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General FAQs

  • What is ENERGY STAR in Canada?
    • ENERGY STAR in Canada is a voluntary arrangement between Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency and organizations that manufacture, sell or promote products that meet the ENERGY STAR levels of energy performance.
    • ENERGY STAR in Canada is administered by Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE)
    • ENERGY STAR mark is on many products sold in Canada.
    • ENERGY STAR mark, where applicable, is placed on the EnerGuide label.
    • While EnerGuide provides buyers with the ability to shop and compare energy ratings, ENERGY STAR goes one step further and identifies products that meet prescribed higher levels of energy efficiency.
  • Complementary role of the ENERGY STAR mark to Canada's EnerGuide label
    • The ENERGY STAR mark, which is placed on the product and/or incorporated in its literature, indicates that the product meets a premium level of energy efficiency making it easy for consumers to choose the most energy-efficient products sold in the Canadian marketplace.
    • ENERGY STAR labeling complements EnerGuide.
    • The EnerGuide for Equipment Program requires that EnerGuide labels be affixed to major household appliances to help the Canadian buying public compare the energy consumption of products sold in Canada.
    • The fundamental feature of the ENERGY STAR mark is that it is an endorsement label for the most energy-efficient products sold in the marketplace.
    • The ENERGY STAR mark on the EnerGuide label plays a complementary role to the EnerGuide label for applicable products - refrigerators, washers, dishwashers and room air conditioners.
    • The ENERGY STAR mark on the EnerGuide label helps buyers identify the product as a top energy performer.
  • ENERGY STAR labeled products which will be labeled and promoted in Canada are:
    • Appliances (refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers and bottled-water coolers);
    • Residential heating and cooling equipment (residential boilers, gas furnaces, air-to-air heat pumps, central air-conditioning units, louvred room air conditioners with no reverse cycle, programmable thermostats and dehumidifiers);
    • Office equipment (computers, monitors, printers and fax machines, copiers, scanners and multi-function devices, bottled water coolers);
    • Consumer electronics (TVs, VCRs, TV-VCR combinations, audio equipment and DVD products)
    • Windows and sliding glass doors sold in Canada
  • How do products qualify for the ENERGY STAR mark?
    • Qualifying ENERGY STAR labeled products must meet and exceed minimum Canadian Federal energy efficiency standards according to a prescribed performance level for each product area.
    • Most products that qualify in the US automatically qualify in Canada
  • Why buy ENERGY STAR labeled products (saves money and the environment)?
    • By choosing ENERGY STAR labeled products, buyers save energy and money on utility bills, reduce air pollution without sacrificing the features, versatility or style they expect from high-performing products.
  • Where to find ENERGY STAR labeled products?
    • Already, ENERGY STAR labeled products are found in retailers' showrooms across Canada.
    • Consumers can look for the ENERGY STAR mark on product packaging, literature, product advertising and, of course, on the products themselves - in some cases, you may also find it on the EnerGuide label.