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New Standard for HVAC Fans Finalized by DOE.

A new energy efficiency standard for furnace fans was announced by the U.S. Department of Energy this week. The standard is the latest of eight finalized standards and nine proposed standards issued since President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was announced in 2013.

The new standard for furnace fans will help reduce harmful carbon pollution by up to 34 million metric tons, which is equivalent to the annual electricity use of 4.7 million homes, and will save Americans over $9 billion in home electricity bills through 2030.

Furnace fans are used to circulate air through ductwork in residential heating and cooling equipment. About 3 million furnace fans were shipped in the United States in 2013. A standard furnace fan for a 70,000 Btu per hour furnace consumes about 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This standard could reduce energy use by 46%.

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"Since the President announced the Climate Action Plan one year ago, the Energy Department has finalized a number of efficiency standards that are expected to save Americans over $60 billion and reduce carbon pollution by 340 million metric tons through 2030,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “These standards help Americans save money by saving energy while also protecting the environment. The Energy Department will continue to develop standards that move the U.S. closer to its low carbon future, while also protecting our kids’ health and slowing the effects of climate change.”

Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the Energy Department has finalized new efficiency standards for more than 30 household and commercial products, including dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters, which are estimated to save consumers over $450 billion through 2030.


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