I agree. The consumer has to be educated on the HE equipment enough to make the decision for themselves. I see so many just say "if we replace your old oil boiler with this new 96% efficient boiler, you'll save $$$$$$ every year." Then they try to push oversized equipment that defeats the purpose of upgrading.True. But with standard efficiency equipment parts are readily available, and one isn't required to purchase o.e.m. parts at a convenient markup.
Iam not hating on modulating equipment or variable speed motors in the way they operate. Its just a homeowner of modest means can be put in a vulnerable situation. And, all savings from the utility bills are negated.