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Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, Summary Report – Trends for 1990–2007

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Foreword

The Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, Summary Report, Trends for 1990–2007 outlines changes in the energy use and distribution of the six major household appliances – refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, electric ranges, clothes washers and electric clothes dryers – from 1990 to 2007. Data are collected by Electro-Federation Canada through the co-operation of the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association.

The energy efficiency of major household appliances on the market improved significantly between 1990 and 2007. Largely responsible for the improvement were

  • the significant research and development activities carried out by appliance manufacturers¹
  • three initiatives authorized under Canada’s 1992 Energy Efficiency Act:
    • the minimum energy performance (MEPS) standards contained in Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations²
    • the EnerGuide for Equipment program
    • the ENERGY STAR® Initiative in Canada³
  • an increase in consumer awareness
  • various incentives and rebates offered by the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments and utilities

¹ For more information on the role of the members of the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association, refer to Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, Trends for 1990-2006 (Ottawa: 2009), p. 10. Available at oee.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/statistics/cama08/role.cfm.

² For more information on the MEPS and the Energy Efficiency Regulations, refer to Energy Consumption of Major Household Appliances Shipped in Canada, Trends for 1990-2006 (Ottawa: 2009), p. 6. Available at oee.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/statistics/cama08/introduction.cfm.

³ For more information on the ENERGY STAR initiative, including qualifying criteria for major household appliances, visit energystar.gc.ca.

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