DOE Releases Stronger Energy Efficiency Standard for Furnace Fans
The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a stronger energy efficiency standard for furnace fans that is projected to cut carbon pollution up to 34 million metric tons by 2030.
The carbon pollution reduction is the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 4.7 million homes. The measure will also save more than $9 billion in electricity bills through 2030, the DOE says.
Furnace fans are used to circulate air through ductwork in heating and cooling equipment. A standard fan for a 70,000 Btu per hour furnace uses about 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The new efficiency standard could reduce energy use by 46 percent, the DOE says.
This is the latest of eight finalized and nine proposed standards issued since the Obama Administration released its Climate Action Plan in June 2013. The DOE has released new efficiency standards for more than 30 household and commercial products, including water heaters and refrigeration since 2008.
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