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ENERGY STAR® Qualified Electronics

The number of electronic products in the average home is rising considerably and steadily. With the increase in programmable options in our entertainment units, the energy use to run the timers and auto-programming options is often overlooked in the total energy use of the home. Collectively these products add significantly to the overall household maintenance cost. Energy efficient models are readily available and should be a requirement in your list of features when you are looking to buy new products.

Did you know that most home electronics continue to use energy even when they are turned off? In "standby mode", some Compact Audio products use over 10 watts of power. An ENERGY STAR qualified TV consumes only up to 1 watt of power on standby.

Consumer electronic products such as televisions and set top boxes are common in most Canadian households, where they can account for a significant portion of a home's energy consumption. Even when they are turned off, most of these devices continue to use energy to run clocks, maintain channel memory or store programmed commands (this is called "standby mode"). While some energy is needed to operate these features, much is simply wasted. To minimize standby energy consumption and costs, consumers need only to look for products that bear the ENERGY STAR symbol. ENERGY STAR qualified televisions, DVD and other audio products can consume up to 75 percent less electricity than conventional products when in this stand-by mode.

By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified electronics, you'll conserve energy, save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Cost-saving example 1: 42" LCD television

One conventional 42" LCD television, which is a commonly sold size and technology, was measured to consume 250 W in active mode. That translates into a $46 annual electricity bill¹, just in active mode (standby consumption not considered here).

A same 42" LCD television, ENERGY STAR qualified under the current version 4.1, would consume no more than 115 W. In other words, it would cost you no more than $21¹ to operate in active mode. Several ENERGY STAR qualified models actually consume much less (one currently consumes about 50 W). Check the current list of ENERGY STAR qualified televisions (U.S.) for more details.

Under the future version 5.1, effective September 30, 2011, an ENERGY STAR qualified 42" LCD television could consume no more than 100 W. Therefore, your ENERGY STAR qualified 42" LCD television purchased after September 30, 2011 would cost you no more than $15 per year to operate.¹

¹Using a national average of 10 cents per kWh and assuming an average of 5 hours of viewing per day. Check your utility bill to know exactly how much you pay for electricity. Most utilities charge other fees besides the kWh rate. Examples include, but are not limited to: delivery charges, regulatory charges, debt retirement charges.

Cost-saving example 2: A High Definition Cable Set Top Box, with Digital Video Recorder

One such model sold in Canada was measured to consume 284 kWh / year. That is a second price tag of $28 a year in electricity bills².

A similar model that is ENERGY STAR qualified would consume no more than 165 kWh / year, resulting in an electricity bill of $16 a year². Compared to this existing model, at equal functionalities, that would be at least $12 saved each year per box.

The trend is for households to have more and more boxes. The national average is now over 2 boxes per households. Obtaining an ENERGY STAR qualified box represents even more savings.

² The assumption is that the set top box is on 24 hours a day. In fact, when the user presses the standby button, it merely turns off the display light. The set top box itself is always on. Cost is estimated using a national average of 10 cents per kWh. Check your utility bill to know exactly how much you pay for electricity. Most utilities charge other fees besides the kWh rate. Examples include, but are not limited to: delivery charges, regulatory charges, debt retirement charges


Energy Star Logo

In Canada, the ENERGY STAR symbol can be used to promote the sale of qualifying models of the following types of consumer electronics: TVs, STB (set top boxes), Telephony, DVD players and audio products. The technical specifications are the same for Canada and the United States (with the exception of Battery charger systems which are not supported in Canada). Canada's ENERGY STAR initiative is expected to result in increased demand for, and availability of, ENERGY STAR labelled electronic products across Canada.

  Stand By Mode
(or Sleep mode)
On Mode
Telephony ≤ 1 W to 2.5 W depending on
product category
TVs ≤ 1 W Function of screen size and
definition (HD or not)
DVD and Audio
≤ 1 W Different allowances according
to functionalities

For additional information on the criteria for ENERGY STAR, view the full technical specifications.

Set top boxes are a special case. Not only does it have to be ENERGY STAR qualified by the manufacturer, but it is the responsibility of your television service provider to ensure that it remains ENERGY STAR qualified in your home.

Call your service provider now, and ask him to provide you with an ENERGY STAR qualified set top box!

For more information check the section about ENERGY STAR qualified set top boxes.

View the current list of ENERGY STAR qualified products models:

Note: A list of current ENERGY STAR qualified models is available by clicking on the links above, which connect to a shared product list on the U.S. ENERGY STAR Web site. Many of the products listed are available in Canada.

Products that are not supported in Canada

  • VCRs – discontinued as of November 1st, 2008
  • EPS (external power supplies) and end-use products with an EPS – discontinued as of December 31st, 2010

Availability of ENERGY STAR Labelled Electronics

List of manufacturers of ENERGY STAR qualified electronic products that have joined in Canada.

Please note that for manufacturers only, joining in Canada is not mandatory to become an ENERGY STAR manufacturer. However, such manufacturers must sign up with the ENERGY STAR program in the U.S.. Therefore, you will find above only the list of manufacturers that are simultaneously signed up in the U.S. and in Canada.

List of retailers that sell ENERGY STAR qualified electronic products in Canada.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Set top Boxes

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol is administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and is registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.