Gas Furnace Energy Efficiency Standards: A Smart New Approach

The Department of Energy (DOE) this week formally requested more input on analyzing a new approach to energy efficiency standards for natural gas furnaces, and although it’s been 25 years since they’ve been significantly updated, taking some additional time makes great sense.

The approach, which NRDC and other stakeholders proposed to DOE in July, would set standards that vary depending on a furnace’s heating capacity, with higher efficiency and higher total energy and cost savings for larger models, and lower efficiency and lower up-front cost for smaller models. DOE published an initial assessment this week, seeking further stakeholder input. It’s great to see DOE act so promptly to launch the formal process to assess the two-tier approach.

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