Consumers Will Save $30 Billion with New Gas Furnace Standards

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Consumer coalition applauds Biden Administration for taking action

A coalition of consumer groups applauded the release of the U.S. Department of Energy's new standards for gas furnaces, claiming the move will mean up to $30 billion in savings for American consumers.

Under the proposed rule, non-weatherized gas furnaces and those used in mobile homes would be required to achieve an annual fuel utilization efficiency of 95%.

The consumer advocacy coalition including Consumer Federation of America (CFA), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), and Consumer Reports says the move will both save consumers money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“A strong updated efficiency standard will ensure that the efficiency level of all furnaces on the market will meet a higher minimum standard,” said Charlie Harak, Staff Attorney at the National Consumer Law Center. “Many homeowners lack the time or information needed to choose to upgrade to a more efficient furnace, especially if they are doing an emergency replacement. Many others are renters – often disproportionately low-income consumers – and without strong, economically justified furnace standards, their property owners will install less expensive and less efficient furnaces, burdening tenants with higher bills for decades to come.”

The Department of Energy also touted the multi-faceted benefits of the proposed rule.

“By updating energy standards for many carbon-emitting appliances, such as home furnaces, the Biden Administration is working to save consumers money,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “These efficiency measures not only reduce carbon and methane emissions, but also provide huge material benefits to American households in the form of cleaner air, modernized technology, and cheaper energy.”

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