The Biden administration has announced new energy efficiency regulations aimed at home gas-powered furnaces 

The Department of Energy (DOE) claims these regulations will save households $1.5 billion annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 

The regulations will require non-weatherized gas furnaces to achieve higher efficiency levels compared to cheaper models 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm emphasized the administration's commitment to lowering energy costs and improving communities 

The DOE's regulations are set to take effect in 2028 and require a 95% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) for furnaces, up from the current 80% standard 

The stricter AFUE requirements may phase out non-condensing gas furnaces, but installation costs for condensing units could be high 

The American Gas Association (AGA) expressed concerns about consumer compliance and the cost of retrofits required by the new standards 

AGA estimated that up to 60% of current residential furnaces might be removed from the market due to these regulations 

Gas furnaces account for approximately 19% of annual U.S. residential energy use, making increased efficiency beneficial for energy savings and emissions reduction