Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, Trends for 1990-2016

Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, photo of appliances

Shipment data for the six major household appliances

Photo of appliances

Key facts

  • An average set of major appliances consumed 2,600 kWh/yr in 2016 - half as much as a 1990 set.
  • Annual electricity costs for an average set of major appliances were $637 in 1990, but only half that ($312) in 2016.
  • In 2016, 63% of refrigerators, 96% of dishwashers and 65% of clothes washers were ENERGY STAR® certified.
  • In 2016, estimated energy savings from all shipped appliances were 93 PJ - equivalent to one year's energy for about 850,000 households.

Learn more about the improvement in energy consumption

Energy efficiency improvements can be attributed to a variety of factors, including:
  • consumer demand for more efficient products
  • evolving energy performance standards
  • research and development carried out by manufacturers
  • the expert information provided by the EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR® initiatives in Canada