Energy Department Turns Focus to Furnace Efficiency

Standards projected to conserve energy by 15 percent. 

The Department of Energy proposed new regulations on consumer gas furnaces in an effort to expand the manufacture and purchase of more efficient alternatives.  The amended energy conservation standards would require new non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces to use about 15 percent less energy than today’s common models. 

The new standard would effectively phase out common noncondensing models, according to the appliance efficiency group American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in favor of condensing models or electric heat pumps. Noncondensing models allow for the venting, rather than the repurposing, of excess heat energy. 

The department estimated that the rule would cut costs by nearly $500 over the life of a furnace. It is also estimated that the rule would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including 363 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. 

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy said the administration is doing “100 rules this year alone on appliances” during a speech at Tufts University in May. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for U.S. energy officials as they work to reduce carbon emissions.
  • For Secretary Granholm to seek God’s discernment as she oversees new energy efficiency standards.
  • That the president and his energy advisors would be led by the Lord as they implement carbon and greenhouse gas reduction policies.

Sources: Washington Examiner, Wall Street Journal


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