The Department of Energy has removed a regulation that would require homeowners in northern states including New Jersey to install high efficiency furnaces. This rule would have substantially raised the cost of a furnace replacement for home owners who live in condos or town homes where installing the required flue piping would be difficult.

The rule was set to take effect in May 2013.

 

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