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Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada – Trends for 1990-2003


In an ongoing effort to improve the monitoring of trends in Canadian energy use, Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) proposed an annual data collection arrangement with members of the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) in 1996, as part of the National Energy Use Database (NEUD) initiative.

Under the arrangement, key CAMA members agreed to provide their annual Canadian appliance shipment data, by model, for the six major household appliance categories – refrigerators, freezers, electric ranges, dishwashers, clothes washers and electric clothes dryers. These manufacturers represent a large part of the Canadian market for the six appliance groups.

Each model’s shipments, provided by CAMA, were matched to their associated unit energy consumption ratings found in the EnerGuide Appliance Directory database. The annual shipment-weighted unit energy consumption was then calculated for each appliance category. This report details the results of the analysis on the estimated shipment-weighted average unit energy consumption, in kilowatt hours per year, of the six major household appliance categories shipped in Canada between 1990 and 2003. It also provides data on the annual distribution of shipments by unit-energy consumption range for the six types of appliances during the same period.

This is the fourth in the series of such reports¹ published every two years by the OEE. Readers may observe slight differences between this report and the previous reports. The differences are due to updates, changes in the number of data contributors and new appliance categories. For the first report, there were only four data contributors; for the second report, there were six; for the third report, there were nine. For this report, there are eight data contributors. The OEE plans to publish updated reports at regular intervals. To further improve the quality and representation of new appliance energy efficiency data in Canada, the OEE is exploring options to improve the coverage of the Canadian market through ongoing discussions with CAMA and other appliance manufacturers.

The OEE would like to thank the participating manufacturers and CAMA for their co-operation in this project.


Diane Lindia
Demand Policy and Analysis Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0E4
Tel.: (613) 995-9195
Fax: (613) 947-0535

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¹ The first report was based on 1990-1997 data; the second report, 1990-1999 data; the third report, 1990-2001 data.