Bulk buying savings—audio/video products

ENERGY STAR®—saving time, energy and money

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ENERGY STAR Canada 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 audio/video products 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—400 DVD players (7-year life)
Annual Lifetime Annual Lifetime
Energy consumption (kWh) 5,475 38,325 7,874 55,116
Energy cost
$737 $3,837 $1,060 $5,518
Maintenance cost $0 $0 $0 $0
Total operating cost $737 $3,837 $1060 $5,518
Incremental cost   $0    
Total life-cycle cost   $3,837   $5,518
Total energy savings (kWh) 2,399 16,791    
Total energy and
maintenance cost savings
$323 $1,681    
Emissions savings
(kg CO2 )
360 2,519    
Payback period 0 years (based on incremental cost of $0 per ENERGY STAR certified unit)

Product specification summary

Name of current specification

ENERGY STAR Program Requirements Product Specifications for Audio/Video – Eligibility Criteria Version 3.0

Effective date of current specification

May 1, 2013

Notes on future updates


Reminder: Always check the ENERGY STAR website to ensure you have the most current product specifications and other program information.

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.