EnerGuide Labelling Instructions for Appliances and Room Air Conditioners - November 2005

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Mandatory Labelling Requirements

The requirements set out in this section of the guide are mandatory. Failure to comply with these requirements places dealers in violation of the Energy Efficiency Act and Energy Efficiency Regulations.

The appendices identify the EnerGuide labelling elements and specifications that must be followed when producing labels. Note the two label designs:

  • one for major electrical household appliances
  • one for room air conditioners

The following information applies to producing and placing the EnerGuide labels for appliances and room air conditioners.

Physical characteristics of the EnerGuide label

Colour and size of paper

The label must be printed in black ink on white paper. The EnerGuide label must be 13.49 cm wide by 14.76 cm long (5 5/16 by 5 13/16 in.). The paper on which the label is printed may be larger, but the frame of the label cannot exceed the above size.

EnerGuide labels

Canada wordmark

As a result of regulatory amendments that came into effect on December 31, 1998, the Canada wordmark (see example below) must appear on all EnerGuide labels for household appliances and room air conditioners.

Canada wordmark

The use of the Canada wordmark formally identifies the label as a requirement of the Government of Canada and thus increases the credibility of the EnerGuide rating and its impact on consumers. It also avoids confusion with the U.S. EnergyGuide label, which may appear side-by-side or back-to-back with the Canadian EnerGuide label as described in the Optional Labelling Practices section.

EnerGuide logo

Compliance Alert – The EnerGuide logo on the EnerGuide label is a registered trademark of the Government of Canada and cannot be reproduced without permission.

EnerGuide logo

Labelling scales and ranges of comparability

Labelling scales for appliances and room air conditioners are reviewed and issued each year. Labelling scales for major appliances are issued in November for use in January. Labelling scales for room air conditioners are issued in the fall for use on models manufactured for the following cooling season. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) annually asks dealers/manufacturers to review and update their list of current models in NRCan's database of compliant products in order to create annual labelling scales.

Compliance Alert – An energy efficiency report for each model must be submitted to NRCan prior to import or shipment between provinces and territories.

Paper stock and adhesive qualities

EnerGuide labels may take the form of adhesive tags, flap tags or hang tags:

  • Adhesive tags – The paper stock for an adhesive tag must weigh at least 26.31 kg (58 lb.) per 500 sheets measuring 63.5 by 96.52 cm (25 by 38 in.). Use at least two strips of adhesive, with each strip located no more than 0.635 cm (0.25 in.) from the opposite edges of the label. Although there is no specific formula for the adhesive, the adhesion capacity must prevent dislodgement of the tag under normal handling conditions yet render the tag easily removable by the consumer without using any tool or liquid other than water.
  • Flap tags – The paper stock for a flap tag must weigh at least 26.31 kg (58 lb.) per 500 sheets measuring 63.5 by 96.52 cm (25 by 38 in.). Use one strip of adhesive located no more than 0.635 cm (0.25 in.) from the top edge of the label. The adhesion capacity must prevent dislodgement of the tag under normal handling conditions yet render the tag easily removable by the consumer without using any tool or liquid other than water.
  • Hang tags – The paper stock for a hang tag must weigh at least 49.9 kg (110 lb.) per 500 sheets measuring 64.77 by 77.47 cm (25.5 by 30.5 in.). The material used to suspend the tag must be strong enough that when gradual pressure is applied to the tag, the tag will tear before the material breaks. Hang tags must be attached such that the label hangs freely from the product.

Font types and sizes

Helvetica is the only typeface that can be used for printing additional product information on the EnerGuide label. See appendices A and B of this document for label elements and typeface specifications.

Placement of labels

An EnerGuide label must be clearly visible when consumers view the product from the front. As a rule, this means the label must be placed on the exterior front of the product.

Compliance Alert – Placing an EnerGuide label inside a product's "instructions bag" does not comply with the Regulations.

However, the following placements are also permitted:
  • Refrigerators or upright freezers – An adhesive tag or flap tag may be placed on the interior wall of a refrigerator or upright freezer if the tag is immediately visible to the consumer when the door is opened. The label must not be obscured by any other door, obstacle, tag or material.

    A hang tag may be used inside the product if the tag is suspended so that it immediately falls within the consumer's line of vision when the door is opened. The label must not be obscured by any other door, obstacle, tag or material.

Compliance Alert – Regardless of the type of tag used, the EnerGuide label cannot be placed on the interior side of the door of a refrigerator or upright chest freezer.

  • Top-loading clothes washers – A hang tag may be used inside the product if the tag immediately dangles in front of the consumer when the lid is opened. The label must not be obscured by any other tag or material.A hang tag may also be attached to the knobs of the machine.
  • Front-loading clothes washers – A hang tag may be used if it can be suspended from the dispenser drawer.
  • Chest freezers – A hang tag may be used inside the product if the tag immediately dangles in front of the consumer when the lid is opened. The label must not be obscured by any other tag or material.
  • Ranges – A hang tag may be used if it is attached to the knobs or handle of the appliance.
  • Ovens – A hang tag may be used inside the product if the tag is immediately visible to the consumer when the door is opened. The label must not be obscured by any other tag or material.

Compliance Alert – Placing the label in the warming drawer does not comply with the Regulations.

  • Dishwashers – A hang tag or flap tag may be used inside the product if the tag dangles in the front middle section of the interior space and is immediately visible to the consumer when the door is opened. The label must not be obscured by any other tag or material.A hang tag may also be attached to the knobs of the machine.
  • Room air conditioners – A hang tag may be attached to the controls at the front of the machine or to the grille. Adhesive tags or flap tags are to be placed on a flat surface but not on the grille itself.

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