Energy Department moves ahead with efficiency measure in spite of shutdown

Earlier this week, Congressional disputes over ties between Affordable Care Act funding and federal spending resulted in the first government shutdown in 17 years. But despite the lack of federal funds for the new fiscal year, the Department of Energy (DOE) – apparently using money leftover from the previous fiscal year – is moving ahead with its newly proposed guidelines on furnace fan efficiency standards.

At first glance, regulating furnace fans may not seem like the most obvious solution toward a more energy-efficient country. But according to clean energy news outlet The Energy Collective, furnace fans actually account for one of the biggest sources of electricity consumption in the average home. As the source reports, a typical furnace fan uses 800 kilowatt-hours every year, an amount that exceeds the combined total of energy that new refrigerators and dishwashers use on an annual basis. With the new DOE standards, furnace fans would use 40 percent less energy, yielding about $400 in savings over the life of the fan.

According to the source, it's also imperative for the DOE to move forward on initiatives like these because they underscore the White House's commitment to President Barack Obama's Climate Plan, including its long-term goals of doubling energy productivity and significantly reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The financial and environmental implications – of which there are millions of dollars to be saved and billions of metric tons in carbon dioxide emissions to be curtailed – are too staggering to ignore.

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