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Reading the label—EnerGuide

Rating and comparing energy performance

The EnerGuide label is a valuable tool for consumers. It gives you key energy-related information about the product and allows you to compare the energy performance of a product among a range of similar models.

Depending on the product type, the label may take the form of a tag or a graphic in product literature.

Read the EnerGuide label carefully, using the following steps.

EnerGuide label for appliances

Example of an EnerGuide label for a refrigerator

There are four things displayed on the label

  1. Annual energy consumption of the model in kilowatt hours ( kWh)
  2. Energy consumption indicator, which positions the model compared with the most efficient and least efficient models in the same class
  3. Type and capacity of models that make up this class
  4. The model number
  1. Compare “apples to apples”
    Check the label for type and size information to be sure you are comparing models that truly are similar.
  2. Check the number
    For appliances, the number is a measure of consumption, not efficiency: the lower the number, the better.
    For heating and cooling equipment, the number is a measure of efficiency: the higher the number, the better.
  3. Use the scale
    The scale identifies, at a glance, the model’s energy performance compared to similar models.
    • For appliances, the further left the pointer is on the scale, the better.
    • For heating and cooling equipment, the further right, the better.

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