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

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Optional Labelling Practices

Based on recommendations received from industry stakeholders, Natural Resources Canada now permits several optional labelling practices, which are detailed in this section of the guide. These practices are not mandatory and can be implemented at the discretion of the dealer. No other additions to or deletions from the label are permitted.

Dual labelling

Dual labelling refers to the practice of attaching more than one energy efficiency label to a prescribed product. This has become an administrative and cost issue for manufacturers, since the same appliance models are often sold in several jurisdictions (i.e. Canada, the United States and Mexico).

A dual label may be a hang tag that has the Canadian EnerGuide label on one side and the U.S. EnergyGuide label on the other.

Dual labels must comply with the mandatory labelling requirements described in the previous section of this guide. In particular:

  • the EnerGuide label must be readily visible when the product is viewed from the front;

  • the EnerGuide label must not be obscured or covered by any other label or tag; and

  • the frame of the EnerGuide label must be the size specified in the Mandatory Labelling Requirements section. For hang tags, the paper on which the label is printed may be larger, but the frame of the EnerGuide label cannot exceed the size as outlined in the mandatory labelling requirements.

For information regarding the use of dual labelling in the United States, refer to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's labelling rule.

Bar codes

A bar code may be added to the EnerGuide label if the form and substance of the label are not altered. The following guidelines have been developed for bar codes:

  • The bar code must not be larger than 2.9 cm wide by 2.0 cm high (1.14 by 0.79 in.).

  • When printed inside the frame of the EnerGuide label, the bar code must be placed in the bottom-right corner. Font sizes for all text on the label must remain as specified in the Regulations, and the size of the label cannot be altered. However, the text may be moved up slightly to accommodate the bar code (see Optional example 1).

  • When printed outside the frame, the bar code must not exceed the size specified above and must be placed in the bottom-right corner immediately under the frame (see Optional example 2).

Internal part number

An internal part number may be added to the EnerGuide label provided the form and substance of the label are not altered. The internal part number must appear in the bottom-right corner of the label in a font size no larger than 10 points (see Optional examples 3 and 4).

Optional examples

Multiple model numbers

Dealers can print as many model numbers on the EnerGuide label as space allows, when the models fall into the same type and class of product and have the same energy consumption rating. Depending upon the product class, the number of model numbers for the same base model that can be printed on the label will vary from six to nine.

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