Bulk buying savings—ceiling fans

ENERGY STAR®—saving time, energy and money

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The ENERGY STAR Initiative makes green procurement easier in a number of ways. (See a full description at Making the business case.)

One of the most useful is the ENERGY STAR Simple Savings Calculator. This downloadable tool lets you compare as many as three ENERGY STAR certified models against a conventional model of the same product type.

As the example for ceiling fans in the table below illustrates, you can calculate:

  • energy savings
  • operating cost savings
  • simple payback on investment
  • greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions
  • annual and product lifetime savings

The add-on ENERGY STAR Summary Calculator allows you to figure comparisons for a number of different product types in one spreadsheet.

Note: These ENERGY STAR calculators generate estimates of energy, cost and emissions savings using base energy prices and other factors that are developed from Government of Canada data and energy rates posted by provincial and territorial utilities. National average energy costs are calculated and used as the calculators’ default settings. Users can localize the settings by selecting a province or territory, or inputting their own data. All values are updated regularly.

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Cost-savings example—200 medium speed, residential,
ceiling fans with light (10 year life)

Annual Lifetime Annual Lifetime
Energy consumption
23,652 236,520 54,860 548,595
Energy cost
$3,069 $20,590 $7,117 $47,758
Maintenance cost $0 $0 $0 $0
Total operating cost $3,069 $20,590 $7,117 $47,758
Incremental cost   $9,200    
Total life-cycle cost   $29,790   $47,758
Total energy savings
31,208 312,075    
Total energy and maintenance cost savings $4,049 $27,168    
Emissions savings
(kg CO2)
4,993 49,932    
Payback period 2.3 years (based on incremental cost of $46 per ENERGY STAR certified unit)

Product specification summary

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.