Winter 2017


ENERGY STAR® News/Nouvelles

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Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

Calling all ENERGY STAR Participants:

2017 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards are now open!

The start of a new year is a good time to take stock of your past achievements and plan for the future. At this time, we at NRCan, salute all our Participants for the contribution you make on a daily basis to reduce energy consumption and protect the environment through the little blue label we have all come to love.

ENERGY STAR Canada Participants deserve recognition for promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes in Canada. We are excited to announce the opening of our 2017 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards process. We invite all Participants to submit your applications.

See our winners from last year- 2016 Winners. Maybe your organization’s name will appear on our winners list this year!

To find out more, visit our Awards page. The deadline for submissions is March 3, 2017.

If you have questions about the Awards in general or about the application process, contact your NRCan ENERGY STAR account manager .

Dianna Miller

Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada 

ENERGY STAR 2017 awards call for submissions

Think your organization has what it takes?

Apply now!

Energy efficiency news

New Energy Efficiency Regulations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs for consumers

Improving the energy efficiency of household appliances and commercial equipment helps Canadians save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On December 28, 2016, Natural Resources Canada published an amendment to the Energy Efficiency Regulations that will increase energy performance standards for 20 products, from household appliances like refrigerators and clothes washers to commercial equipment such as ice makers and electric motors.

The amendment will save Canadians about $1.8 billion in energy costs by 2030 and result in the reduction of about 0.7 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in that year. This will also help to align Canada’s energy efficiency standards with those of the United States by 2020, as agreed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama in the March 2016 Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership.

Energy efficiency regulations are recognized as one of the most cost-effective tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and are used in almost 50 countries as a cornerstone of national climate change policies.

For more information, visit NRCan’s web page on Regulations and Standards.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017 now live!

ENERGY STAR symbol – Most efficient 2017 - Les plus éconergétiques

The ENERGY STAR program recognizes the highest performers in energy efficiency for recognized products with the designation ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for 2017.

As in 2016 and previous years, energy efficiency advocates throughout North America can raise the bar on energy efficiency by leveraging the product finding and information features of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017 that help consumers to find and purchase the “best of the best” among the recognized product categories.

2017 Product Categories and Recognition Criteria

The ENERGY STAR program in the U.S. and Canada recognizes criteria across the following 12 product categories:

  • boilers
  • ceiling fans
  • central air conditioners, heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps
  • clothes dryers
  • clothes washers
  • computer monitors
  • dishwashers
  • ductless split air conditioners and heat pumps
  • furnaces
  • refrigerator-freezers
  • ventilating fans
  • residential windows

ENERGY STAR Canada Participants can find links to details on individual product criteria on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient web page.

Bilingual symbols for Canadian Participants with recognized products are available on request from ENERGY STAR Canada.

Door prehangers and ENERGY STAR

Door prehangers are companies that assemble components supplied by large door manufacturers and decorative doorlite companies and sell the door system directly to their customers ready for installation. ENERGY STAR Canada classifies a door prehanger as manufacturer and is therefore required to be directly certified and listed by the certification body in order to be ENERGY STAR certified. A door prehanger cannot, for example, use its National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Schedule II status to apply to ENERGY STAR Canada and cannot claim ENERGY STAR status for its products even though its door manufacturer supplier may be listed on the NFRC website. 

Searching for ENERGY STAR related rebates and incentives in Canada?

If you are looking for ENERGY STAR related rebates and incentives in Canada, the resourceful ENERGY STAR team has an easy four step solution ready for you!

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  1. Visit our new searchable directory that inventories all ENERGY STAR rebates and incentives available in Canada. 
  2. Apply filters to identify programs that are relevant to you.
  3. Scan results and learn more about ENERGY STAR rebates and incentives available to your family or organization.  
  4. Save money on your ENERGY STAR purchase… and start saving energy! 

Come back often as information will be updated quarterly!

Heat wisely this winter

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In Canada, space heating represents about 63% of the energy used in the average home. An ENERGY STAR certified furnace offers the potential to help you reduce the amount of energy used to heat your home while enhancing your comfort. ENERGY STAR certified furnaces burn fuel efficiently and usually feature high-efficiency blower motors or fans that modify their speed accordingly and require minimal energy to circulate the heat to the house.

While an ENERGY STAR certified furnace in itself can help lower your energy bills, there are other measures you can take to reduce your heating energy consumption. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your furnace operates reliably and at peak performance:

  • schedule maintenance for your furnace with a licensed heating contractor to inspect your unit and to make sure it works as intended;
  • replace or clean your air filter regularly;
  • conduct routine chimney maintenance. All furnaces produce combustion gases that must be vented outside your home. Occasional inspection of your chimney is required.

Remember, you should always refer to the owner’s manual for maintenance information and operating instructions.

Did you know?

ENERGY STAR symbol – Most efficient 2017 - Les plus éconergétiques

Residential gas furnaces are eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation in 2017.

Eligible products must have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 97% or more in order to obtain the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition. Additional details are included in the recognition criteria documents found at ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.

Make the switch to ENERGY STAR certified heating equipment to cut your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Find certified products using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. (Note: you will be redirected to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website. Click “Canada” as your market).

Furnace certification requirements are detailed in the ENERGY STAR furnace specification.

New searchable product list for residential heat/energy-recovery ventilators

NRCan recently revamped the searchable product list for ENERGY STAR certified heat-recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy-recovery ventilators (ERV). The new features allow users to apply specific model and energy efficiency criteria to look for products. The users also have the ability to download a list of all ENERGY STAR certified HRV and ERV products in Canada.

Cutting edge presentations on solid state lighting now available

The U.S. Department of Energy has posted presentations made at the DOE Solid-State Lighting Technology Development Workshop, held November 16-17, 2016. The  presentations offer insights on subjects such as sky glow, glare, outdoor controls, tunable lighting, and connected lighting systems, plus they examine market trends and results of real-world case studies.

For example, presentations on connected or ‘smart’ lighting demonstrate how wirelessly controlled lighting networks can also include sensors and monitoring features that identify low traffic areas in warehouses or track assets such as wheelchairs or club cars and human foot traffic in airports, even allowing updates to be communicated through the lighting to signs and smart phones. Security concerns and evaluations of a range of smart lighting applications scoring compatibility, interoperability and interchangeability of technologies are also covered.

The effect of glare is thoroughly examined, including a presentation that offers a means of quantifying discomfort caused by light glare as opposed to disability caused by light glare, which has been more heavily studied and is better understood.

Add in presentations on spectral power distribution, tunable white lighting and outdoor lighting dimming and controls, and the array of presentations provides a rich and informative source of information on this rapidly evolving and often confusing topic.

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Significant savings through ENERGY STAR LED project

The Government of the Northwest Territories invested $450,000 in an LED project that will see about 11,000 ENERGY STAR certified screw-in LEDs installed in homes and over 50 larger buildings also upgraded their lighting to LED.

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) estimates the annual savings for all larger building owners combined is about $200,000 while savings for homeowners is expected to be $160,000. Total annual electricity savings for the project is targeted at 500 MWh, however, the AEA expects to significantly surpass this forecast given the larger building LED upgrades save about 180 MWh annually. The project will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the NWT by about 350 tonnes annually.

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About AEA - The AEA is a not-for-profit society with a mandate “to help communities, consumers, producers, regulators and policymakers to work together to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of energy and utility services in the Northwest Territories."

Technical specifications: new or updates

1. Heating, cooling and ventilating (HVAC) equipment

Light commercial HVAC—Version 3.0

Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR light commercial HVAC specification was released on December 21, 2016. To ensure a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, the EPA shared the following timeline for light commercial HVAC:

  • Upon finalization of the Version 3.0 specification development process on December 21, 2016, manufacturers may elect to have their certification body certify their eligible products to the Version 3.0 requirements, except for those products for which COP47 is to be determined.
  • Early in 2017, EPA will finalize Version 3.1 to address the pending COP47 requirements for heat pumps and VRF heat pumps with cooling capacities greater than or equal to 135,000 Btu/h and less than 240,000 Btu/h. Upon finalization, manufacturers will be free to have certification bodies certify all eligible products.
  • On June 1, 2017, certification bodies will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 2.2. Note, however, that existing certifications to Version 2.2 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until January 1, 2018.
  • Any light commercial HVAC products manufactured as of January 1, 2018, must meet Version 3.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 2.2 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 3.0 to EPA.

2. Consumer electronics

Set-top boxes–Version 5

Version 5.0 program requirements for set-top boxes became effective January 1, 2017 for all products with the exception of thin clients. Thin clients must meet these requirements on January 1, 2018.

3. Lighting

Lamps–Version 2

Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR lamps (light bulbs) specification became effective January 2, 2017.

The new specification reflects the goals of increased efficiency levels, broadened scope and features, alignment with U.S. Department of Energy test procedures and improved harmonization with Luminaires Version 2.0.

This specification raises the bar for efficiency and performance, reduces testing burden while maintaining performance integrity, and establishes the first set of testing and baseline requirements for color tunable and connected lamps.

The most recent revision of the specification also provides clarification on requirements for elevated-temperature life testing for LED lamps.

More detailed information on the technical specification and the development process can be found at 0_pd.

Impact on ENERGY STAR certified luminaires

It should be noted that luminaires certified as shipping with ENERGY STAR lamps (section 8) must be certified to the active ENERGY STAR lamp specification at the time the luminaire is manufactured. All ENERGY STAR luminaires must be updated to include lamps certified under Lamps Version 2.0.
ENERGY STAR brand owner Participants should contact their certification bodies to update their luminaire certifications.

4. Other products

Laboratory grade refrigerator and freezer–Version 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized Version 1.0 of the ENERGY STAR Laboratory Grade Refrigerator and Freezer specification on December 21, 2016. Products are currently eligible for certification. Visit the EPA site for more details as well as for the final specifications.

Connected Thermostats—Version 1

Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR specification for connected thermostats took effect as of December 23, 2016. To certify for ENERGY STAR, a Connected Thermostat product shall meet the ENERGY STAR specification in effect on the date of connection.

Find full details including discussion documents, webinars and drafts on the Connected Thermostats Version 1 development page.

Electric vehicle supply equipment–Version 1

On December 27, 2016, the ENERGY STAR technical specification for Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) Version 1.0 program requirements was finalized.

The Version 1.0 specification establishes power consumption requirements for Level 1, Level 2 and dual Level 1/Level 2 EVSE in No Vehicle, Partial On, and Idle Modes. The specification provides allowances for network connectivity and displays to capture top performing EVSE with added features and functionality. The specification also establishes basic criteria for certified EVSE capable of supporting Demand Response (DR) that are seeking to be listed as ‘connected’ on the ENERGY STAR product finder.

More information can be found on ENERGY STAR Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Development.

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.

Contact us

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

Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada
Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Plug load: appliances; electronics; lighting;
data centers; office equipment
Erin Sullivan - 613-947-1219 or email Erin Sullivan

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

Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment
Water heaters
Siméon LeBlanc - 613-947-2319 or email Siméon LeBlanc

Gas and electrical utilities
Major retailers
Patrick Roy - 613-943-0453 or email Patrick Roy

Commercial and institutional sector organizations
Commercial food service equipment
Isabelle Guimont - 613-996-5281 or email Isabelle Guimont

Social media manager
Rawan Hanhan - 613-5316 or email Rawan Hanhan

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.