I've noticed my new furnace uses about the same electrical power to operate as my old furnace, even though the new furnace (44k) is 1/2 the BTU of he old one (88k). Both furnaces use 1/3HP 5amp blower motors, old furnace was on high speed, new furnace was on low. New furnace uses a 1.8amp shaded pole inducer motor and is considerably larger than my previous furnace inducer. I didn't get the amp rating on the old furnace inducer, but it was a standard 'c frame' motor, most are about 1amp. Condensing furnaces do tend to use much larger inducer motors overall.

I write this post because I've noticed the increased electrical consumption with lower temperatures. Electrical efficiency isn't mentioned in furnace specs, but it appears to contribute considerably to operation costs.

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Have you looked into any of the ECM motors? I hear they consume less electricity. It would probably take a couple years to pay for itself in savings, but with a new furnace, it may be worth looking into.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjoY6hRSudk

This motor looks like a good bet.

ECM could be the way to go. At $250 it does have a long payback though. The use of a 1.8A Shaded Pole inducer motor seems wasteful, a PSC would use 1/2 the power to do the same job.

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