggests economical steam production should be a national priority at least on a par with vehicular fuel efficiency.