The results of your home evaluation will help you understand and improve the energy performance of your home. Most important is your home’s EnerGuide rating and the label, which you should affix to your home’s electrical panel.
Access your EnerGuide rating and recommended upgrades online
You can review your rating and recommended upgrades online, using your file number by visiting the EnerGuide Labeling Portal.
How to interpret your EnerGuide rating
The gigajoules-per-year EnerGuide scale
Learn more about your home’s energy through the “rating” (you will receive a rating of the homes’s energy consumption in gigajoules); Aim towards “zero” (the lower the number on the new EnerGuide scale, the better the energy performance of your home); Understand how you use “energy” (the label breaks down energy consumed by source); compare your home’s “performance” (the label shows how your homes’ performance compares to a benchmark home); find out where the most energy “consumed” (the label shows proportion of energy consumed by heating, cooling, ventilation, etc); and see your impact on the “environment” (the label shows your home’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions)
Learn how Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide makes homes more energy-efficient, more valuable, and more comfortable at nrcan.gc.ca/homes
If this label does not look familiar, you may have the previous version of the 0-100 scale EnerGuide rating. The EnerGuide program has changed its rating system to a new scale that measures energy efficiency in gigajoules (GJ) per year. The previous 0-100 scale is still in the process of being phased out in some of the provincial and territorial programs
The energy used in one of these activities:
Surf the web for 5,500 hours; vacuum your house for 230 hours; run a typical refrigerator for 30 weeks; toast 3,000 bagels; watch an entire national Hockey League Season – all 1,230 games; wash over 100 loads of laundry; The average Canadian household uses 100 gigajoules of energy per year.
Reading your EnerGuide evaluation results
Your EnerGuide rating label and homeowner information sheet show your home’s rating both as a number and as a point on the GJ-per-year scale. It includes
- information on how the rating is calculated
- a breakdown of your rated annual energy consumption
- details about your home’s building envelope and mechanical components
- tips for improving your home’s energy performance.
Your renovation upgrade report
If applicable, your EnerGuide evaluation will include a renovation upgrade report. This personalized energy action roadmap includes
- a breakdown of your energy usage
- before and after charts showing heat loss by building component
- a list of recommended upgrades and energy-saving results
- your EnerGuide home rating before and after recommended upgrades
- customized comments from your energy advisor
Standard operating conditions vs. household operating conditions
During your EnerGuide home evaluation, your energy advisor collects data on your specific household operating conditions to estimate your annual energy consumption and recommend upgrades.
Your EnerGuide rating applies to the house only. NRCan’s energy simulation software uses standard operating conditions – for thermostat temperatures, hot water consumption and number of occupants, among other factors – to compare your home to other homes in your region.
What does my EnerGuide rating mean for my utility bills?
You shouldn’t expect your home’s annual energy use, as reflected on your utility bills, to match your EnerGuide rating or the estimated household energy use reflected in your evaluation.
Your household will have normal fluctuations in energy use – EnerGuide’s energy simulation software doesn’t account for these. Changes in local weather patterns can also significantly affect your consumption and utility bills.
You may also have a pool, hot tub or other significant energy uses in your home that aren’t included in EnerGuide calculations. Your homeowner information sheet lists these under “House details” as atypical energy loads.