Canadians rely heavily on major household appliances
Appliances account for 14 percent of the energy consumed in the average Canadian home.
Residential energy use in Canada by activity, 2010
Residential energy use in Canada by activity
A pie chart representing energy consumed in the average Canadian home is divided into five sections: space heating, 63%; water heating, 17%; appliances, 14%; lighting, 4%; and space cooling, 2%.
Consumers enjoy greater efficiency and more choices
We want quality appliances that use less energy, save us money and reduce our impact on the environment. Manufacturers have responded to this demand by making major improvements in energy efficiency.
A full set of appliances—refrigerator, freezer, stove, dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer—purchased in 2010 uses about 2800 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That’s half the energy of a set purchased in 1990.
Canadians also own more appliances than we once did. For example, we are much more likely to own a dishwasher today than 20 years ago.1
1Energy Use Data Handbook, 1990 to 2010, Natural Resources Canada.
Savvy shoppers check the “second price tag”
An appliance’s first price tag—the sticker price—is obvious. Smart consumers also calculate the “second price tag”: the cost of operating the appliance over its lifetime.
Some energy-efficient appliances cost more initially, but will save money over time by greatly reducing annual energy costs. Saving just 50 kWh a year is enough to run your dishwasher 35 times; 100 kWh is enough to do four loads of laundry every week for a year!
Use the menu at left to find more details on specific types of products.
Go to our searchable product list to compare different models sold in Canada.
Tools you can use
Natural Resources Canada promotes energy-efficient appliances with three tools:
- Energy Efficiency Regulations, which set minimum energy performance standards
- the EnerGuide label, which shows how much energy a specific model uses
- the ENERGY STAR® symbol, which identifies high efficiency models
Each product profile in the Appliances section describes how these tools apply to that product.
More information is available in these NRCan publications:
- Find a helpful overview of ENERGY STAR in Canada in the booklet Look for ENERGY STAR [PDF - 3.2 MB].
- Choosing and Using Appliances with EnerGuide [PDF - 934 KB] offers useful information and links to NRCan’s product database to help you choose the best product model for you.
- Consult the handy pamphlet How can energy-efficient appliances save you money? [PDF - 1.1 MB]
- For a quick one-page summary, view the Major Appliances [PDF - 482 KB] fact sheet.
The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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