When President Barack Obama announced his various proposals for improving the energy efficiency of the country in the first week of June, his goal was clear – reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the country, while also helping Americans save on their power expenses each year. Although some of the changes that the administration wants to implement will likely not be put in place for a few more years – longer, if they are challenged in court – there are some actions that are already here to stay.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that there will now be new federal standards when it comes to the energy efficiency of furnace fans. This issue is one of eight finalized standards that have already taken effect under the president's Climate Action Plan. The purpose of improving the energy consumption of furnace fans is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide they produce, as well as help Americans save money each month and year on their utility payments.
According to numbers put forth by the DOE, these new standards for furnace fans will reduce carbon pollution by 34 million metric tons – the equivalent of annual electricity usage of nearly 5 million homes – as well as saving Americans $9 billion in electric bills by the year 2030.
"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," U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a public statement.
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