Court decides energy rule not needed for faux fireplaces
WASHINGTON — Fake fireplaces do not need real rules on energy efficiency.
A federal appeals court on Friday threw out an Energy Department rule that could have forced decorative fireplaces to meet federal energy efficiency standards. The appliances, also known as “gas logs,” are fueled by natural gas but are designed to minimize the amount of heat generated.
A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the Energy Department rule made no sense, since the appliances are purchased for their appearance rather than to...
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