ENERGY STAR Symbol

Major Appliance Requirements

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Major Appliances




Clothes Washers

List of models: Clothes Washers

A note on model numbers:

An asterisk (*) at the end of a model number represents a variable feature such as colour, which does not affect energy consumption. For example, if models 1234AG and 1234BG have the same features and EnerGuide ratings, these models may be listed as 1234** or 1234*.

The number/pound sign (#) and the plus sign (+) appear in some model numbers as part of the manufacturer's code. The pound sign and plus sign have no significance in terms of a product's energy consumption rating.

Standard-size clothes washers must be at least 59 percent more efficient than the minimum federal energy performance standard in Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations to qualify for the ENERGY STAR mark. Standard-size clothes washers must have a modified energy factor ( MEF *) of at least 56.6 L/kWh/cycle (2.0 cu. ft./kWh/cycle) and a maximum water factor (WF) of 0.8 L/cycle per L of tub capacity (6.0 gal./cycle/cu. ft.) to be ENERGY STAR qualified.

ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers must have advanced design features that deliver cleaning performance while using less energy and 35 to 50 percent less water. The washer extracts more water from clothes during the spin cycle. This reduces the drying time, saves energy and wear and tear on your clothes.

  Current ENERGY STAR
specification as of
July 1, 2009
New ENERGY STAR specification as of January 1, 2011
MEF
L/kWh/cycle
ft³/kWh/cycle
≥ 50.97
≥ 1.8
≥ 56.6
≥ 2.0
WF
L/cycle/L
gal/cycle/ft3
≤ 1.0
≤ 7.5
≤ 0.8
≤ 6.0

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Technical specification for clothes washers for manufacturers

Combination Washer-Dryers

Effective July 8, 2010, new combination washer-dryers units no longer qualify to bear the ENERGY STAR symbol. Models that qualified prior to July 8, 2010 will remain on the listing until the end of December 2010. Previously only the washer component of a combination washer-dryer could be ENERGY STAR qualified. A new test procedure that will look at the efficiency of the washer and dryer components will be developed. In 2011, units that meet the new requirements will eligible to qualify for the symbol.

List of models: Combination Washer-Dryers

Dehumidifiers

List of models: Dehumidifiers

As of June 1, 2008, to qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol, standard-capacity dehumidifiers (i.e., that have a water removal capacity up to or equal 35.5 litres per day) must have an energy factor of at least 1.20, 1.40, 1.50, 1.60 and 1.80 based on water removal capacity. High-capacity dehumidifiers (i.e., that have a water removal capacity greater than 35.5 to 87.5 litres per day) must have an energy factor of 2.50 or higher. Normally, the higher the capacity of the dehumidifier, the more energy efficient it is. The following table may be used as a guide when selecting a standard-capacity dehumidifier for residential use.

If dehumidifier capacity is not measured in litres, remember that two pints are equivalent to approximately one litre.

Area to Be Dehumidified Humidity Conditions
(Moisture Accumulation in liters per day)
Sq. Meters Sq. Feet Damp Wet Very Wet
46 500 6 7 8
93 1000 8 9 11
139 1500 10 12 14
186 2000 12 15 18
232 2500 15 18 21
279 3000 18 22 24

Damp – Space feels damp and has a musty odour, especially in humid weather. Damp spots may appear on walls and floor.
Wet – Space feels and smells wet. Walls or floor sweat, or seepage is present
Very Wet – Walls sweat and floor is almost always wet.

Effective June 1, 2008

Water removal capacity Minimum Energy Factor
(litres/kWh)

(litres/day)

(pints/day)

Standard-Capacity Dehumidifiers

≤ 11.8

≤ 25

≥ 1.20

> 11.8 to ≤ 16.6

> 25 to ≤ 35

≥ 1.40

> 16.6 to ≤ 21.3

> 35 to ≤ 45

≥ 1.50

> 21.3 to ≤ 25.5

> 45 to ≤ 54

≥ 1.60

> 25.5 to < 35.5

> 54 to < 75

≥ 1.80

High-Capacity Dehumidifiers

≥35.5 to ≤ 87.5

≥75 to ≤ 185

≥ 2.50

Technical specification for dehumidifiers for manufacturers

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Dishwashers

List of models: Dishwashers

Standard dishwashers must exceed the minimum federal energy performance standard in Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations by at least 9 percent to qualify for the ENERGY STAR mark. Compact dishwasher must be at least 10 percent more efficient. Many ENERGY STAR dishwashers use "smart" sensors that adjust the wash cycle and the amount of water to match the load. They may also have an internal heater to boost the temperature of incoming water.

ENERGY STAR criteria for qualified dishwashers

As of August 11, 2009, to qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol, standard and compact dishwashers must meet the maximum total annual energy consumption (TAEC) and a maximum water factor (WF) is required. Requirements are as follows:

Type Maximum TAEC
(kWh/year)
Maximum WF
(L/cycle)
(gal/cycle)
Standard 324 21.96
(5.8)
Compacta 234 15.14
(4.0)

a Compact Dishwasher : A dishwasher that has a capacity less than eight place settings and six serving pieces

Technical specification for dishwashers for manufacturers

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Freezers

List of models: Freezers

ENERGY STAR qualified standard-size freezers must exceed minimum Government of Canada energy efficiency standards by at least 10 percent. Compact freezer models must exceed minimum Government of Canada energy efficiency standards by at least 20 percent.

Technical specification for freezers for manufacturers

Refrigerators

List of models: Refrigerators

Standard and compact refrigerators must be at least 20 percent more efficient than the minimum federal energy performance standard in Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations to qualify for the ENERGY STAR mark.

ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators typically have a more energy-efficient compressor and better insulation than conventional models. They may also have an "Energy Saver" switch that allows consumer to adjust how much energy the refrigerator use to keep food fresh.

Technical specification for refrigerators for manufacturers

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Room Air Cleaners

List of models: Room Air Cleaners (U.S.)

ENERGY STAR qualified room air cleaners are 40% more efficient than standard models. They use less energy to remove particles from indoor air, such as pollen or dust. Air cleaners with functions such as a clock or remote control must meet standby power requirements. Note that Natural Resources Canada does not endorse manufacturer claims of healthier indoor air from the use of this product.

Room Air Cleaner Criteria
Room air cleaner minimum performance requirement* ≥ 2.0 CADR/Watt (Dust)
Standby Power Requirement** ≤ 2 Watt(s)
UL Safety Requirements Models that emit ozone as a by-products of air cleaning must meet UL Standard 867 (ozone production must not exceed 50 ppb)

CADR: Clean Air Delivery Rate

*Note: CADR for Dust must be used when determining the energy efficiency (CADR/Watt) of the room air cleaner. Qualifying air cleaner models must produce a minimum 50 CADR for Dust.

**Note: Qualifying models that perform secondary consumer functions (e.g. clock, remote control) must meet the standby power requirement.

Technical specification for air cleaners for manufacturers

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Water Coolers

List of models: Water coolers (US)

Water coolers that dispense cold water or both cold and room-temperature water must have standby energy consumption of no more than 0.16 kWh/day (standby energy refers to the energy required to maintain the water at an appropriate dispensing temperature) to qualify for the ENERGY STAR mark. Water coolers that dispense both hot and cold water must have standby energy consumption of no more than 1.20 kWh/day.

Technical specification for water coolers for manufacturers

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