ENERGY STAR®—saving time, energy and money
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 examples for commercial self-contained refrigerators and freezers in the tables below illustrate, 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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|ENERGY STAR||Non-ENERGY STAR|
|Energy consumption (kWh)||18 688||224,256||27,521||330,252|
|Total Operating cost||$2,758||$20,784||$4,061||$30,608|
|Total life-cycle cost||$25,484||$30,608|
|Total energy savings (kWh)||8,833||105,996|
|Total energy and maintenance cost savings||$1,304||$9,824|
|Payback period||3.6 years (based on incremental cost of $470 per ENERGY STAR certified unit)|
Product specification summary
Name of current
|ENERGY STAR Program Requirements Product Specification for Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers – Eligibility Criteria Version 3.0|
|Effective date of current specification||October 1, 2014|
|Notes on future updates||Drawer Cabinets: ENERGY STAR will monitor industry efforts to develop a test procedure to measure and compare the energy performance of refrigerated drawer cabinets. Based on the availability of an industry accepted test procedure and performance data, ENERGY STAR may consider adding this product category in future versions of this specification.
Laboratory Grade Refrigerators and Freezers: ENERGY STAR is currently working with manufacturers of laboratory grade refrigerators and freezers to develop separate requirements for equipment designed for and used in laboratory environments. Once these requirements are finalized, ENERGY STAR may amend this specification to include laboratory grade refrigerators and freezers.
ENERGY STAR Specification Version 4.0 is in development.
|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.
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