NFIB Supports Repeal of Department of Energy Furnace Rule

Small businesses must make costly changes to meet the new demands

What it means: NFIB supports Senate efforts to repeal a burdensome regulation that will increase inflationary pressures impacting small business owners and limiting their options.

Our opinion: “Small business owners are overwhelmed by the numerous government regulations that increase costs and administrative burdens on their businesses. In this case, the DOE has misrepresented the economic impact this rule will have on small businesses because it will ultimately increase small business owners’ input costs and increase inflationary pressures.” Adam Temple, NFIB vice president of advocacy.

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has instituted a rule that forces manufacturers to only sell furnaces that convert at least 95% of the fuel into heat. NFIB has filed SJ Res. 58, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution to Rescind the DOE’s Final Rule on Gas Furnace Efficiency Standards, as an NFIB Key Vote for the 118e Congress.

The rule bans all non-condensing furnace models. This means that small businesses will have to purchase electric heat pumps or make an expensive investment to renovate existing units to meet the new requirements. The legislation will repeal the burdensome rule that limits the choices of small business owners. According to a vote of NFIB members, 96% of NFIB members believe that the federal government should not restrict the purchase of consumer products such as gas furnaces. These burdensome regulations will increase administrative burdens and costs for small businesses and consumers, and the DOE has not accurately projected the economic impact.

The NFIB has made the repeal bill a key vote and will continue to urge lawmakers to support the legislation. Read our press release for more information about the rule. Take action: Tell your lawmakers in Washington DC to support legislation that would overturn the Department of Energy’s furnace rule.

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