Getting to know more
There is a lot to consider when you are looking for energy-efficient products.
- What does the ENERGY STAR symbol on a product mean?
- How does a technology, like a heat pump, work?
- What are the pros and cons of different types of a product?
- Does fuel type, e.g., gas versus oil, make a difference?
- How much can an energy-efficient model save?
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Our publications can help answer your questions. Click on the categories below to find lists of currently available titles for that topic.
ENERGY STAR in Canada (fact sheet) HTML PDF [PDF - 559 KB]
The ENERGY STAR symbol identifies high efficiency products. Get a quick overview of the initiative, the benefits of participating, and how products qualify.
ENERGY STAR in Canada Annual Report 2015 PDF [PDF - 1.6 MB]
This most recent report features the importance of ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency to Canadians, the 10th anniversary of ENERGY STAR for New Homes, and the introduction of a social media category in the annual ENERGY STAR Awards.
ENERGY STAR in Canada Annual Report 2014 PDF [PDF - 2.06 MB]
This report welcomes a powerful new Participant in ENERGY STAR Canada, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), and details the first-year results of the Canadian adaptation of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager online benchmarking tool for energy performance in commercial and institutional buildings.
ENERGY STAR in Canada Annual Report 2013 PDF [PDF - 1.6 MB]
This report features alignment with the U.S. ENERGY STAR program and new research that 88 percent of Canadians surveyed say ENERGY STAR is the most useful tool they have to help them be energy-efficient.
ENERGY STAR in Canada Annual Report 2011-12 PDF [PDF - 2.5 MB]
This first ENERGY STAR Annual Report describes the success of the initiative since its introduction into Canada in 2002.
Look for ENERGY STAR HTML PDF [PDF - 3.2 MB]
This consumer booklet looks at the benefits of high-efficiency products for the home—appliances, lighting to heating and cooling, home entertainment and home office equipment, as well as windows and doors.
- ENERGY STAR Canada Brand Book HTML PDF [PDF - 12 KB]
The ENERGY STAR Canada Brand Book gives instructions on how the ENERGY STAR marks and name should be used in Canada. The Brand Book also presents examples of common mark uses and misuses, as well as how to report improper use of the mark to the Government of Canada.
- Guidelines for the labelling and promotion of ENERGY STAR certified fenestration products sold in Canada HTML PDF [PDF - 1.77 MB]
Manufacturers and dealers of windows, doors and skylights who participate in Canada’s ENERGY STAR Initiative must conform with the guidelines for labelling and promotion
EnerGuide Labelling Instructions and Labelling Scales for Appliances and Room Air Conditioners HTML
Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations require EnerGuide labels on appliances and room air conditioners. This guide provides detailed instructions on how to comply. Appliance manufacturers and manufacturers of room air must use these up-to-date labelling scales published by Natural Resources Canada to label their products. The scales are updated regularly.
Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations
Guide to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations HTML
This is Natural Resources Canada’s official guide to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. It provides general information on the Energy Efficiency Act and how the Regulations set minimum energy performance standards for a range of energy-using products, as well as specific descriptions and requirements for each regulated product. This guide is useful for a variety of audiences, including manufacturers and dealers, avid consumers and researchers.
- NRCan Reminder—Importing Regulated Energy-Using Products HTML
This handy one-page table lists products covered by Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations and the product data that must be provided as part of importing requirements.
Choosing and Using Appliances with EnerGuide HTML PDF [PDF - 934.28 KB]
This guide describes the EnerGuide label for appliances, indicates the cost of using an appliance for a year, provides energy-saving tips and helps consumers identify models that meet the high-efficiency performance levels of ENERGY STAR.
Major Appliances (fact sheet) PDF [PDF - 482 KB]
Major appliances are one of the biggest energy users in a typical Canadian home. This fact sheet explains why Canadians can look to the ENERGY STAR symbol to identify high-efficiency products.
Bring Energy Savings to Your Home Entertainment System PDF [PDF - 1.3 MB]
This consumer guide describes how home entertainment systems use energy, and how buying ENERGY STAR qualified models can save energy and money. It covers televisions, audio-visual equipment, set-top boxes, game consoles, computers and more.
Standby Power PDF [PDF 650 KB]
This pamphlet explains what standby power is and how to avoid it when using electronic equipment. “You just turned off your entertainment system. Or did you?”
ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures (fact sheet) HTML
This one-pager provides information on the advantages of buying ENERGY STAR certified fixtures, whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one.
Enlighten Yourself about Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs! PDF [PDF 800 KB]
This factsheet provides information on the various energy-efficient lighting options that are available to consumers. It will help consumers choose the correct light bulbs for their specific lighting needs.
Home Lighting Design Guide HTML PDF [PDF - 339 KB]
This pocket book is a handy resource for homeowners, builders and designers. It answers common lighting questions and incorporates proven design techniques with opportunities to improve energy efficiency throughout all areas of a typical home.
Learning about LEDs (fact sheet) HTML
One of the newer technologies on the market for general service lighting is the light-emitting diode (LED). This one-pager provides the reader with an explanation of LED technology and an examination of its advantages and limitations.
Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) (fact sheet) HTML PDF [PDF - 134 KB]
This one-pager presents the facts about the use of mercury in CFLs. It includes information on the disposal of used CFLs.
Lighting Reference Guide PDF
This lighting guide was developed to provide lighting technology information to people who are involved in purchasing, designing and implementing lighting systems. Whether you are looking to retrofit or design new installations, this guide will provide basic lighting technology information and help you choose energy-efficient solutions.
All About Gas Fireplaces HTML
This booklet explains what you should look for in a safe, energy-efficient gas fireplace as well as the problems that can be encountered with certain technologies. The information applies to both natural gas and propane fireplaces.
Heating with Electricity HTML PDF [PDF - 638 KB]
This booklet will help you in your decision-making process, whether you are installing an electrical heating system in a new home, replacing a system in an existing home, or simply considering upgrading your present system.
Heating with Gas PDF [PDF - 1.3 MB]
This booklet describes gas as a heating option, the types of heat distribution systems, how to get the most out of your heating system, how to use the EnerGuide rating for natural gas and propane furnaces, what to consider when purchasing a furnace and how to calculate your projected heating costs.
Heating with Oil PDF [PDF - 839 KB]
This booklet will help you in your decision-making process, whether you are installing a heating system in a new home, replacing a system in an existing home, or simply considering upgrading your present system.
Cooling and ventilating equipment
Air Conditioning Your Home HTML
Learn all there is to know about air-conditioning for your home to help you make appropriate choices. This booklet describes A/C equipment, different installations to choose from and maintenance.
Heating and Cooling With a Heat Pump HTML
Heat pumps are efficient heating and cooling systems that can reduce your energy costs. This booklet describes common types of heat pumps and discusses factors to consider when choosing, installing, operating and maintaining your heat pump.
Heat Recovery Ventilators PDF [PDF - 521 KB]
This booklet discusses the need for mechanical ventilation in homes. It also explains the components of an HRV system, how to operate and maintain the system, and how to solve operating problems.
Water Heater Guide PDF [PDF - 2.8 MB]
This guide can help you in two ways: to select the right type of water heater and to improve the performance and efficiency of your existing water heating system. These actions can save energy and money.
Windows, doors and skylights
Improving Window Energy Efficiency PDF [PDF - 576 KB]
This booklet, featuring detailed illustrations, explains how you can improve the energy efficiency and performance of the existing windows in your home with materials available at your local hardware or building supply store.
ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors and Skylights (fact sheet) PDF [PDF - 713 KB]
This two-pager offers a good overview of ENERGY STAR qualified fenestration products in Canada: how products qualify, how energy performance is measured, and the cost and environmental benefits.
- Labelling and Promotional Guidelines for ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors and Skylights PDF [PDF - 1.75 MB]
Manufacturers and dealers of windows, doors and skylights who participate in Canada’s ENERGY STAR Initiative must conform with the guidelines for labelling and promotion.
ENERGY STAR for Office Equipment HTML PDF [PDF - 697 KB]
This guide describes how to reduce the energy used by equipment such as computers, monitors and imaging devices in your workplace office and home office. It outlines a four-step process to run an energy-smart office.
Commercial food service equipment
ENERGY STAR Guide for Commercial Kitchens PDF [PDF 2.1 MB]
This guide will help owners and operators of food service equipment improve energy efficiency to achieve lower energy and water bills. It was written with the hospitality, institutional and retail sectors in mind.
Off-the-shelf commercial equipment
Canadian Motor Selection Tool (technical fact sheet) HTML
This two-pager introduces and describes CanMOST, Natural Resource Canada’s software to help analyze the costs and benefits of different industrial motors.
Compressed Air: Energy Efficiency Reference Guide HTML PDF [PDF - 4.6 MB]
This guide describes how to improve the energy efficiency of compressed air systems. It offers a mix of theory and practice and includes general case examples and a glossary.
Electric Motors: Energy Efficiency Reference Guide HTML PDF [PDF - 1.0 MB]
This guide provides an overview of the major types of electric motors available today, including advanced motor technologies, and their preferred applications.
Variable Frequency Drives: Energy Efficiency Reference Guide HTML PDF [PDF - 23.5 MB]
This guide offers an overview of electronic VFD technology to assist in the effective understanding, selection, application, and operation of this device.
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.