DOE pushing new efficiency rules for furnaces

Furnaces could be the latest household appliance facing new energy conservation standards.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is expected to propose new efficiency rules for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces in the coming weeks.

DOE is waiting for the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to finish reviewing the energy conservation standards before it proposes the new rules for these furnaces.

In advance of this, the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced Wednesday it will hold a public meeting on Nov. 7 to discuss the energy conservation standards for furnaces — a signal that the new efficiency rules could be coming soon.

This comes after the DOE's previous attempt to raise the efficiency standards for these furnaces was struck down in federal court this past April.