DOE Proposes Tougher Gas Furnace Efficiency Rule, Angering Industry

June 14, 2022
The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to tighten efficiency standards for natural gas-fueled residential furnaces, issuing a standard that would effectively phase out older, “non-condensing” technology and spur greater adoption of more-efficient electric heat pumps as well as newer versions of gas furnaces. The June 13 proposed rule , which was enabled by last year’s reversal of a Trump-era regulation that largely exempted non-condensing models from stronger standards, is being applauded by environmentalists but criticized by the natural gas...

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