10 Jun '11, 7pm

Unplugged: In Time for Summer, Energy Efficient Air Conditioning! (via @Earthjustice)

DOE strengthens standards for AC, furnaces and heat pumps The Department of Energy today released stronger new energy efficiency standards for central AC units, furnaces and heat pumps. The new rules adopt levels recommended by a coalition of manufacturing, consumer and environmental groups, including Earthjustice, filed with the department in 2009. Reflecting the varying climates found across the U.S., the rules set up standards tailored to regional conditions. For example, the AC standards require the greatest efficiency improvements in units sold in warmer climates like Miami (40 percent less energy), while a new furnace in the North will have to use about 20 percent less energy than under the prior standards that were established in the late 1980s. In a statement, Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, said: Climates as differe...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-june/unplugged-in-time-...

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