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What Is ENERGY STAR®?

Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) promotes the international ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada and monitors its use. Major manufacturers and retailers of energy-efficient products, utilities and energy retailers, and interest groups from Australia to Europe recognized the benefits of ENERGY STAR to consumers and have joined in promoting the symbol.

ENERGY STAR is the international symbol of premium energy efficiency. Products that display the ENERGY STAR symbol have been tested according to prescribed procedures and have been found to meet or exceed higher energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.


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Participation in Canada's ENERGY STAR High-Efficiency Initiative

The ENERGY STAR symbol already appears on many products sold in Canada, including major household appliances, consumer electronics, computers and other types of office equipment and heating and cooling systems. Many Canadian consumers are familiar with the ENERGY STAR symbol, having seen it on numerous products, their packaging, in product literature and advertising. To enrol as an ENERGY STAR Participant, companies must demonstrate that at least one of their products meets ENERGY STAR's strict technical specifications.

There are many advantages to registering with the program, including the potential to gain a marketing edge over the competition. The ENERGY STAR high-efficiency initiative in Canada also aims to engage other participants, such as provincial/territorial and municipal governments, utilities, distributors, retailers, procurement officials and interest groups. Working together, these diverse stakeholders can help Canadian businesses and consumers save money and contribute to Canada's climate change objectives through increased energy efficiency.

NRCan's OEE administers ENERGY STAR in Canada. In addition to enrolling participants in the program (if they are not already enrolled in the United States), the OEE promotes and monitors the use of the ENERGY STAR symbol across Canada.

How to join

ENERGY STAR Qualified Product Categories

In Canada, ENERGY STAR includes the following product categories (others will be added over time):

Major appliances

  • refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, water coolers, dehumidifiers

Residential heating and cooling equipment

  • gas, propane or oil furnaces, oil or gas boilers, air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, central air-conditioners, room air conditioners, ventilating fans, ceiling fans;

Office equipment

  • Computers (desktop), laptops, displays (monitors), external power supplies, end-use products with an ENERGY STAR qualified adapter, imaging equipment (digital duplicators, fax machines, copiers, scanners, mailing machines, multi-function devices, printers, and all-in-ones), computer servers;

Consumer electronics

  • Televisions, audio and video equipment, digital-to-analog converter boxes, external power supplies, end-use products with an ENERGY STAR qualified adapter, set-top boxes, cable, satellite and Internet Protocol television service providers and telephony (answering machines, cordless telephones);

Lighting products

  • Compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, luminaires, ceiling fans with lights and decorative light strings

Commercial products

  • commercial cooking equipment, commercial dishwashers, commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers;

Windows and doors

  • Windows, sliding glass doors, skylights and entry doors, sidelights and transoms

New homes

  • ENERGY STAR for New Homes

Qualifying for the ENERGY STAR Symbol

To qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol, products must meet technical specifications designed to ensure that they are among the top energy performers on the market. Many of the products mentioned above are regulated under Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations and must exceed the minimum performance standards to qualify for ENERGY STAR. Products not covered by the Regulations must achieve similar premium levels of energy efficiency.

A short history of EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR.

 

The ENERGY STAR name and the ENERGY STAR symbol are registered trademarks of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are used with permission.