ENERGY STAR Participants - Residential Refrigerators, Freezers and Refrigerator-Freezers (Refrigerators)

February 18th, 2010

The purpose of this Notice is to update ENERGY STAR Participants on the requirements for residential refrigerators. This Notice follows and replaces a previous Notice issued in May 2009 on residential refrigerators with automatic ice-makers.

In order to display the ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada all refrigerators must meet the requirements of the ENERGY STAR technical specifications, including testing procedures, as subject to modifications and clarifications provided by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This Notice comes into effect March 5, 2010.

This Notice does not replace the September 2009 bulletin proposing amendments to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations for residential refrigerators.


ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labelling program designed to identify and promote high-efficiency products. In order to display the ENERGY STAR symbol, products must meet or exceed technical specifications designed to ensure that they are among the most energy efficient in the marketplace

The EPA is the registered owner of the ENERGY STAR name and logo in Canada, under the Canadian Trade-marks Act. In 2001, the Government of Canada entered into an administrative agreement with EPA and DOE to administer the ENERGY STAR Program in Canada. This agreement provides for a common set of energy-efficiency specifications. The integrated nature of the United States and Canadian ENERGY STAR initiatives provides for a coordinated approach for marketing and distribution of products in these countries.

Notice - Update

All ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators in Canada must:

  1. First comply with Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations;

  2. Conform with the levels and technical specifications of the ENERGY STAR criteria which includes testing to the 10 CFR Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix A-1 and B-1;

  3. Conform to any guidance on the test procedure including the DOE notice “Additional Guidance Regarding Application of Current Procedures for Testing Energy Consumption of Refrigerator-Freezers with Automatic Ice Makers”; issued December 18, 2009.

Please refer to the following links for additional information: /residential/pdfs/

For more information:

Renata Mortazavi, M.A.Sc.
Senior Standards Engineer
580 Booth Street, 18D1
Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0E4
Phone: (613) 992-5474
Mandace Montgomery
Senior Compliance Officer
1 Observatory Cres., Building#1
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4
Phone: (613) 992-3900