Customer demands on energy efficiency and sources have led to the development of water heating in Natureform equipment. The Phoenix range is now available with a water heating option following on going trials, specifically for certain parts of the World where electricity may be an expensive option for heating. The PLC controller is linked to the hot water system to enable a machine to be fitted with both types of heating and switched from one heat source to another on demand. Set point is achieved very rapidly and smoothly and hatchability is comparable to electrically heated machines. The Phoenix range from Natureform is already designed with many energy efficiency improving features, and as energy consumption Worldwide becomes a more important consideration in the industry, Natureform will continue to investigate improvements and offer these features to its customers.