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ENERGY STAR® Product Labelling

The power of the the international ENERGY STAR symbol is its simplicity. If the ENERGY STAR symbol appears on a product, on its packaging or in its advertising or literature, you can rest assured that it is one of the top energy performers on the market.

That's because products must meet government-endorsed, high-efficiency technical specifications to qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol. Although requirements vary from one product to another, equipment must typically be 10 to 50 percent more efficient than a comparable conventional model to be eligible for the ENERGY STAR symbol. Some ENERGY STAR labelled products are up to 75 percent more efficient than others on the market.

What Does It Take to Be an ENERGY STAR Labelled Product?

Products that display the ENERGY STAR symbol have been tested according to prescribed procedures and have been found to meet or exceed higher energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.

  • ENERGY STAR labelled dishwashers are at least 25 percent more efficient than required by Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations.
  • ENERGY STAR labelled furnaces are at least 15 percent more efficient than required by the Regulations.
  • ENERGY STAR labelled TVs use up to 75 percent less energy in "standby mode" than conventional models. And VCRs offer energy savings of up to 70 percent in standby mode. (Standby mode means that consumer electronic products continue to use energy when turned off.)

What Does the ENERGY STAR Symbol Mean for Consumers?

Only manufacturers and retailers whose products meet the ENERGY STAR criteria can label their products with this symbol.

The ENERGY STAR initiative in Canada is expected to increase the demand for, and availability of, energy-efficient products for the home and office. That's good news for consumers, since choosing ENERGY STAR labelled products when replacing old equipment can cut household energy bills by about 30 percent.

For an energy-efficient major appliances, home heating and cooling equipment, office equipment or consumer electronics look for the following ENERGY STAR symbols:

Blue Energy Star Logo     Black Energy Start Logo
      ENERGY STAR Symbol.

Product Labeling using the EnerGuide label

Canada's 1992 Energy Efficiency Act is a key part of Canada's environmental action plan. Regulations have been developed under the Act to establish minimum energy efficiency standards for energy-consuming products, including major electrical appliances. The Energy Efficiency Regulations apply to products imported to Canada and traded between provinces/territories.

New major household appliances and room air conditioners must carry the Canadian EnerGuide label before they are first leased or sold at retail stores. Removing or tampering with the label is against the law.

A dealer (a person or an organization engaged in buying and selling) that imports major electrical appliances to Canada or ships them between provinces/territories must ensure that they are properly labelled.

The federal regulations specify

  • which products must be labelled
  • the reference standard that describes the procedures used to test each appliance
  • the minimum energy efficiency level that each appliance must meet
  • how products must be labelled

Third-Party Product Verification

All energy-consuming products imported to Canada or traded between provinces/territories must carry an energy efficiency verification mark from a recognized certification organization. To authorize such a mark, a certification body must first be accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and be recognized by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as an administrator of an energy performance verification program.

Manufacturers usually apply the verification mark, which can be a small label or an addition to the product's nameplate. However, after the product is ready for sale in Canada, dealers must make sure that the verification mark is on the product.

NRCan recognizes the following organizations as administrators of an energy performance verification program. These organizations are currently accredited by the SCC to certify electrical and electronic products, fuel-burning equipment, or gas-fired appliances and equipment:

  • CSA International
  • Underwriters Laboratory Inc.
  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
  • Intertek Testing Services Inc.
  • Intertek Testing Services Ltd.
  • OMNI-Test Laboratories Inc.


The ENERGY STAR name and the ENERGY STAR symbol are registered trademarks of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are used with permission.