On Monday, CNN reported that the Department of Energy will propose a new rule regulating residential, natural gas furnaces, requiring a higher standard of energy efficiency. Likely spurred by spiking gas prices, this would be the first substantive update to home furnace rules in 35 years. This regulation would compel non-weatherized gas furnaces and furnaces used in mobile homes to be far more energy-efficient, complying with a 95% annual fuel utilization efficiency standard. Out of all the furnaces shipped to consumers today, only 40% are at or above 95% fuel utilization. Unlike previous efforts to improve the efficiency of natural gas furnaces, this would establish a national standard for home-heating furnaces regardless of size.
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