Summer 2015 - ENERGY STAR Newsletter


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Message from NRCan

ENERGY STAR, CEE and DSM—successful collaboration on energy efficiency

As I am sure most of you know, demand side management (DSM) programming is important to ENERGY STAR participants – particularly utilities.  DSM essentially pays energy users to reduce or shift energy consumption, for example, by changing behaviour or replacing old products with high-efficiency ones. Regulators, such as provinces and states, require utilities to pay for DSM capacity because it is typically cheaper and easier to procure than conventional power generation, and it helps them reach conservation targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

 CEE logo

As the U.S. and Canadian consortium of gas and electric efficiency program administrators, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) accelerates the development and availability of energy-efficient products and services, and encourages their market uptake via DSM programs.

Natural Resources Canada, along with several Canadian utilities that are ENERGY STAR Participants, is an active member of CEE; and one of the greatest benefits is learning how other utilities in Canada and the U.S. use ENERGY STAR in their DSM programming. 

The CEE Annual Industry Report, published since 2006, is a comprehensive survey of efficiency program administrators to document trends in the size and impact of the Energy Efficiency program industry. CEE collected, vetted, and analyzed data from 361 program administrators to create a consistent and accurate picture of program expenditures, budgets, and savings across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and seven provinces. 

The findings of the report are very revealing about how energy efficiency programs are funded, evaluated and managed across Canada and the U.S.  For example, Canadian gas and electric DSM program expenditures reached $842 million in 2013, a five percent increase over 2012.  This represents 0.05% of Canadian GDP, and two percent of value added by the Canadian utility industry.

What does this mean for Canadians?  Thanks to efficiency programs, many of which use ENERGY STAR as the consumer-facing portion of their residential and commercial DSM programs, consumers are saving money on their energy bills; and utilities and regulators are better able to optimize generation capacity which, in turn, saves consumers even more!

Are you interested in learning more about CEE?  I’d be happy to share our experiences. 

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada

Energy efficiency news

Updates & Reminders

  • We’re growing! There are now more than 70 product types eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Please use this number in your information materials.
  • Remember to use the term “ENERGY STAR certified” in product literature and other information materials.
  • We still have big ENERGY STAR banners available—for free! Contact us.

Congratulations to our 2015 ENERGY STAR award winners!

 Photo of The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, recently announced the winners of the 2015 ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards, recognizing 13 Canadian enterprises for outstanding leadership in promoting energy efficiency.

“The awards shine a light on the hard work that all Participants engage in to make the ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada a tangible success,” says Dianna Miller, Chief, ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada. “Like ENERGY STAR, the award winners are the best of the best.”

Award winners have demonstrated particular excellence in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient products and technologies available on the market, and promoting awareness and uptake of options that will save energy, lower utility bills and reduce impacts on the environment.


2015 ENERGY STAR winners

  • Manufacturer of the Year—Appliances: Whirlpool Canada LP
  • Manufacturer of the Year—Electronics: Samsung Electronics Canada
  • Manufacturer of the Year—Lighting: Globe Electric
  • Manufacturer of the Year—Windows and Doors: All Weather Windows Ltd.
  • Retailer of the Year: The Home Depot Canada
  • Utility of the Year—Provincial: Hydro-Québec
  • Utility of the Year—Regional: PowerStream Inc.
  • Promotional Campaign of the Year: Manitoba Hydro
  • Advocate of the Year: Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Promoter of the Year—ENERGY STAR Most Efficient: Vinyl Window Designs Ltd.
  • Recruit of the YearSupply Chain Management Association
  • Sustained Excellence: Canadian Tire Corporation

2015 ENERGY STAR winners for new homes

  • New Homes Builder of the Year: Arista Homes Limited

Be a winner! Look ahead to the 2016 call for award submissions.

ENERGY STAR Social Media Award announced!

  Image of a  variety of social media logos

We are launching a brand new award category for the 2016 ENERGY STAR Awards: The Social Media Promotion Award. The criteria will focus on reach and frequency of ENERGY STAR messaging – in general and/or about certified products. Social media plays an ever-increasing role in our lives and our businesses, and consequently, in promotional activities. And we’d like to reward one of you for your efforts in attracting consumers’ attention to ENERGY STAR certified products and their benefits via social media.

We look forward to reading about ENERGY STAR on your social media platforms!


Survey says: energy efficiency ‘must have’ for Canadian homebuyers

 Canadian House Builders' Association logo

Results of the first Home Buyer Preference Survey by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) were released this month, delivering insights into buyers’ “must haves” when it comes to features of a new home. 

Over 1,500 home buyers answered approximately 200 questions about home and community features, amenities, energy efficiency, construction methods and materials. 

Home buyers were asked to rank numerous features according to whether they were “must have”, “really want”, “nice if affordable”, or “not important”; and one of the most striking findings is that no respondent would compromise on energy efficiency.

Of the top 10 “must have” features, energy efficiency held three spots:

  • 2nd—energy-efficient appliances
  • 3rd—overall energy-efficient home
  • 4th—high-efficiency windows

The survey shows that the ENERGY STAR Initiative is aligned with Canadians’ preferences: appliances, windows and new homes are all eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

Visit CHBA’s website to learn more about the Home Buyer Preference Survey.

ENERGY STAR earns gold for green claims

 Cover of Green Claim report

Lots of companies make green claims for their products, but can you trust them? To answer that critical question, UL Environment polled 1,017 consumers in Canada and the United States about green product claims and measured the effects on purchase intent and brand perception. The survey covered four different product categories—electronics, home improvement, personal care and cleaning products. 

In electronics, the report states ENERGY STAR "is becoming a baseline expectation for products in this category, ranking number one in terms of influence on purchase decision, positive impact on brand perception, and willingness to pay a 10% premium.”

Consumers trust certification labels above all; and among labels they trust and value the ENERGY STAR symbol most.  Stringent product requirements, third party certification and dedication from ENERGY STAR brand owners, manufacturers and retailers like you keep ENERGY STAR shining!

More proof that the ENERGY STAR brand works is a good reason to carry on.  Make sure to certify your products and feature the ENERGY STAR symbol on your products—and in your stores!

See the full report at Under the Lens: Claiming Green on the UL website.

About UL Environment

UL is a global independent safety science company dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments. UL Environment offers services such as product testing, certification and environmental claim validations. Check out its free online UL Sustainable Product Guide.

VIG—new window technology promises big efficiency gains

A promising new technology called Vacuum Insulating Glazing or VIG has the potential to more than double the energy efficiency of a window or glazed door.

 Cutaway of ENERGY STAR certified window with ENERGY STAR symbol

Insulating Glazing (IG) is created when two or more panes of glass are cut to size, stacked together, separated by a spacer bar and hermetically sealed to make an IG unit. The unit is then placed in a window or door frame or sash to complete the product. Most IG units are currently filled with inert gases such as argon or krypton to make them more energy efficient by reducing the conduction of heat. But a VIG unit has no air or gas inside at all so there is very little heat conduction. Since a VIG unit is only about 7 mm in width it normally replaces one pane of glass in a typical IG unit.

VIG makes a window or glazed door much more efficient. For example, an ENERGY STAR certified window for the Canadian north (Zone 3) is about an R5 to R6. A similar window with VIG installed will have an R-factor between 11 and 13.

Unfortunately, the biggest VIG unit that can currently be made is around four square metres which is too small for most picture windows. This is expected to increase over the next few years as the manufacturing technology is perfected. In addition, VIG makes a window or door product more expensive to buy at present but the price will likely decrease in the near future as more and more are being produced.

VIG’s first market is for net zero homes. These are homes that gain as much energy as they consume annually. Windows are important because they allow free heat energy from the sun to come inside. A VIG window will also have an increased R-factor to reduce heat loss as compared to the typical energy-efficient window made today.

Special feature

Connectivity challenge: turning wasted energy into energy savings

By Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
Electronics Account Manager, ENERGY STAR

Electronic networks have revolutionized how we do business, run our lives and interact with each other. Network connectivity lets facility operators manage building systems remotely, businesses respond to clients around the world instantly, utilities manage electrical supply, and consumers access messages, find map coordinates, or call up a favourite song.

Not surprisingly, networks and the equipment that use them are numerous and increasing—and all of these devices consume energy even when they are not performing their primary function, so-called “standby power.”  While the amount of electricity each device uses can be quite small, the growing proliferation of connected products means drops of wasted electricity are combining into a tsunami.

 Photo Illustration of computer connection plugging into a bright glue globe of Earth

The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently reported that the 14 billion network-enabled devices on the planet in 2013, consumed 615 Terawatt hours (TWh/yr) of electricity, 400 TWh/yr of which was wasted. There are likely to be 50 billion connected devices globally by 2020 and, left unchecked, the potential energy waste/savings could reach 739 TWh/yr by 2025. This is more than the current total final electricity consumption of Canada, Denmark, Finland and Norway combined. Energy use could be reduced by 65 percent by ensuring these devices power down and remain in low-power modes as much as possible.

Translated to Canada, these projections indicate that network-connected devices would consume 30 TWh/yr by 2020, or about five percent of current national electricity consumption – equivalent to the annual energy consumption of a million Canadian homes.

A good deal of the proliferation is occurring in the residential sector. Where network connections were initially associated with computers and their accessories, many other residential products are now connected, including audio and video gaming products, thermostats and most household appliances, and even light bulbs. These products use networks to exchange information about themselves and their surroundings with other devices and to retrieve information such as software updates and third-party content from the Internet.

 Photo illustration of  a panel display of Samsung appliances

Even when a product is neither performing its primary function nor communicating over a network, it continues to draw power in order to remain accessible to the network. ENERGY STAR is meeting this challenge head-on, addressing connectivity in current specifications for a range of consumer electronics like game consoles, audio/video equipment, TVs and set-top (cable and telecom) boxes; office equipment such as computers, displays and imaging equipment; IT devices such as large and small network equipment; and network-ready appliances and climate controls.

In developing specifications, the ENERGY STAR program accommodates consumer desire for the convenience of connectivity-enabled features with the lowest power budget possible. Here are a few examples:

  • Connectivity can contribute to efficiency by powering products up and down as needed, rather than leaving them in full on-mode. ENERGY STAR recognizes that and provides allowances for efficient network capability in products such as TVs, computers, displays and other connected equipment.
  • Even small amounts of extra “sleep” or low-power mode can add up to large energy savings over time. ENERGY STAR rewards manufacturers whose devices maintain network connectivity in low-power state by providing allowances for Wake-on-LAN for Ethernet connectivity and an incentive for a protocol called Proxzzzying (EMA 393) which can save energy by leaving devices in sleep mode for longer periods.
  • Networks of connected devices can cut energy use by eliminating redundancy. Some homes with multiple TVs have full-service cable boxes connected to every television. ENERGY STAR recognizes service providers who, instead, provide a master box with low-consuming ‘thin clients’ that deliver as much or more entertainment quality and variety for significantly less overall energy.

Network connectivity is here to stay. Thanks to the efforts of ENERGY STAR Participants, it can deliver maximum performance with minimum energy consumption.

For a full report on the subject, access the 2014 IEA publication “More Data, Less Energy: Making network standby more efficient in billions of connected devices”

Participants at work

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World-class recognition for Globe Electric

Photo of LED light bulb in the packaging box


Globe Electric's winning LED light bulb was promoted in fall 2014 at Canadian Tire, Rona, Canac, Jean Coutu and Giant Tiger.

The ENERGY STAR team at Natural Resources Canada congratulates Globe Electric Company Inc. for its significant achievement in winning the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal 2015 for the North America region. Globe is being recognized for the most energy-efficient LED bulb that is a commercially available, general lighting service lamp with light output of at least 800 lumens and colour temperature between 2700-3000K.

This is the fourth year SEAD Global Efficiency Medals have been awarded for lighting products that demonstrate the greatest energy efficiency in each of four regions—Australia, Europe, India, and North America. The Global Efficiency Medal competition demonstrates the levels of efficiency that are possible today, and shines a spotlight on innovative new technologies that can further push the boundaries of efficiency and slash energy consumption.

 SEAD Global Efficiency Medal logo

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative is a voluntary collaboration among governments working to promote the manufacture, purchase, and use of energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and equipment worldwide.


Efficiency NS and ‘Dal’ partner on energy-efficient fridges


Efficiency Nova Scotia logo

Dalhousie University logo

Nothing succeeds like two ENERGY STAR Participants working together!

Efficiency Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University partnered on a fridge/freezer exchange program at all four campuses as part of their commitments to reduce energy use. Efficiency Nova Scotia provided rebates and no-cost removal and recycling services to switch out older energy-inefficient appliances. 

Dal’s Sustainability Office conducted an energy survey of all faculties, departments and offices to look for older refrigerators and freezers. The audit was used to create a business case for switching. At Dalhousie’s campuses, 505 fridges/mini-fridges and 140 freezers that were 10 years or older in labs, offices, and kitchen spaces were switched out with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR certified appliances. In many cases units were older than 20 years. Furthermore, to help reduce environmental impacts, Efficiency Nova Scotia provided removal, transportation, freon extraction and recycling service for the old units.

Total estimates annual savings:

  • 373,565 kWh
  • $40,617
  • 279 tonnes of CO2

As Rochelle Owen, Director, Sustainability Office, Dalhousie University puts it: “One of the great advantages of the switch is that it reduces electricity use 24 hours a day.” 

Technical specifications: new or updates

Consumer Electronics

Reminder . . .


ENERGY STAR specification Version 7.0 for televisions is officially effective September 30, 2015. However, manufacturers can no longer certify new models under Version 6.1. Effective since the revised deadline of June 15, 2015, Certification Bodies (CB) will accept only submittals Version 7.0.

See television specification Version 7.0.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Residential air-source heat pump and central air conditioner

ENERGY STAR specification Version 5.0 for residential air-source heat pumps and central air conditioners becomes effective September 15, 2015. The step up to a new version will distinguish highly efficient central ACs and air-source heat pumps that have the potential to save consumers hundreds of dollars a year. Version 5.0 will allow independent coil manufacturers (ICMs) to have combinations certified to earn the ENERGY STAR which will expand consumers’ choice of ENERGY STAR certified products.

See air-source heat pump and air conditioner specification Version 5.0.



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the final ENERGY STAR Luminaires Version 2.0 specification. Luminaires Version 2.0 will replace Version 1.2 on June 1, 2016.

The Luminaires Version 2.0 specification reflects the goals of the revision with simplified requirements, expanded flexibility for certifying products, and balanced new criteria for a wide variety of high quality, energy efficient, ENERGY STAR certified luminaires. This specification raises the bar for efficacy and performance, reduces testing burden while maintaining performance integrity, and establishes the first set of testing and baseline requirements for color tunable and connected luminaires.

Transition Timeline and Next Steps

EPA shares its partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification version to the next, such that consumer expectations are satisfied in terms of ENERGY STAR labeled products meeting the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Luminaires Version 2.0 requirements.
  • After December 1, 2015, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 1.2. Note, however, that models already certified to Version 1.0-Version 1.2 will maintain their certification status until June 1, 2016.

The specification, cover letter, and a document with considerations for recertification of existing products can be found at

Be a market leader—join ENERGY STAR!

Canadians say the ENERGY STAR symbol is the tool they use most when shopping for energy-efficient products. You can gain a market edge and be a leader in Canada’s energy efficiency movement by joining our voluntary industry-government partnership. It is easy and there is no fee.

ENERGY STAR resources

On our website, you can find a handy package of information sheets entitled “Retailers: how to sell ENERGY STAR.” Topics include:

  • the ENERGY STAR symbol and what it represents
  • the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation
  • how ENERGY STAR and EnerGuide work together
  • the ‘second price tag’
  • how to calculate energy savings
  • why choosing ENERGY STAR is good for the environment
  • basic terms you’ll need to know when selling ENERGY STAR certified products

See a complete list of ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency-related publications on our website.

Contact us

Please consult the listing below should you wish to contact your Account Manager or need general information:

Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Appliances; pool pumps
Philip Wang - 613-996-5104 or email Philip Wang

Commercial food service equipment
Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Electronics; electrical utilities—Ontario
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm - 613-947-1219 or email Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Steve Hopwood - 613-995-6741 or email Steve Hopwood

Heating, cooling and ventilation; water heaters; gas utilities
Stéphane LeBlanc - 613-947-2319 or email Stéphane LeBlanc

Lighting; electric utilities (except Ontario)
Isabelle Guimont - 613-996-5281 or email Isabelle Guimont

Office equipment; data centres
Patrick Roy - 613-943-0453 or email Patrick Roy

Public sector and institutions
Gisèle Maillet - 613-992-4535 or email Gisèle Maillet

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.