A Warmer Winter Means Less Heating Costs
Posted: 1:09PM March 5th, 2012 | Comments
With temperatures uniformly warmer this past winter, home-owners breathed a sigh of relief as heating bills dropped by nearly 20%. That doesn't mean, however, that is a long-term solution to heating bills - and the energy consumption associated with running furnances in the cold winter months.
But there is long-term term solution on the horizon: It took nearly two decades, but the Department of Energy has finally pushed new standards for more efficient furnances and A/C units. For the first time since 1992, the DOE agreed in 2009 to adopt new, regional standards that accommodate that the climiate in Minneapolis is much different than that in Miami. These standards for more efficient furnances and A/C units will finally take effect in 2013, and over the next decade save billions of dollars and pounds of carbon emissions.