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Taming the other energy hog lurking in your basement
Posted by Joanna Mauer on May 14, 2015

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards for furnace fans, which are a little-known energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. Today, DOE proposed new standards that would help tame another energy hog that may be in your basement—dehumidifiers. However, while the proposed standards would be a good step towards cutting dehumidifier energy...

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Proposed pump efficiency standards reflect industry, advocate consensus
Posted by Joanna Mauer on March 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards yesterday for commercial and industrial pumps that are based on efficiency levels negotiated by manufacturers, efficiency advocates, and other stakeholders. The proposal would establish the first-ever national efficiency standards for pumps.

The proposed standards would apply to clean water pumps between 1 and 200 horsepower, which are used for a wide variety of applications such as irrigation, circulation of hot or cold...

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New efficiency standards would help address heating bills of many homes in cold climates
Posted by Joanna Mauer on March 16, 2015

On the heels of a proposed rule for new efficiency standards for furnaces, late on Friday the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for another type of home heating equipment. While the proposed standards for boilers would save money for many consumers in cold climates, higher standards could achieve significantly greater energy savings.

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Water heaters get an efficiency makeover courtesy of the Department of Energy
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on February 25, 2015

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New national furnace standards will save consumers money, but stronger standards could save even more
Posted by Andrew deLaski on February 11, 2015

Yesterday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for furnaces that would provide significant savings for consumers on their home heating bills, and be among the biggest natural-gas saving standards ever completed by the agency. The new standards would reduce gas and propane furnace energy consumption by about 13% relative to basic furnaces sold today.

Improved furnace efficiency standards are a crucial energy-savings opportunity for homeowners and the nation,...

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Fewer dollars up the chimney with DOE's proposal for gas fireplaces
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on January 29, 2015

Proposed new standards for gas fireplaces may make a cozy night in front of the fire a little cheaper. For decorative hearth products, the little blue flame that stands ready to light your gas fireplace at a moment’s notice can account for about 40% of the total annual energy consumed. Standing pilots lights are on 24/7, continuously burning small amounts of gas and sending dollars needlessly up your chimney. A proposed rule issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday...

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DOE proposes first update to commercial furnace standards in 20 years
Posted by Joanna Mauer on January 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new standards today that would provide a modest boost to the efficiency of commercial furnaces. The standards for commercial furnaces are due for an update as they have not changed in more than 20 years.

Commercial furnaces are typically used to provide space heating for low-rise buildings such as schools, restaurants, big-box stores, and small office buildings. (Larger buildings generally use boilers to heat hot water that is...

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