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Furnace efficiency impacts residential natural gas use

By Bob Downing Published: December 5, 2013

From the U.S. Enenergy Information Administration today:

Dec 5, 2013

 

Graph of estimated main space residential heating consumption by fuel, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2009
Note: Reflects site consumption only. Other heating equipment includes boilers, radiators, heat pumps, and stoves.

About 40% of the energy delivered to the residential sector is attributed to space heating, and natural gas- and propane-fired furnaces account for almost half of that, making them a large target for potential energy efficiency gains. Yet the minimum efficiency level of gas furnaces has changed little over the past 20 years. A Department of Energy (DOE) standard that would have updated minimum gas furnace efficiency standards for the first time since 1992 has been challenged in court and delayed many times. As a result, the minimum efficiency standard for one of the highest energy-consuming residential appliance types may remain unchanged for almost three decades.

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