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Appliances for residential use

Buy an ENERGY STAR® certified appliance to save you money!

Did you know that household appliances, such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers and water coolers, account for up to 13.6% of the energy used in the average Canadian home?

Distribution of residential energy use in Canada 2016 by activity

*total is not equal to 100% due to rounding

Source: Distribution of residential energy use in Canada 2017,  Natural Resources Canada.

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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 61.6%; Water heating 19.3%; Appliances 13.6%; Lighting 3.6%; and Space cooling 1.9%.

When buying appliances, it’s important to remember the cost of energy to operate a product over its lifetime is just as important as its purchase price. See our energy cost calculator for new appliances.

Make the switch to an ENERGY STAR certified appliance to cut your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

ENERGY STAR certified appliances

Energy Star logo

The following ENERGY STAR certified products are available in Canada.
Click on each product to learn more.

Products that might be on your kitchen counter

Find certified products using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. (Note: you will be redirected to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website. Click “Canada” as your market).

Appliances that are regulated

Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations establish minimum performance standards for energy efficiency and help eliminate the least efficient products from the Canadian marketplace.

The following ENERGY STAR certified appliances are subject to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations: clothes dryers, clothes washers (washing machines), dishwashers, freezers, and refrigerators.

Integrated washer-dryers, miscellaneous refrigeration products such as coolers and wine chillers, cooking appliances including electric and gas ranges, microwave ovens, cooktops and ovens are regulated but are NOT eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

See more information about The Regulations that help eliminate the least efficient products from the Canadian market.

Helpful tips

  • Buy the right size. Larger models typically use more energy, so purchase one that is appropriately sized for your needs.
  • Keep your appliances clean. For example, empty the lint trap on your dyer to increase air flow and clean the coils on your fridge to maintain airflow.
  • Visit the individual product pages above for more helpful tips.
  • See our list of ENERGY STAR participating manufacturers and retailers.

Tools to find energy efficient appliances

  • The easiest way to identify an efficient appliance is to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol. All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to strict efficiency standards and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.
  • The “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” designation is offered each year to products that are “the best of the best” – the top energy performers in their class. Learn more about ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.
  • EnerGuide label
    Use the EnerGuide label on all major appliances to compare a model’s energy consumption to similar models. This is particularly useful when looking at residential products that are not eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, such as ranges, ovens and wine chillers. Learn more about EnerGuide labels.

Appliances for commercial use

Always consider energy efficiency, even when buying appliances for commercial use that are either regulated or eligible for ENERGY STAR certification in Canada. Pay-per-use clothes washers; Commercial food service equipment: cooking/warming equipment (coffee brewers, fryers, griddles, hot food holding cabinets, ovens and steam cookers), cooling/refrigeration equipment (refrigerators, freezers, ice machines and vending machines) and warewashing equipment (dishwashers, pre-rinse spray valves).

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.

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