Fall 2016


ENERGY STAR® News/Nouvelles

In this issue…

Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

Coming soon to a web-enabled device near you…

ENERGY STAR Canada!!!  Well…we’re already here, online.  And now, we’re on Facebook and Twitter. 

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That’s right – our ENERGY STAR Canada programs are pleased to offer consumers, businesses, Participants and stakeholder organizations two new ways to learn, share and talk about energy efficiency in Canada. 

  • Looking for ways to save money on your energy bills?
  • Seeking out fun facts or quick info on energy efficiency? 
  • Want new material to tweet to your followers about why ENERGY STAR certified products are better?
  • Searching for a forum for discussion or advice about efficiency campaigns? 

Look no further than our new accounts @ENERGYSTAR_CAN on Twitter and @ENERGYSTARCanada on Facebook:

ENERGY STAR Canada on Facebook

Like the ENERGY STAR Facebook page to stay connected with everything going on within the program.

ENERGY STAR Canada on Twitter

Follow @ENERGYSTAR_CAN for tweets on energy saving tips and other important updates related to the ENERGY STAR Canada.

Want to coordinate your social media content or campaign with us?
Contact our Social Media Manager, Amanda Bloom at amanda.bloom@canada.ca.

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada

Energy efficiency news


What better way to celebrate launching our new social media channels than on ENERGY STAR Day, October 25, 2016!  Join us for fun facts, and cool graphics that you can use and rebrand. Mark your calendars and be sure to like and follow our accounts to be a part of the global energy efficiency movement!

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What does clean technology mean to you? Let’s talk!

Have an innovative idea about using technology in the natural resource sectors? Want to share your thoughts on what Canada could do to work towards cleaner energy in the future? 

Join the conversation at www.letstalkcleanresources.ca.

Share your ideas on how clean technology could pave the way for competitiveness and environmental leadership, now and into the future.

Your feedback will inform the Government of Canada’s choices on how to support clean technology producers and to increase investment in clean technologies in the natural resource sectors.

Beware: Not all smart LEDs are created equally!

Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are the most efficient, long-lasting bulbs available, saving as much as 90% in energy costs and lasting up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Now, “smart lamps” are brightening the scene, providing the opportunity for consumers to benefit from smart services, better product quality and energy savings. Combining wireless communication, intelligent controls and LEDs, smart lamps offer end-users features like colour-tuning, dimming, changing lighting scenes and remote, motion-sensing and daylight controls. Some can even be used as Wi-Fi or Li-Fi nodes to help consumers with smart phones navigate a building or find products in a store!

But there is a drawback. These features use energy to keep the smart LED lamp ready to receive a signal, even when it’s not providing light. A September 2016 report issued by the International Energy Agency stated that, when tested, some lamps drew more energy for connected standby power than for lighting, depending on hours of use. For tested smart lamps producing 200 to 1000 lumens of light, connected standby used, on average, 51% of the total daily energy consumption when operated for one hour per day. That corresponds to an overall efficacy of 9 to 51 lumens per watt, about the same performance as incandescent lamps. So much for the savings…

The news isn’t all bad. Technologies to reduce connected standby consumption do exist for LEDs, with some lamps on the market drawing only 0.17–0.25W for standby power as compared to others that use ten times more. But how do consumers know which smart lamps to choose?

ENERGY STAR considers connectivity for a range of products including lamps, maintaining its half-watt maximum for standby power for connected lamps in off mode. With its clearly defined criteria, test methods and rigorous standards, ENERGY STAR offers the simple choice that ensures consumers save energy while also enjoying the convenience and added value smart LEDs provide.

Commercial Food Service Equipment: ENERGY STAR certified products worth looking into!

You won’t have any second thoughts if you decide to invest in ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment, especially considering that commercial kitchens use about 2.5 times more energy per square meter than other types of commercial spaces.

By using ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment, including products for refrigeration, sanitation and food preparation, most commercial kitchens see a reduction in energy consumption.

Our ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Equipment Olympic medallists are:

Gold: commercial steamers

  • 50 percent more energy efficient than standard models
  • shorter cook times reduced water use by 90 percent or more compared with standard models

Silver: commercial hot food holding cabinets

  • 65 percent more energy efficient than standard models
  • payback period of 1.4 years with 68 percent cost savings every year

Bronze: commercial refrigerators and freezers

  • 35 percent more energy efficient than standards models
  • virtually the same price tag for certified refrigerators and freezers

Bronze: Commercial fryers

  • up to 35 percent more energy efficient than standard models
  • better designed, with advanced elements/burners and heat exchangers, and improved insulation shorter cook times and increased production rates

What’s more, a kitchen fully-equipped with ENERGY STAR certified equipment could save up to $5,250 per year assuming one unit per equipment type.

To learn more, read ENERGY STAR® Guide for Commercial Kitchens.

Most Efficient 2017 Criteria Announced

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for ENERGY STAR in the current calendar year. These exceptional products represent the leading edge in energy-efficient products.

Each year, ENERGY STAR sets or reviews Most Efficient criteria for specific product categories. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for 2017 will include 12 products: 11 continued from 2016, one suspended, and one new.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the recognition criteria for 2017, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), based on an analysis of currently certified ENERGY STAR models. This analysis indicates that for many categories existing recognition criteria remain reflective of the “best of the best.” As a result, EPA is extending the 2016 efficiency criteria into 2017 for a number of categories including boilers, dishwashers, clothes washers, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, refrigerator-freezers and residential windows. In Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) sets the efficiency criteria for windows and is also extending the 2016 criteria into 2017.

EPA has revised the recognition criteria for ceiling fans, ducted and ductless central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps, monitors, and ventilating fans and added recognition criteria for dryers. The Most Efficient designation is suspended for televisions in 2017 to allow time for EPA to study and measure efficiency improvements provided by energy saving features in TVs.

The proposed ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017 criteria for the full suite of products are summarized below. In addition to meeting these recognition criteria, products must be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional details for each product category are included in the recognition criteria documents found at ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.

High Points:

Ceiling Fans: 2017 criteria will recognize a more exclusive list of ceiling fans and including fans with both a brushless DC motor and aerodynamic blade design. Fans meeting the new requirements detailed in the revised DOE test method and metric will use 33% of the energy required by a conventional fan.

Computer Monitors: 2017 criteria will maintain the stringency of the current 2016 criteria except for increased stringency for high-resolution monitors to ensure ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition for only 4% of the current market.

Clothes Washers: For 2017, 2016 criteria will be maintained for standard-size clothes washers. However, for 2018, EPA anticipates setting a minimum using a new cleaning and rinse performance test method.

Dishwashers: 2017 recognition continues the 2016 criteria for standard-size dishwashers, including the minimum cleaning performance minimum.

Dryers: A new ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation for clothes dryers in 2017 sets criteria to include efficiency levels for both the normal and most energy consuming settings, to guard against consumers experiencing lower than expected performance.

Heating and Cooling Products: 2016 criteria are largely retained for furnaces, central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps (CAC/ASHP), ductless split air conditioners and heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps (GHP), and boilers; AFUE requirements remain at 95% or higher for gas-powered boilers and 90% or higher for oil-powered boilers. However, a revision to the CAC/ASHP and ductless split air conditioners and heat pumps requirements will ensure that products are able to provide cooling at two or more capacity levels. EPA envisions variable capacity becoming the standard for efficiency.

Refrigerator-Freezers: 2017 recognition criteria contain no substantive changes from 2016.

Ventilating Fans: The 2017 criteria scope is expanded to include in-line fans with ≥5 cfm/W at all speeds. Otherwise, requirements for bathroom and utility room fans remain unchanged. Under the 2017 criteria, consumers will realize 85% savings over a conventional bath fan model, and 44% savings over a conventional in-line fan.

Windows: No changes are planned for the 2017 residential window recognition criteria. Although there are over 95,000 Most Efficient window models in the NRCan database, this still represents a small percentage of the more than one million registered ENERGY STAR certified window models for the Canadian market. NRCan has no plans to expand the Most Efficient program to include doors or skylights as there is no data demonstrating that high performance door or skylight products are widely available or that such products will save consumers a meaningful additional amount of energy.

Most Efficient Windows Promotion

 Renovating? Choose products guaranteed to save you money. Windows that qualify for the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2016 designation are the best in their class in energy efficiency, which means lower energy bills. Look for the best of the best … the complete roster of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 windows, and other products, is online now with the Most Efficient 2016 logo and website url www.energystar.gc.ca.

NRCan continues to promote ENERGY STAR Most Efficient windows in Homes and Cottages magazine with a 1/3 page graphic placement in the November 11th edition that focuses on new builds. The magazine is distributed to both consumers and the building trade. Over 50,000 building trade-related professionals subscribe to the magazine and it appears in the waiting rooms of doctors, dentists, chiropractors as well as VIA rail and Air Canada first class lounges. The November edition will also be widely distributed during the fall Home Builder and Renovation Expo. Since 2014, NRCan has placed the graphic in the magazine 4 times.

New NRCan Web Page on Window Condensation

Condensation is something that no one wants to see on their windows or doors. Although technology has advanced the energy efficiency of windows and doors over the past decade to greatly reduce the risk of condensation, it is still possible in certain conditions. To help homeowners understand the process, NRCan, in consultation with the window and glazing industry, has developed a web page that details the factors that can lead to condensation and provides tips on how to reduce the risk. The web page also includes information on the effects of cold weather, the role that humidity plays and even the fact that condensation – in certain circumstances – shows that the window is highly energy efficient! Overall, highly efficient products such as ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors reduce the risk of condensation while saving money on energy bills.

Energy-Efficiency Standards Key to Market Transformation

Canada's federal, provincial and territorial energy and mines ministers met recently in Winnipeg for the annual Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference. As one of the key outcomes of the conference, ministers recognized a need for coordinated action among governments to support national consistency for energy efficiency standards.

Ministers agreed to a framework and action plan on energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, which lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Canada. Encouraging Market Transformation through Collaboration on Energy-Efficiency Standards  provides the structure and a way forward to achieving greater harmonization and coordination, and to setting joint priorities.

Energy efficiency standards for consumer and commercial products are one of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Used by almost 50 countries worldwide as a foundation to energy conservation and national climate change policies, standards eliminate the least efficient products from the market when more efficient technologies are cost-effective and readily available. Through cycles of continuous improvement, energy efficiency standards drive product innovation, transforming the market toward higher performing products that use less energy, generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions and cost less to operate.

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Utilities: Sharing ideas on DSM programming

Looking for ideas to jump start your next wave of programs? You might want to look at the Consortium of Energy Efficiency’s (CEE) 2016 Behavior Program Summary. The Program Summary lists behavioral initiatives carried out by a number of CEE members and utilities from the United States and Canada, and is intended to aid in the design and implementation of programs with behavior change elements. This Program Summary is not intended to be comprehensive but there are plenty of options to fuel your team’s creative processes!

About CEE - CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the U.S. and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of energy efficiency in markets.


Did you know?

Hydro Ottawa Summer Saving Day

In the summer of 2015, Hydro Ottawa, an ENERGY STAR Participant, successfully used behavioral techniques to motivate households to reduce their peak electricity demand, without the use of devices or price signals.

Hydro Ottawa’s Summer Saving Day campaign used a software-based platform to deliver targeted communications to encourage customers to consciously reduce their energy use. The campaign enabled participating customers to save, on average, 3% of energy during peak demand periods.

Technical specifications: new or updates

1. Appliances

Clothes Washers—Version 8.0

The EPA is preparing Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR specification for Clothes Washers for further discussion on a date to-be-announced in October, 2016.

The more stringent specification was proposed in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s change to standards which will come into effect January 2018.

This draft of the Version 8.0 specification proposes revised residential and commercial clothes washer energy and water criteria. It is also considering stakeholder feedback on expanding the specification scope to include Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryers as well as comments on water consumption of the dryer function and how to test it.

Optional Connected Criteria: With more network connected appliances emerging on the market, EPA is ensuring that the connected criteria incorporate clarifications previously only provided in the ENERGY STAR Connected Criteria Q&A, to make them more easily accessible to stakeholders.

Find further details on the Clothes Washer Version 8.0 development page.

2. Appliances or Cooling and Ventilating Equipment

Dehumidifier—Version 4.0

ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 for dehumidifiers is in effect as of October 25, 2016. Any dehumidifier manufactured on or after this date must meet Version 4.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. Details and the full specification can be found here.

3. Commercial Food Service Equipment

Commercial Coffee Brewers—Version 1.0

ENERGY STAR specification for Commercial Coffee Brewers Final Version 1.0  was finalized on July 8, 2016.

The new ENERGY STAR specification focuses on coffee brewers intended for commercial use and excludes coffee makers used in households. While initially focusing on batch commercial coffee brewers, it is expected that the scope of this specification will be expanded to include other types of commercial coffee brewers once information about their energy use becomes available.

The strict new energy efficiency requirements these products will have to meet to earn the ENERGY STAR mark will provide significant energy savings to users and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR certified commercial coffee brewers will offer end users as much as 35% in energy savings and about $100 per year when compared to conventional models.

The ENERGY STAR Commercial Coffee Brewer Specification is now in effect. All qualifying products must meet the requirements in the specification in order to be considered ENERGY STAR certified.

4. Consumer Electronics

Televisions—Version 8.0

On May 17, 2016, EPA issued guidance regarding ENERGY STAR certification of televisions with Automatic Brightness Control and other screen luminance dimming features. Initial efforts to better understand the energy implications of these features have led the Agency to conclude that more fundamental changes may be needed to the approach by which ENERGY STAR televisions are qualified. As such, EPA has launched ENERGY STAR Version 8.0 of the technical specification for televisions. In the interim, certification of televisions will continue to be consistent with ENERGY STAR Version 7.0.

As a first step to the revision, EPA is gathering and examining energy consumption data for a greater range of power modes than is tested under the current specification. Televisions today offer consumers a broad selection of modes and settings. EPA wants to determine whether power saving modes persist through a wide array of viewing conditions. EPA is also researching energy consumption of HDR-capable ultra-high definition TVs when translating Standard Dynamic Range content via “High Dynamic Range Plus” pre-set picture settings, and when playing native HDR10­-encoded content.

EPA will issue Draft 1 of a Version 8.0 specification after completing analysis of the data and consultation with stakeholders in autumn 2016.

5. Data Centers

Server—Version 3.0

Draft 1 of Version 3.0 computer servers specification was released with stakeholder comments undergoing analysis since August 26. Draft 2 is anticipated for the last quarter of 2016.

6. Other products

Laboratory Grade Refrigerator and Freezer—Version 1

EPA has been developing a new specification that includes efficiency criteria for high performance and general purpose laboratory grade refrigerators and freezers which will differentiate them from other types of refrigeration equipment such as commercial refrigeration. EPA is also proposing that lab grade refrigerators and freezers designed to store blood and plasma products be eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR.

While EPA is not proposing efficiency levels for ultra-low temperature freezers at this time, it will consider eligibility for these products in a forthcoming revision, once sufficient data becomes available later this year.

Find full details including discussion documents and specification drafts on the Laboratory Grade Refrigerator and Freezer Version 1 development page.

Connected Thermostats—Version 1

On June 9, 2014, EPA ended development of a proposed Residential Climate Controls specification and announced a new approach under which residential HVAC controls would be recognized as ENERGY STAR based on their ability to save energy as demonstrated by aggregate data from homes. Minimum ease-of-use criteria were dropped in favour of this approach. 

Development continued with the replacement specification, ENERGY STAR Connected Thermostats. It is now nearing completion as EPA works to finalize the methodology and software for testing field savings. Draft 3 of the specification as well as the field savings measurement method and software are expected to be released in October and, pending stakeholder comment, the final Version 1 draft will become effective with its release in December 2016.

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

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
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm - 613-947-1219 or email Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

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
Amanda Bloom - 613-992-4535 or email Amanda Bloom

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.