An energy evaluation through the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) is the first step in smart home renovations. Join over one million homeowners in Canada who have already obtained an EnerGuide evaluation and rating.
The EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) offers you a standard measure of your home's energy performance. The rating allows you to compare the energy efficiency of comparable homes in your neighbourhood and across Canada.
Why should I have my house evaluated?
- Energy retrofits can reduce your home’s energy bills, operating costs and environmental impact, while increasing comfort, durability and resale values.
- An energy advisor certified by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) evaluates your home from the attic to the basement, including a test to measure air leakage.
- You receive a personalized report with professional energy efficiency recommendations of the best upgrades for your particular situation using the “house as a system” principle.
- You receive a rating label that indicates your home's current level of energy efficiency compared to similar homes and your potential rating after retrofitting.
- If selling your renovated home, you can promote your rating, as it is a standardized and objective measurement of energy efficiency according to the Government of Canada.
EnerGuide label for existing houses
You can preview a sample label similar to what you might receive after obtaining a pre-retrofit evaluation. You will also receive an updated label after a post-retrofit evaluation.
What do the numbers mean?
|House Characteristics||Typical ERS Rating|
|Older house not upgraded||0 to 50|
|Upgraded older house||51 to 65|
|Energy-efficient upgraded older house||66 to 74|
|New house built to building code standards without energy requirements||70 to 76|
|New house built to building code standards containing energy requirements||77 to 80|
|Energy efficient new house||81 to 85|
|High-performance, energy efficient new house||86 to 99|
|Net zero house||100|
Are there other EnerGuide resources?
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) offers information on EnerGuide labels for appliances, equipment and vehicles, as well as ERS – New Homes.
- ERS is a part of the application process for the former ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes grants and for a number of complimentary programs and incentives across Canada.
- NRCan provides resources for housing professionals such as energy advisors and contractors.
- NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency is also working with stakeholders to develop the next-generation of ERS.
Next: Steps to obtain a rating