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Clothes washers (and household-style commercial)

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Technical requirements

Regulatory definition
Standard or compact electrically-operated clothes washer that does not require mechanical fastening to a floor or wall, is top or front-loaded and has an internal control system that regulates the water temperature without the need for user intervention after the initiation of machine operation.

Test standard
CAN/CSA-C360-03

Compliance date
January 1, 2007
Regulated since May 1, 1995

EnerGuide label
Required only on household clothes washers
Voluntary on household-style commercial clothes washers

EnerGuide directory: available
List of models available

Energy efficiency standard
Product class Minimum MEF (L/kWh/cycle)
  January 1, 2007
Vertical-axis compact (less than 45-L capacity) 18.40
Vertical-axis standard (45-L or greater capacity) 35.68
Horizontal-axis* 35.68
Suds-saving* N/A
MEF = modified energy factor.
L/kWh/cycle = litres per kilowatt hour per cycle.
*These product classes shall be equipped with an unheated rinse-water option.

Requirements for the energy efficiency report prior to import, as listed in Schedule IV of the Regulations

  • type of product (clothes washer)
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the organization or province that carried out the clothes washer verification and authorized the verification mark that will be affixed to the clothes washer
  • modified energy factor in L/kWh/cycle
  • annual energy consumption in kWh per year (based on 392 cycles per year)
  • test group size category: compact or standard
  • volume of clothes basket in litres
  • water consumption factor in litres per cycle per litre
  • maximum wash temperature available: less than or equal to 57.2°C or greater than 57.2°C
  • wash-rinse temperature selections featured as listed in Table 5 of CAN/CSA-C360-03
  • water-fill control systems featured: manual or adaptive
  • rotational axis of the product's clothes basket: horizontal or vertical
  • card-operated, coin-operated or features another method for payment