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Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, Summary Report –
Trends for 1990–2009

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Since 1996, as part of the National Energy Use Database initiative, the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) has provided the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) with annual appliance shipment data for the six major household appliance categories: refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, electric ranges, clothes washers and electric clothes dryers.

To keep the data confidential, appliance manufacturers suggested that a third party receive and prepare the database in a format in which no one (other than the third party) could determine the shipment data for an individual model or manufacturer. NRCan retained the services of Electro-Federation Canada, chosen by CAMA, as the third party.

The data gathered for this summary report provide important information on various aspects of energy consumption related to new appliances in Canada. The data also enable NRCan to improve its ecoENERGY programs, which are designed to provide support for Canadians as they seek to achieve greater energy efficiency and further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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. Through CAMA’s considerable efforts, this year’s analysis includes additional freezer and compact refrigerator data received from its members. This reflects changes in the freezer marketplace and the provision of more comprehensive information on compact refrigerators.¹ The OEE would like to thank the participating manufacturers and CAMA for their co-operation in this project.

This summary report was prepared by Tami van Wyk of the Demand Policy and Analysis Division of the OEE. The project manager was Diane Friendly, while overall direction was provided by Andrew Kormylo.

For more information on programs and for the tools, financial incentives, free publications and other resources to help conserve energy and reduce GHG emissions, please visit NRCan’s OEE Web site at

For more information about this summary report, contact:

Demand Policy and Analysis Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 18th floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0E4

To obtain additional copies of this summary report or other reports published by the Demand Policy and Analysis Division of the OEE, please visit our Web site at

You may also contact:

Energy Publications
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
c/o St. Joseph Communications
Order Processing Unit
1165 Kenaston Street
PO Box 9809, Station T
Ottawa ON K1G 6S1
Tel.: 1-800-387-2000
Fax: 613-740-3114
TTY: 613-996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired)
In the National Capital Region, call 613-995-2943.

When ordering, quote the catalogue number and ISBN associated with each title.

¹ Further discussion of the effects of this additional freezer and compact refrigerator data is provided in Chapters 1 and 2 of this summary report.

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