Fall 2017

ENERGY STAR high efficiency/haute éfficacité

ENERGY STAR® for Products—Participant News

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Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

Most of our Participants in Canada have probably seen media attention recently on our Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr; and his advocacy for our program’s continued strong partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

And with good cause! Our 15th year as an international ENERGY STAR partner with the EPA has been our most successful yet!  With the recent launch of our new ENERGY STAR for Industry initiative, we now deliver all four of the same program elements as our U.S. counterparts (along with products, homes, buildings). 

As always, we share promotional campaigns (like “Light the Moment”, and ENERGY STAR Day); tools (like Product Finder and Portfolio Manager); and specifications or models (for some products, building and industry categories).

A continued and strong relationship with our U.S. colleagues means an effective and impactful Canadian ENERGY STAR program that we can all be proud of and confident in.  Thank you all for sharing your support and enthusiasm for ENERGY STAR Canada.  Here’s to another 15 years of success!

Dianna Miller

Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada

Energy efficiency news

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Get Ready: ENERGY STAR Canada Awards will be launched in January 2018

The launch of our annual ENERGY STAR Canada Awards is fast approaching! It is time to start thinking about how your organization has demonstrated excellence in promoting ENERGY STAR during the 2017 calendar year. Please visit our Awards page for more information.

Most Efficient 2018 Criteria Announced

Symbol - ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018 Les plus écoénergétiques

Each year, ENERGY STAR sets or reviews Most Efficient Criteria for specific product categories. 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.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the recognition criteria for 2018 in consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) based on an analysis of currently certified ENERGY STAR models.

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for 2018 includes products from across 13 product categories: Air Source Heat Pumps and Central Air Conditioners, Boilers, Ceiling Fans, Clothes Washers, Dehumidifiers, Dishwashers, Dryers, Computer Monitors, Furnaces, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Refrigerator-Freezers, Ventilation Fans and Residential Windows.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for televisions will be evaluated upon completion of the ENERGY STAR Version 8.0 television specification.

Products that meet the 2018 criteria will deliver significant savings over conventional products. Available detail for each product category is included in the recognition criteria documents. In addition to meeting these recognition criteria, products must be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional detail for each product category is included in the recognition criteria documents found at ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.

In Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) sets the efficiency criteria for windows. Criteria for 2017 have been extended for 2018. For more information, visit NRCan’s Most Efficient criteria for windows web page.

ENERGY STAR certified products meeting these requirements will be highlighted on NRCan’s  ENERGY STAR Most Efficient web page beginning in January 2018.

ENERGY STAR for Industry: Welcome to the ENERGY STAR Canada family

Do you conduct manufacturing in Canada? Introducing a new program to help you reduce energy use and increase competitiveness.  

ENERGY STAR for Industry

The ENERGY STAR program continues to grow in Canada, highlighting the important role that energy efficiency plays in tackling the global climate change challenge. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr launched the new ENERGY STAR for Industry certification program in August at an event held on the sidelines of the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in St. Andrew’s, NB.

Facilities will use a sector-specific Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) – a benchmarking tool based on energy use and production data from participating members of that sector – to measure how efficiently a facility uses energy relative to other facilities across the U.S. and Canada. A facility in the top quartile can apply for certification and recognition as being the best-in-class performer for that sector. The first EPI available in Canada is for the integrated steel sector while EPIs for other sectors, such as commercial baking, automobile assembly, cement and fertilizer, are at various stages of completion.

Building on the launch of ENERGY STAR for Industry, Minister Carr launched the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry this summer in Winnipeg, MB. The challenge is a voluntary recognition program designed to establish and reinforce fundamental energy management practices, improve energy performance and reduce energy costs. Facilities can participate by registering their intent to reduce energy intensity by 10% within five years.

NRCan will recognize facilities meeting this objective as “Challenge Achievers.” To be eligible, at least 50% of a facility’s energy use must be in manufacturing and/or research and development, and a facility must be able to set a baseline energy metric to track progress toward meeting the 10 percent energy intensity reduction goal.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR for Industry certification

Learn more about ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry

E.P.A. ENERGY STAR Partner Meeting

Are you attending the Environmental Protection Agency’s Annual ENERGY STAR Partner Meetings on October 23-25, 2017? If so, we’d love to connect with you on site. ENERGY STAR Canada will be represented by our Brand Manager, Stephan Telka. Drop him a line at stephan.telka@canada.ca.

NRCan begins consultations on the next ENERGY STAR specifications for fenestration products

NRCan is currently considering changes to its ENERGY STAR fenestration and windows Most Efficient specifications for the year 2020. The goal is to make both initiatives more stringent so that ENERGY STAR becomes a true market transformation program once again and stays ahead of the rapidly evolving regulations and building codes in Canada.

In September, a consulting firm hired to help NRCan formulate an overall long-term market transformation strategy for fenestration products conducted a survey proposing three options for changes to the ENERGY STAR and Most Efficient Windows specifications. Participant manufacturers and dealers as well as other key stakeholders were surveyed.

There were 171 respondents. The results are summarized in the table below:

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ENERGY STAR Specification for Fenestration Products

Option 1: Eliminate the current three-zone qualification system and set the exterior window and exterior door criteria to U-factor ≤ 1.20 W/m2•K (0.21 Btu/h • sq. ft.•°F) and the skylight criteria to ≤ 2.10 W/m2•K (0.37 Btu/h • sq. ft.•°F) (the current Zone 3 criteria) for all of Canada.

  • Positive to Very Positive: 17%
  • Neutral : 35%
  • Detrimental to Very Detrimental: 48%

Option 2: Set the criteria as per Option 1 but also maintain the Energy Rating (ER) as an alternate compliance path and set the criteria to ≥ ER 34 (the current Zone 3 criteria) (note: ER does not apply to skylights).

  • Positive to Very Positive: 23%
  • Neutral: 45%
  • Detrimental to Very Detrimental: 32%

Option 3: Reduce the maximum allowable air leakage (infiltration and exfiltration) from ≤ 1.5 L/s/m2 to ≤ 0.75 L/s/m2 for all products.

  • Positive to Very Positive: 19%
  • Neutral: 52%
  • Detrimental to Very Detrimental: 29%

Proposed implementation date of January 1, 2020:

  • Too Soon: 30%
  • Appropriate: 49%
  • Too Late: 3%
  • Didn’t Know: 18%

Most Efficient Windows Specification

Option 1: Lower the windows Most Efficient criteria from 1.14 W/m2•K (0.20 Btu/h • sq. ft.•°F) to 0.8 W/m2•K (0.14 Btu/h • sq. ft.•°F).

  • Positive to Very Positive: 16%
  • Neutral: 44%
  • Detrimental to Very Detrimental: 40%

Option 2: Set the criteria as per Option 1 but also maintain the Energy Rating (ER) as an alternate compliance path and set the criteria to ER 40 (Note: this is an estimated ER).

  • Positive to Very Positive: 19%
  • Neutral: 40%
  • Detrimental to Very Detrimental: 41%

Option 3: Reduce the maximum allowable air leakage (infiltration and exfiltration) from 1.5 L/s/m2 to 0.75 L/s/m2.

  • Positive to Very Positive: 26%
  • Neutral: 51%
  • Detrimental to Very Detrimental: 23%

Proposed implementation date of January 1, 2020:

  • Too Soon: 38%
  • Appropriate: 45%
  • Too Late: 4%
  • Didn’t Know: 13%

In addition to this survey and further consultations with key stakeholders, NRCan is also doing a data and technical analysis on the proposed options. NRCan plans to announce the final results and draft specifications early in 2018.

For more information, contact steve.hopwood@canada.ca.

Energy consumption for TVs trending down despite larger screen size and improved performance

A new study released by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) recently announced that the televisions manufactured today consume less energy and save consumers more money despite the fact that TV size and resolution has increased.

Study results indicate that LCD TVs from 2015 consume 76 percent less energy (per screen area) than they did in 2003, now costing consumers on average only six cents a day to power one TV.

TVs’ declining energy consumption largely stems from improvements in lighting technology and its operation. The study also confirms that initiatives such as ENERGY STAR have played a key role in advancing energy efficiency side by side with technology.

Implementing an ENERGY STAR procurement policy: Walk the talk with ENERGY STAR certified products

Purchasing high efficiency products for your organization is an important element of successful energy management. Energy-efficient goods save money and that means they deliver good value—the hallmark of good procurement.

Integrating ENERGY STAR into your procurement policy and practices is simple. Here are some resources to get you started: 

Cover of best practices guide Purchaser Power: Energy Efficiency Procurement Toolkit

For more ideas on how you can incorporate ENERGY STAR into your organization’s procurement strategy, contact Isabelle Guimont

Branding and Marketing

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Second Annual ENERGY STAR Day in Canada

Building on the strengths of our inaugural ENERGY STAR Day in 2016, our team is busy working on plans for #ENERGYSTARDay 2017 (Tuesday, October 24). The purpose of ENERGY STAR Day is to raise awareness of the important role that energy efficiency plays in helping Canadians combat climate change, as well as to celebrate the great strides our participants, stakeholders and citizens have made together in saving energy. If there’s one day to sing the praises of energy efficiency and the role that ENERGY STAR plays, it’s this one.

There are plenty of ways to get involved:

  • Do you have a Fall rebate program underway? Make sure it’s in the national database (one of our most-visited sites on the ENERGY STAR website). If it’s not, send a note to diane.friendly@canada.ca with details 
  • Publish a blog on ENERGY STAR Day or write an article for your newsletter
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper or trade magazine about what the program means to your organization
  • Refresh outdated ENERGY STAR content on your corporate website
  • Engage with our ENERGY STAR social media feeds. If your social media or communications colleagues are NOT on our social media distribution list, please send an e-mail to Rawan.hanhan@canada.ca
  • Have you recently won an ENERGY STAR Award? This is a great day to celebrate your win – on your website, on social media, or in a note to your colleagues
  • Customize our “I’m a proud ENERGY STAR Participant” graphic and share with your online followers. Contact Rawan.Hanhan@canada.ca for more details

Natural Resources Canada is working on a variety of outreach products, including an  “ENERGY STAR Lighting 101” video, statements by senior leadership at NRCan, and a digital advertising campaign, which we’re looking forward to sharing with you. We’re always happy to collaborate and partner – start by dropping a line to energystar@canada.ca.

Engaging with Canadians on Social Media

Our ENERGY STAR Facebook and Twitter accounts turned one last month. These consumer-oriented accounts continue to draw followers: on Facebook, our English and French accounts are followed by 12,100 and 860 respectively, while on Twitter we have 6,100 and 300 respectively. Moreover, our average engagement rate is reliably 1% across all accounts, keeping us on par with other federal government accounts. With a year’s worth of data, we’re evaluating what has worked well and where opportunities lie. 

Spiro Metaxas

As we look toward to our second year on social media, we’re excited to welcome Spiro Metaxas to the team, who started in late September. Born and raised in Montréal, Spiro joins us from the Institute of Policy Alternatives Montréal, where he used social media to raise the Institute’s profile.

Participants at Work

ENERGY STAR from coast to coast to coast: Nunavut joins the program

Nunavut’s Climate Change Secretariat, which is responsible for managing climate change adaptation and mitigation programs and policies for the Government of Nunavut, is now an ENERGY STAR Participant.  In the process, ENERGY STAR is now formally present in all Provinces and Territories.

Le logo pour le Secrétariat du changement climatique du Nunavut

The Secretariat will leverage the ENERGY STAR symbol to design programs that respond to local needs, increase energy efficiency awareness and support the Government of Nunavut’s efforts to address climate change.

Please join the ENERGY STAR Team in welcoming Nunavut’s Climate Change Secretariat to the program!

About Nunavut’s Climate Change Secretariat
Established in 2016, the Climate Change Secretariat resides within the Department of Environment. The Secretariat works on a wide range of climate change issues, serving communities across Nunavut by providing resources, programs, and policies.

ENERGY STAR Participants win at Lighting for Tomorrow 2017 Competition

The winners of the 2017 Lighting for Tomorrow awards were recently announced at the annual American Lighting Association (ALA) conference in Vancouver. This year's awards honored a broad range of LED and OLED products, including fixtures, retrofit kits, replacement lamps and lighting controls.

Congratulations to the following ENERGY STAR CANADA Participants for their exceptional products:

To see the full list of award winners, visit http://lightingfortomorrow.com/2017/09/12/lighting-for-tomorrow-2017-awards-announced/.

Le logo pour la compétition Lighting for Tomorrow

Lighting for Tomorrow is organized by the ALA, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and UL. The annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition was created in 2002 to recognize the best decorative, energy efficient lighting fixtures in the market. Since its inception, Lighting for Tomorrow has encouraged manufacturers to develop well designed, energy efficient lighting products with a specific goal of increasing the availability and market adoption of ENERGY STAR® certified residential lighting products.

Technical Specifications

Revised specifications

(Note: revised specifications links below, redirect to the US ENERGY STAR website.)


Pool pumps–Version 2.0

The ENERGY STAR specification for pool pumps is currently under revision. Since the finalization of Version 1.0 in 2014, the pool pump market has advanced considerably, offering consumers a wider variety of efficient pumps at prices that are more affordable than in the past. In light of these developments, significant revisions are being proposed in the Version 2.0 specification that reflect current advances and metrics in the pool pump market. A subsequent revision (Version 3.0) is planned post-2021 to align the specification with new proposed US Department of Energy minimum efficiency standards.

For more information, visit the pool pumps product development web page


Televisions—Version 8.0

A final draft of the ENERGY STAR television technical specification Version 8.0 was released on July 18, 2017 for stakeholder comment. The effective date of this revised version will be April 16, 2018.

For more information, visit the television product development web page.

Lighting and Fans

Lamps—Version 2.0 / Light fixtures—Version 2.0

Minor revisions are being proposed to the ENERGY STAR Start Time Test Method, applicable under the ENERGY STAR specifications for Lamps and Luminaires, to ensure it does not hinder efficient, high performing SSL products with consumer-driven features from earning the ENERGY STAR. These clarifications do not impact currently certified products.

For more information, see the memo outlining the modifications on the lamp product development web page.

Light fixtures (luminaires)

The ENERGY STAR Requirements for the use of LM-80 Data has been finalized. With the exception of Section 3—Content of LM-80 Test Reports—this document immediately supersedes the ENERGY STAR Program Guidance Regarding LED Package, LED Array and LED Module Lumen Maintenance Performance Data Supporting Qualification of Lighting Products.

For more information, see the cover letter on the luminaires product development web page.

Ceiling fans—Version 4.0

The ENERGY STAR ceiling fan technical specification 4.0 has been finalized. Ceiling fan products certifying for ENERGY STAR under the Version 4.0 specification will offer consumers a savings of more than 40 percent. Version 4.0 will come into effect on June 15, 2018.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body certify their eligible products to the Version 4.0 requirements. As of March 1, 2018, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 3.1. Existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until June 15, 2018.

Any ceiling fan or ceiling fan light kit products manufactured as of June 15, 2018, must meet Version 4.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 3.1 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 4.

For more information, see the ceiling fan product development web page.

Office equipment

Computers—Version 7.0

Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR computers specification Version 7.0 was released on September 28, 2017. Stakeholder feedback is requested by October 26, 2017.

For more information, see the computers product development web page.

Servers—Version 3.0

Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR server technical specification Version 3.0 was released on July 31, 2017. Stakeholder feedback is currently being reviewed. Draft 3 is expected to be released in late 2017.

For more information, visit the server product development web page.

Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)—Version 2.0

Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR UPS technical specification was released on September 22, 2017. Draft 2 includes the following key changes:

  • Energy efficiency criteria levels to recognize the top quartile of the market
  • Clarifications on the ENERGY STAR test method
  • Changes to the definitions and scrope sections relating to Voltage Independent and Hybrid UPSs

A final draft specification and test method is anticipated to be released for comment late this year with the Version 2.0 becoming effective in the Fall of 2018.

For more information, visit the UPS product development web 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.

Engage online

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

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

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

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

ENERGY STAR brand manager
Stephan Telka - 613-992-4535 or email Stephan Telka

ENERGY STAR brand officer
Rawan Hanhan - 613-943-5316 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.