Autumn 2014 - ENERGY STAR Newsletter


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Message from NRCan

What does ENERGY STAR mean to you?

The hundreds of ENERGY STAR Participants across the country all have their own reasons for joining the ENERGY STAR initiative in Canada. What is your ENERGY STAR advantage?

Is it the fact that consumers “look for the star” when they shop? A 2012 survey showed that 88 percent of Canadians found ENERGY STAR to be the most useful tool in finding energy-efficient products, and a 2009 survey found that 7 in 10 Canadians choose ENERGY STAR products over non-qualified ones.

Maybe it’s the fact that ENERGY STAR is an internationally recognized brand. The program is delivered not only in Canada and the United States, but also in whole or in part in the European Union and eight other countries. In Canada and the U.S., more than 80 percent of people recognize the ENERGY STAR symbol.

ENERGY STAR Participant utilities tell us that the program is often the backbone of their residential energy efficiency programs.  Since consumers equate ENERGY STAR with energy efficiency, it makes sense for utilities to use ENERGY STAR qualification as the ready-made eligibility criteria for rebates or incentives. 

Our manufacturing Participants tell us that ENERGY STAR gives them a competitive advantage and helps differentiate their high-efficiency products from other models. Similarly, ENERGY STAR retailers tell us it makes it easier for them to help consumers who are looking to save money on product operation costs—the little blue star considerably narrows the range of product models they have to consider. 

In enrolling in the voluntary initiative, ENERGY STAR Participants also make a commitment to “walk the talk” by sharing the energy efficiency message throughout their organizations—with employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders. They buy ENERGY STAR qualified products themselves, and work to reduce their own energy consumption. To our ENERGY STAR family, it’s all about using energy responsibly.

What is YOUR reason for joining the program or “looking for the star”? I would love to hear from you!

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada

Energy efficiency news

Government of Canada announces 2014 ENERGY STAR award winners

2014 ENERGY STAR award winner symbol

Natural Resources Canada congratulates eight organizations on winning 2014 ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards for advancing energy efficiency, some of them double winners. The awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated excellence in helping Canadians make energy-efficient choices.

“ENERGY STAR is a leading example of a successful voluntary initiative between government and industry,” says Dianna Miller, Chief, ENERGY STAR in Canada. “The Government of Canada provides the tool—the respected and recognized ENERGY STAR symbol—and Canadian businesses, utilities and energy efficiency organizations put it to work for the benefit of Canadians.”

  • Manufacturer of the Year—Whirlpool Canada LP, in 2013, marketed 350 ENERGY STAR certified base appliance models, accounting for up to 80 percent of models in some appliance categories.
  • Manufacturer of the Year, Fenestration Products—Centennial Windows & Doors, the first maker of ENERGY STAR certified windows in Canada, tripled its number of certified models between 2012 and 2013.
  • Retailer of the Year—The Home Depot Canada partnered with its suppliers to grow its offering of ENERGY STAR certified products by almost 21 percent in 2013. Its offering of ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs grew by 37 percent.
  • Utility of the Year, Provincial—Hydro-Québec promoted ENERGY STAR qualified LED lighting,windows, household appliances and televisions with demonstrable impact on the availability and sales of these products in Quebec.
  • Utility of the Year, Regional—Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro published The Cookless Book which focuses on recipes that use minimal or zero energy to prepare, recommendations for ENERGY STAR certified appliances and energy-reducing tips.
  • Promotional Campaign of the Year—Hydro-Québec sent a strong message about the long life of LED bulbs by showing a young boy stretching for a ceiling light with the tagline: “When it’s time to change it, he’ll be big enough to do it.”
  • Advocate of the Year—The Ottawa Hospital joined forces with the Canadian Coalition for Green Healthcare to promote the ENERGY STAR Healthcare Energy Leadership Program (HELP) and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  • Promoter of the Year, ENERGY STAR Most Efficient—Vinyl Window Designs Ltd., through its own R&D department, offered nine window models that qualified for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient with nine more in development.
  • Sustained Excellence—Vinyl Window Designs Ltd., employing almost 400 people in six manufacturing facilities in Canada, is a leader in the introduction of new technologies and invests substantially in upgrading its products.
  • New Homes Builder of the Year—Midhaven Homes promoted ENERGY STAR in every aspect of its business, including rigorous training for construction and sales staff, and building 92 ENERGY STAR qualified homes in eight months.
  • New Homes Promotional Campaign of the Year—Midhaven Homes focused on the multi-media message that an ENERGY STAR qualified home is the best home and best value, providing a healthier living environment, with little conscious lifestyle change.
ENERGY STAR vertical banner

ENERGY STAR vertical banner

Promote ENERGY STAR with a banner!

Encourage your customers to ask you about your ENERGY STAR certified products with a large, vinyl banner—available for free from ENERGY STAR in Canada. Choose a horizontal (86 cm x 305 cm; or 34 x 120 in.) or vertical (99 cm x 218 cm; or 39 x 86 in.) style that can be hung indoors or outdoors. The banners are imprinted with the words “Ask us about ENERGY STAR”, the ENERGY STAR promotional symbol and Web site URL.

ENERGY STAR Participants, order your FREE ENERGY STAR banner today!

ENERGY STAR horizontal banner

ENERGY STAR horizontal banner

Training webinars for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for buildings

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess the energy and water consumption of your buildings. If you’re new to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and would like some introductory training, Natural Resources Canada will be offering the following training webinars:

To learn more about the Canadian adaptation of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, please visit our web site. If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact us at

Finding energy performance data for split system heat pumps or ACs

To locate ENERGY STAR certified split system heat pumps and air conditioners, you need to look in two places.

  • The American Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) tests and certifies the vast majority of models available in Canada and the United States. Their energy performance data is available through the Consortium of Energy Efficiency website.
  • Model information and energy performance data from other non-AHRI certification bodies are available on the ENERGY STAR website.

The new ENERGY STAR in Canada website makes it easy for you to find both databases.

  • Go to the Searchable product list on our website.
  • Scroll to the “Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment” section and find the entry for either ENERGY STAR certified split system heat pumps or air conditioners.
  • Click on CEE-AHRI directory and select the button for either split system heat pumps or split system air conditioners. Simply fill in the search template, or if you have an AHRI reference number you can quickly find a specific model or family of models.

Click on ENERGY STAR and go directly to the EPA’s list of models. You can narrow the search by checking off features such as type, brand and cooling capacity.

Lighting for Tomorrow: 2014 winners announced!

Lighting for Tomorrow is a design competition that challenges manufacturers to meet consumer expectations by constantly improving the design of their lighting products and technologies, while achieving new heights of energy efficiency.  As such, Lighting for Tomorrow has become an industry indicator of “what’s new”, and the 2014 competition reflected several key technology developments and market trends.

Lighting for tomorrow symbol

The contest has been instrumental in driving innovation in the advanced lighting area, and revealed this year that trends are towards more dimmability features for fixtures and lamps, better performing (and smaller) lamp products, and “smarter” products that integrate well with existing controls or can be controlled by a variety of communication devices.

The competition, launched in 2002, is organized by the American Lighting Association (ALA) the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

NRCan is proud to be one of over two dozen sponsors of the awards presented to 14 winners (out of 70 submissions) on September 16, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the ALA conference.  Complete details on the competition and winners, links to the press release, and photos and descriptions of winning products are available at

ENERGY STAR must meet regulatory requirements in Canada

Canada and the United States now share their certified product listings for ENERGY STAR. Products that appear on the list and are also subject to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations must still meet all the requirements described in the Regulations. Before a regulated product is imported into Canada or shipped between provinces it must:

  • meet minimum energy performance standards;
  • be tested to the test standard required by the Regulations and bear an energy efficiency verification mark authorized by a certification body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada;
  • be reported on an energy efficiency report which has been submitted to NRCan; and
  • import information about the product must be provided to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

ENERGY STAR certification does not negate these requirements. To find out if your ENERGY STAR product is a regulated product in Canada, contact NRCan’s energy efficiency compliance team.

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ENERGY STAR welcomes Supply Chain Management Association

Supply Chain Management Association symbol

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), the largest association of supply chain professionals in the country, has formally joined the ENERGY STAR initiative in Canada.

The SCMA will engage supply chain professionals through activities such as awareness campaigns, information sessions, training, case studies and tailored information materials.

With nearly 8,000 members working across the private and public sectors, SCMA is one of the principal sources of supply chain training, education and professional development in the country. SCMA grants Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation through its accreditation program.

For more information, visit the SCMA Web site.

Technical specifications: new or updates

Clothes dryers join ENERGY STAR products list!
Version 1.0 effective January 1, 2015

Clothes dryers are joining the list of ENERGY STAR certified products effective January 01, 2015. With early certification currently available, product brand owners may already have models certified to Version 1.0 of the technical specification. Many types of dryers are eligible: electric and gas, standard size and compact, ventless models, combination washer-dryers that use the same drum for both functions, and  pay-per-use models found in shared residential accommodations such as apartment buildings and seniors residences. For details, view the technical specification (PDF).

NB: It is important to note, especially for retailers, that consumers need to compare ‘like with like’ when it comes to the energy consumption of dryers. Confusion may arise because the same model will have two different kWh numbers—one for ENERGY STAR and one for EnerGuide—because different tests are used for ENERGY STAR certification and regulated minimum standards. So, make sure to compare ENERGY STAR data with ENERGY STAR data, and EnerGuide data with EnerGuide data.

Residential refrigerators and freezers, Version 5.0 effective September 15, 2014

ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 specification for residential refrigerators and freezers came into effect September 15, 2014. The specification requires certified models use at least 10 percent less energy than U.S. minimum efficiency standards set by regulations effective in 2014. (Canadian regulations are being brought into alignment with U.S. standards.) The revised specification also establishes the first set of optional “connected” criteria for refrigeration and freezers.

Note: A more rigorous test method is being used for ENERGY STAR certification and this will affect the posted data on energy performance in kWh/year. View the full specification.

ENERGY STAR publications

New fact sheet on light bulbs!

Light bulbs fact sheet image

Enlighten Yourself about Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs! PDF [PDF - 800 KB] offers a quick reference guide to the main types of light bulbs that are available to consumers--halogen, compact fluorescent and LED (light-emitting diode). The information also describes the various performance characteristics that consumers need to know to pick the right bulb for the job. As an ENERGY STAR Participant, please download and disseminate the fact sheet for your use.

See a complete list of ENERGY STAR and other efficiency-related publications on our Web site.

Contact us

Please consult the listing below should you wish to contact your Account Manager or need general information:

Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Philip Wang - 613-996-5104 or email Philip Wang

Commercial food service equipment
Lydia Aouani - 613-996-3768 or email Lydia Aouani

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm - 613-947-1219 or email Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Steve Hopwood - 613-995-6741 or email Steve Hopwood

Heating, cooling and ventilation; water heaters; gas utilities
Stéphane LeBlanc - 613-947-2319 or email Stéphane LeBlanc

Lighting; electric utilities
Isabelle Guimont - 613-996-5281 or email Isabelle Guimont

Office equipment; data centres
Patrick Roy - 613-943-0453 or email Patrick Roy

Public sector and institutions
Gisèle Maillet - 613-992-4535 or email Gisèle Maillet

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.