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New ENERGY STAR® specifications for residential dishwashers

New ENERGY STAR specifications for standard and compact dishwashers come into effect on August 11, 2009 and July 1, 2011. These specifications ensure that only the top energy performers on the market are eligible to use the ENERGY STAR symbol.

The new specification will require standard and compact dishwashers to meet total annual energy consumption (TAEC) instead of an energy factor. TAEC takes into consideration annual energy use and stand-by energy. In addition, a maximum water factor will be specified.

Retailers must remove the ENERGY STAR symbol from ineligible models and cannot use the symbol at point of purchase or when advertising these models as of November 11, 2009 for the first change and as of October 1, 2011 for the second.

New ENERGY STAR® specifications for domestic water heaters

As of January 1, 2009, the ENERGY STAR Programs in Canada and the United States will be promoting a new specification for domestic water heating products. This newest addition addresses an important product category that was missing from the ENERGY STAR residential line-up.

Canada's specification will differ slightly from the US ENERGY STAR, in that it will:

  • Expand the nominal output range of tankless water heaters to a maximum of 250,000 btu/hr. The US Program has maintained the size of tankless units from 50,000 to 200,000 btu/hr.
  • Require a ’net solar energy contribution’ equivalent to or greater than 7.0 GJ/year for year-round solar water heating units. The certification of these units must be done through CSA International using the appropriate CSA energy performance standard.
  • in both Canada and the United States, the minimum energy factor for gas-fired storage tank water heaters will increase on September 1, 2010 from the introductory level of 0.62 to 0.67.
  • NRCan proposed that table-top units be excluded from the specification.

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New ENERGY STAR® Specification for Clothes Washers

New ENERGY STAR specifications for residential clothes washers and residential-style commercial clothes washers come into effect on July 1, 2009 and January 1, 2011. These specifications ensure that only the top energy performers on the market are eligible to use the ENERGY STAR symbol. The new specifications affect only standard-size washers with a tub size greater than 45 litres (1.6 cubic feet).

Typically, an ENERGY STAR product must be 10 to 50 percent more energy efficient than products that meet Canada's minimum standard to be allowed to display the ENERGY STAR symbol. The last ENERGY STAR specification for clothes washers came into effect in January 2007. Since then, manufacturers have increased the availability of more energy efficient models. To ensure that the ENERGY STAR symbol identifies only the top performers, specifications are changing.

Retailers must remove the ENERGY STAR symbol from ineligible models and cannot use the symbol at point of purchase or when advertising these models as of October 1, 2009 for the first change and as of April 1, 2011 for the second.

New ENERGY STAR® Specification for Residential Refrigerators
Effective April 28, 2008

The new ENERGY STAR specification for standard-size residential refrigerators comes into effect on April 28, 2008. This specification ensures that only the top energy performers on the market are eligible to use the ENERGY STAR symbol. The new specification affects only standard-size refrigerators that are 7.75 cubic feet (219.5 litres) or larger, and raises the ENERGY STAR level to 20 percent above the minimum federal standard.

Typically, an ENERGY STAR product must be 10 to 50 percent more energy efficient than products that meet the minimum standard to be allowed to display the ENERGY STAR symbol. The last ENERGY STAR specification for residential refrigerators and freezers came into effect in 2004. Manufacturers have increased the availability of more energy efficient refrigerators. Approximately half the refrigerators for sale in North America in 2007 met the 2004 specification. To ensure that the ENERGY STAR symbol identifies only the top performers, the specification is changing.

Retailers must remove the ENERGY STAR symbol from ineligible models and cannot use it at point of purchase or when advertising these models after July 28, 2008.

Residential Light Fixtures Now Part of ENERGY STAR in Canada

Residential light fixtures are included in the list of products that can qualify for ENERGY STAR in Canada. The ENERGY STAR symbol can be used by participating manufacturers and retailers to promote qualified residential lighting fixtures. Consumers who purchase these fixtures can expect to reduce their electricity consumption and costs by about 66 percent compared to a standard fixture.

Revision to the Current ENERGY STAR Specifications for Commercial Solid Door Refrigerators and Freezers

The process to examine and revise the ENERGY STAR specifications for commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers has formally begun. The current ENERGY STAR specification has been in place since September 2001 and to ensure that ENERGY STAR continues to represent the top performers in terms of energy efficiency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be revisiting the current ENERGY STAR specifications for solid door refrigerators and freezers to determine new performance levels. More information be found on the ENERGY STAR U.S. Web site.

ENERGY STAR® Awards: Government of Canada Recognizes Excellence in Energy Efficiency

The Government of Canada contributed to the celebration of Clean Air Day yesterday by awarding eight Canadian organizations with the 2008 ENERGY STAR® Market Transformation Awards for exceptional work in marketing energy-efficient products.

The annual ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards are part of a group of ecoENERGY Efficiency awards supported by the Government of Canada to celebrate best practices and innovation in energy efficiency in all sectors of the economy.

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New ENERGY STAR Criteria for Dishwashers and Clothes Washers in 2007

Dishwashers and clothes washers will have to meet more stringent criteria to qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol effective January 1, 2007.

Notice to appliance salespeople about new ENERGY STAR criteria for dishwashers and clothes washers   –   PDF

Notice to consumers and salespeople

Questions and answers about changes to the ENERGY STAR criteria for dishwashers and clothes washers