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July 16, 2014

New Furnace Fan Energy Eficiency Standard Put in Place

The Energy Department on June 25 announced a new energy efficiency standard for furnace fans, the latest of eight finalized standards and nine proposed standards issued since the President's Climate Action Plan was announced last year. These efficiency standards cut carbon pollution and save American families and businesses money by saving energy.

Furnace fans are used to circulate air through ductwork in residential heating and cooling equipment. Last year, approximately 3 million furnace fans were shipped in the United States. A standard furnace fan for a 70,000-Btu-per-hour furnace consumes approximately 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year, and this standard could reduce energy use by 46%. The new standard for furnace fans will help reduce harmful carbon pollution by up to 34 million metric tons—equivalent to the annual electricity use of 4.7 million homes—and save U.S. residents more than $9 billion in home electricity bills through 2030.

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, estimated to save consumers more than $450 billion through 2030. See the Energy Department news release, the fan regulations, and the Department's Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.