Additional ENERGY STAR Product Categories

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Commercial Products

Commercial Clothes Washers

Commercial clothes washers are built on a residential clothes washer frame with certain modifications to improve their durability. These coin/or card operated, soft-mount front-loading and top loading clothes washers with a tub not greater than 99.3L (3.5 4 ft³) for front-loading washers or not greater than 113 L (4 ft³) for top-loading washers, designated for use in applications where the occupants of more than one household will be using it, such as a multi-family housing common areas and coin-laundries, hotels, or in other commercial applications.

List of models: Commercial Clothes Washers

Commercial Cooking Equipment

Commercial kitchens are found in many facilities in addition to restaurants, including bars, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, and institutional cafeterias. Due to the existence of technologies that offer significant energy and/or water savings, advocacy groups and regulators alike have identified several commercial kitchen appliances that lend themselves to energy or water use standards. While there are currently no federal or provincial regulations on energy efficiency in commercial dishwashers, pre-rinse spray valves, or commercial cooking equipment in Canada, ENERGY STAR® prescribes voluntary energy efficiency standards for commercial fryers, commercial hot food holding cabinets, and commercial steam cookers.

Information on how to save energy using commercial cooking equipment.

Guide for purchasing and using ENERGY STAR qualified commercial fryers

Guide for purchasing and using ENERGY STAR qualified hot food holding cabinets

Guide for purchasing and using ENERGY STAR qualified steam cookers

Technical specifications for commercial fryers

Technical specifications for commercial hot food holding cabinets

Technical specifications for commercial steam cookers

Commercial Dishwashers

Commercial dishwashers, considered to be one of the largest energy consumers in the commercial kitchen, are a very complex appliance that can vary widely in size and shape. Classes of commercial dishwashers include under counter, stationary rack door type, rack conveyor machines and very large flight type (continuous conveyor) machines. Each of these product classes may employ single or multiple wash tanks, and use hot water (high-temp machines) or chemicals (low-temp machines) to achieve final rinse dish sanitization.

Commercial Griddles

With increases in electric and gas rates, more kitchen operators are becoming aware that griddles with higher energy efficiency also deliver higher cooking performance and capacity. Commercial griddles that have earned the ENERGY STAR mark are about 10 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

ENERGY STAR qualified griddles include thermostatically controlled, gas and electric, single- and double-sided models.

To earn the ENERGY STAR mark, griddles must meet minimum cooking energy efficiency, as well as a maximum idle energy rates. Cooking energy efficiency represents the amount of energy absorbed by the food product compared to the total energy used by the griddle during the cooking process. Idle energy rate represents the energy used by the griddle while it is maintaining or holding at a stabilized operating condition or temperature.

Griddles that earn the ENERGY STAR must meet a minimum cooking efficiency of 70 percent (electric) and 38 percent (gas) while also meeting maximum idle energy rates. For comparison, standard gas griddles on average have a 32 percent cooking energy efficiency and use 297 Btu/h/m² (3,200 Btu/h/ft² ) normalized idle energy rate, whereas ENERGY STAR qualified griddles must meet at least a 38 percent cooking energy efficiency and have a normalized idle energy rate of 242 Btu/h/m² (2,600 Btu/h/ft²).

Manually controlled griddles and fry-top ranges are not currently eligible.

Technical specifications for qualified commercial griddles

List of models: Commercial griddles (U.S) - ENERGY STAR

Commercial Ice Machines (Ice Makers)

An estimated 80 000 ice makers are in commercial use in Canada. The annual energy consumption is estimated at 3.3 million gigajoules – equivalent to the annual energy use of approximately 40 000 households. The estimation was based on an average ice production of 160 kg/day and an energy consumption of 706 kilojoules per kilogram of ice produced.

Automatic ice makers are a regulated product that has minimum performance requirements for cubers and flakers under Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations. As well, an ENERGY STAR specification became effective on January 1, 2008. The energy efficiency levels for ENERGY STAR qualification are about 10 percent more stringent than NRCan's proposed new levels.

Commercial Ovens

Commercial convection ovens are the most widely used appliances in the foodservice industry. These are the workhorses of the commercial kitchen, with a wide variety of uses from baking and roasting to warming and reheating. In addition to traditional uses, convection ovens are used for nearly all types of food preparation, including foods typically prepared using other types of appliances (e.g., griddles, fryers, etc.). Commercial ovens that have earned the ENERGY STAR mark are about 20 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

Electric - both full- and half-size, and gas convection ovens can earn the ENERGY STAR mark by meeting minimum cooking energy efficiency, as well as a maximum idle energy rates. Cooking energy efficiency represents the amount of energy absorbed by the food product compared to the total energy used by the oven during the cooking process. The idle energy rate represents the energy used by the oven while it is maintaining or holding at a stabilized operating condition or temperature.

Standard gas convection ovens have a 30 percent cooking energy efficiency and an idle energy rate of 18,000 Btu/h, whereas ENERGY STAR qualified gas convection ovens must meet the specification requirements of 44 percent cooking energy efficiency and idle energy rate of 13,000 Btu/h. Standard electric convection ovens have a 65 percent cooking energy efficiency and an idle energy rate of 2 kW; whereas ENERGY STAR qualified electric convection ovens must meet the specification requirements of 70 percent cooking energy efficiency and an idle energy rate of 1.6 kW.

Ovens designed for residential and laboratory applications are not eligible.

List of models: Ovens

Technical specifications for commercial ovens

Rebuilt Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

Note: ENERGY STAR in Canada performance levels only applicable to rebuilt units

As of January 2008, ENERGY STAR in Canada has discontinued the specification for new beverage vending machines because regulated minimum energy performance standards now match the ENERGY STAR performance levels. However the ENERGY STAR specification for rebuilt units will be maintained.

List of models: Commercial Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

Commercial Solid Door Refrigerators and Freezers

As of April 1, 2007, the list of ENERGY STAR qualified models in Canada will be drawn from third party verified models that figure on energy efficiency reports submitted to NRCan as required by the Regulations.

A Canadian list of models will follow based on ENERGY STAR reporting to Natural Resources Canada.

Other energy efficient products for commercial use