Commercial/industrial equipment

Improving energy efficiency improves the bottom line

The cost of energy is one of the costs of doing business. However, you can lower this operating cost significantly by improving energy efficiency at your facility.

In Canada, space heating (45 percent) and space cooling (5 percent) equipment account for half of the energy used in commercial and institutional operations. Auxiliary equipment, such as computers, is the second biggest user at 19 percent—and increasing year after year because of the need for new technologies.

Commercial/institutional energy use by end-use, 2010

Commercial/institutional energy use by end-use, 2010

Source: Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990-2010, Natural Resources Canada.

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Commercial/institutional energy use by end-use, 2010
A pie chart representing energy consumed used in commercial and institutional operations is divided into seven sections: space heating, 45%; auxiliary equipment, 19%; lighting, 12%; auxiliary motors 9%, water heating 9% space cooling 5% and street lighting, 1%.

Note: Auxiliary equipment includes stand-alone equipment powered directly from an electrical outlet, e.g. computers, desktop lamps and refrigerators, and equipment powered by natural gas, propane or other fuels, e.g. clothes dryers and cooking appliances.

Buy ENERGY STAR® for high efficiency

Energy Star logo

Look for the ENERGY STAR symbol. It identifies high efficiency products that meet stringent technical specifications. These products are typically in the top 15 to 30 percent of the market in energy performance.

See the list of ENERGY STAR certified products available in Canada.

Product profiles

Get more information about energy performance for a wide range of products that are ENERGY STAR certified or regulated by Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. The profiles include information on energy efficiency for that product, as well as buying and operating tips. See all profiles available at Product information.

You can also go directly to profiles for commercial versions of these products: air conditioningboilers; chillers; food service equipment; gas unit heaters; heat pumps; battery chargers; lighting; uninterruptible power supplies; water heaters.

To compare product models use our searchable product list.

Industrial equipment

Always consider energy efficiency, even when buying products that are neither regulated nor eligible for ENERGY STAR certification in Canada. Here are product profiles for some such equipment: arc welding; compressed air systems; dry-type transformers; electric motors; pumps.

More broadly, energy management involves not just energy-using products and equipment but your whole operation and facility.

Look at the Buildings section of our website for comprehensive information, publications and training workshops on energy efficiency in buildings, including subjects such as: energy management best practices, and energy benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Look at the Industry section of our website for information, reports, training workshops and networking opportunities in industrial facilities and processes. Learn about the Canadian Industry program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC).


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.