Winter 2018

ENERGY STAR high efficiency : haute éfficacité

ENERGY STAR® for Products—Participant News

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Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

Canada’s Energy Efficiency movement keeps getting stronger!

When ENERGY STAR came to Canada in 2001, less than half the population knew what it was, and even fewer people knew what the brand stood for. Even the concept of “high efficiency” was vague to most people. 

Now, the ENERGY STAR Canada program covers all sectors of the economy; from individual products and homes, to commercial and institutional buildings, to industrial facilities and their processes. 

Energy efficiency programs are in every province and territory, and Canadians everywhere know what ENERGY STAR means, and how to use it. 

What’s more, it’s a topic everyone supports: not-for-profit organizations, environmental and consumer groups, as well as retailing, manufacturing, and real estate companies and associations all agree that energy efficiency is the lowest-cost, most effective means of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and cutting operating costs. 

Canadians agree, and are joining our movement in droves: 

  • from more than 1,800 ENERGY STAR Canada home builders, product manufacturers, and retailers
  • to 22% of Canadian buildings using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager;
  • a rapidly growing interest in our new ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry
  • to almost 20,000 individuals following us on Facebook and Twitter.

ENERGY STAR is a concept we can all get behind and support. It is the brand with which we can all identify. It is the energy efficiency conversation starter we can all talk about.

Don’t wait – have that conversation today. We have tons of ideas for you to share at!

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada

Energy efficiency news

Calling all ENERGY STAR Participants: 2018 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards are now open for submission!

ENERGY STAR® 2018 Awards: Call for submissions

ENERGY STAR Participants in Canada deserve recognition for their excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes in Canada. We are excited to announce the opening of our 2018 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards process and we invite all Participants to submit your applications.

To find out more, please visit our Awards page.

Don’t delay! Deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018.

Take a look at the accomplishments of our 2017 winners!

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018 now live!

The ENERGY STAR program recognizes the highest performers in energy efficiency for recognized products with the designation ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for 2018.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018 : Les plus éconérgétiques

As in 2017 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 2018 that help consumers to find and purchase the “best of the best” among the recognized product categories.

2018 product categories and recognition criteria

The ENERGY STAR program in the U.S. and Canada recognizes criteria across the following 13 product categories:

  • boilers
  • ceiling fans
  • central air conditioners, heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps
  • clothes dryers
  • clothes washers
  • computer monitors
  • dehumidifiers
  • 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.

Now available: ENERGY STAR 2016 Annual Report

Cover 2016 ENERGY STAR Canada Annual Report

The 2016 ENERGY STAR Canada Annual Report has been released. The report is a testament to the enduring impact that ENERGY STAR is making in helping Canadians save energy, save money and protect the planet. This work would not be possible without each of your organization’s contributions. Thank you all for last year’s successes.

Report highlights:

  • We marked our 15th anniversary with the launch of ENERGY STAR Canada Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the creation of the first ENERGY STAR Day in Canada (the fourth Tuesday of each October).
  • ENERGY STAR prevented 532,900 tonnes of GHG emissions, the same as taking 190,321 cars off the road for a year.
  • Six new products joined the ENERGY STAR family: commercial boilers, commercial coffee makers, EV chargers, lab fridges and freezers, large network equipment, and smart thermostats.
  • 47 million ENERGY STAR certified products were sold in 70 product categories.  
  • 16,400 Canadian buildings benchmarked their energy usage using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including 185 million square metres of floor space, representing more than one in five buildings.
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager added a sixth building type eligible for an ENERGY STAR score in Canada: senior care communities and residential care communities.
  • More than 7,500 ENERGY STAR certified New Homes were constructed.
  • Energy efficiency improved 25% between 1990 and 2014, and helped Canadians save $38.5 billion

Read the ENERGY STAR in Canada Annual Report 2016 [PDF - 1.89 MB].

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NEMA releases new logo to help consumers with dimming products

NEMA recently released a new logo and statement to help consumers identify compatible LED light bulbs and dimmers:

Accompanying statement:

Look for this logo to find LED bulbs and dimmers that work together.


To use the logo on qualified products, brand owners/brand licensees must sign a Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA. The logo and statement can appear on product packaging as well as the product itself. The logo and the statement should appear together:

  • On point-of purchase display, in-store signage, etc.
  • On product information pages
  • In retailer's product descriptions – online, in print, etc.
  • On Brand Owners'/Brand Licensees' websites

For more information on the compatible LED light bulbs and dimmers initiative, visit The program’s requirements for LED lamps meet the compliance options for ENERGY STAR certified LED lamps.

For specific information about how to join the NEMA LED Dimming Compatibility Program, contact Madeleine Bugel, NEMA LED Dimming Compatibility Program Manager at

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)Logo

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers.



Banner in front of rising sun with Celebrate ENERGY STAR DAY October 24

Thanks to all our Participants who took part in ENERGY STAR Day on October 24, 2017. This was the second time the day was officially marked in Canada, and included a number of initiatives:

  • The launch of a new ENERGY STAR Lighting video (watch it here in English or French and share it!).
  • A note of appreciation from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr to all ENERGY STAR for Products Participants
  • Video statements from Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (watch it here in English) and Catherine McKenna, Minster of Environment & Climate Change Canada (watch it here in English or French).
  • A social media contest featuring smart thermostats as grand prizes, courtesy of our newest ENERGY STAR Canada Participants in the “smart thermostat” category, Ecobee and Nest.
  • A digital advertising campaign on Facebook, which resulted in a 27% increase in English page likes, and a whopping 212% increase in our French page likes with   an average engagement rate of 6% on English posts and 4.1% on French posts.
  • Promotional banners on the Government of Canada’s main homepage ( and Natural Resources Canada’s homepage (

ENERGY STAR Day takes place on the third Tuesday of October. Mark your calendars on Tuesday, October 23, 2018!

Federal, provincial and territorial governments set aspirational goals for energy using equipment in the building sector

Cover of publication: Market transformation strategies for energy-using equipment in the building sector: Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy

In August 2017, Canada’s Energy Ministers advanced their commitments to tackle climate change through the document entitled: Market transformation strategies for energy-using equipment in the building sector: Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

This report outlines federal, provincial and territorial governments’ aspirational goals over the short-, medium- and long-term for energy performance in windows, space heating and water heating equipment. The report also identifies key barriers to market adoption for each equipment area and possible measures to overcome them.

The report will also serve as a basis to guide stakeholder engagement toward the development of detailed road maps to achieve the aspirational goals, as well as to establish performance indicators to measure and report on progress.

The aspirational goals support the broader objectives of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote adoption and support clean technology innovation, and ultimately shift to a low-carbon economy.

ENERGY STAR certified windows and the Passive Solar Dilemma

In the past, passive solar gain (free heat energy from the sun) was considered a good thing to help offset energy costs. Residential windows were made of ordinary glass and were single or double glazed, allowing for a fair amount of solar gain as well as heat loss during colder months.

With the introduction of low emissivity coating (low-e glass) the rate of heat loss, measured in terms of the “U-factor”, slowed considerably. Solar gain together with low-e glass saved a significant amount of energy in the typical home of yesterday.

However, since that time, things have become more complex. The next generation of low-e coatings has resulted in lowered U-factors but the solar gain potential may also be lowered significantly. Today, there is an array of low-e coatings available that provide a whole range of U-factors and solar gain performance. What’s more, homes now have more insulation, increased window areas – sometimes concentrated in one direction, and smaller or no roof overhangs or eaves to block the direct solar gain in the summer. These factors in combination with location and landscaping add to the complexity.

All of this makes selecting the perfect window an even more difficult decision today than in the past with the risk of having rooms that are uncomfortable at certain times of the year. One typical example is a new home with a big living room that has a lot of window area facing south or west. Put in high solar gain glass and the room can be very uncomfortable, especially in the summer, and cooling costs can rise. At the opposite end of the spectrum is an older home into which low solar gain glass is installed. Rooms that were typically comfortable in colder weather on sunny days now “feel” cooler even though at night, they are in fact, warmer. In both these cases, the home owner may not be satisfied and the reduction in energy use may not be ideal.

The ENERGY STAR program is a “point of manufacture” program. In other words, product specifications outlined how a product is designed, built, and tested to function – not where individual buyers can or cannot use those products. For windows, doors and skylights, their performance, or perceived performance, is dependent on their placement. The ENERGY STAR technical specification has to be flexible enough to take into account a wide range of installation settings but, at the same time, save the consumer energy. And because the ENERGY STAR name is associated with the product, it should not have any unintentional consequences that diminish brand integrity. This makes the development of the technical specification for fenestration products challenging.

ENERGY STAR Canada has participated, with many other Canadian stakeholders, in recent road-mapping exercises held by Natural Resources Canada in order to explore pathways towards the aspirational goals outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Fenestration workshops have focused on these, and many other issues; and outcomes will be used to inform the fenestration specification development process.  Stay tuned!

IEA 4E SSL Annex Conference on Promoting High Quality, Energy-Efficient Lighting

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Recently, the IEA 4E SSL Annex held a one day conference in Australia. Presentations were made by experts on a range of topics relating to LED lighting including global lighting regulations, flicker, health effects and life cycle assessments of LED lighting.

To download copies of the presentations, visit

About the IEA 4E SSL Annex:

The SSL Annex was established in 2010 under the framework of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E) Implementing Agreement to provide advice to its member countries seeking to implement quality assurance programmes for SSL lighting. This international collaboration currently consists of member governments of Australia, Canada Denmark, France, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Branding and Marketing

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Coming Soon: ENERGY STAR Canada Brand Book

The ENERGY STAR Brand Team is working with representatives of each of the four ENERGY STAR programs in Canada (Buildings, Industry, New Homes and Products) along with our colleagues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a new Brand Book for use in Canada. The document will provide easy to use instructions on how to use the suite of ENERGY STAR symbols, the ENERGY STAR name, and how to write about the program. It will replace existing brand guidelines administered by each of the programs.

The introduction of the Brand Book will be accompanied by a rigorous monitoring program to ensure the brand is being properly used in Canada, by both participants and non-participants. This will ultimately help us protect the value of the brand for all participants, as well as help NRCan live up to its contractual commitments with the EPA to protect the brand in Canada.   

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New symbols = new ways to say “ENERGY STAR”

ENERGY STAR Canada is bringing our Participants two new symbols, in both official languages, to promote the program. Each new symbol combines the ENERGY STAR logo with a message.

  • “Learn more at” is a general call to action that can be used in consumer information for promotional or educational purposes.
  • “We sell ENERGY STAR” is a general promotional message that can be used in consumer information for both ENERGY STAR certified products and new homes.
Blue ENERGY STAR symbol with We sell ENERGY STAR caption

The symbols are available for download by Participants on the ENERGY STAR extranet site. Neither symbol can be used to identify a particular product, home or building as ENERGY STAR certified. For details on how to use the symbols correctly refer to the Guidelines for ENERGY STAR on our website (to be replaced with the ENERGY STAR Canada Brand Book early in 2018).

Final retirement of the fenestration “Dealer’s Choice” symbol

Blue ENERGY STAR Participant symbol combined with Dealer’s choice image with a red line through it

Effective February 1, 2018, the unofficial “Dealer’s Choice” symbol must be retired. This symbol is used by some dealers of ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors and skylights to promote their association with the program. Dealers still using the symbol are asked to remove it from their websites and from all new promotional materials. The existing Brand Guidelines for ENERGY STAR state “The [ENERGY STAR] symbol must never be altered, cut apart, separated or otherwise distorted in perspective or appearance in any way”, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reiterated to us.

Dealers who are official Participants are requested to use the other suite of ENERGY STAR symbols as per the Brand Guidelines, including the new “WE SELL ENERGY STAR” and “PARTICIPANT” symbols. Dealers who are not official Participants are invited to submit a one-time use request.


Participants at Work

LEAF: An ENERGY STAR Participant that aims at “greening” restaurants in Canada

LEAF logo with “Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice” text encircling image

Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) was officially launched in Calgary in 2010 with River Cafe becoming the first LEAF Certified restaurant in Canada. Since then LEAF has worked with over 100 restaurants from coast-to-coast. LEAF’s mission is to help the Canadian foodservice industry reduce its environmental footprint.

LEAF Certification offers accreditation to restaurants demonstrating efforts in environmental and sustainable foodservice practices. A restaurant must meet requirements in 10 areas of sustainability when looking to be certified:

1. Energy use
2. Food purchasing and menu items
3. Supplies
4. Building and location
5. Furnishing and decorative items
6. Chemicals
7. Waste and recycling
8. Employees
9. Policy and innovation
10. Water use

The foodservice industry consumes a massive amount of energy. Cooking, chilling, ventilation and lighting contribute to substantial electricity and natural gas consumption. Making the decision to green your restaurant and taking the steps towards energy-efficient changes, such as buying ENERGY STAR certified equipment, can amount to substantial energy savings.

Coming up for LEAF in 2018:

LEAF will be a presenting sponsor at Restaurants Canada’s Eco Pavilion at the RC Show in Toronto on February 25-27th, 2018. The first ever LEAF Awards will also be presented at this most popular venue within the restaurant industry. Four categories are up for grabs including Greenest Restaurant, Greenest Facility, Eco-Innovator and Most Improved. 

New rebates for energy-efficient renovations recently announced by Green Ontario 

On December 13, 2017, Green Ontario announced new rebates for energy-efficient renovations.

Ontario families can now access rebates to complete low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations to their homes through a new program from the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

New GreenON Rebates will cover:

  • Up to $7,200 off new insulation and a $100 rebate for air sealing
  • Up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pumps (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems
  • Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • Up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program requirements

The province is also launching GreenON Support, a free over-the-phone service offering impartial advice from energy experts to help consumers learn how they can save money and reduce their carbon footprint through home upgrades.

Visit to find out how small – or big – changes in your home can help save money while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.

Technical Specifications

Revised specifications

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


Clothes washers—Version 8.0

The ENERGY STAR specification for clothes washers was finalized earlier this year and will take effect on February 5, 2018.

The final version and all supporting documentation are available at the clothes washers product web development page.


Televisions—Version 8.0

Since releasing the Revised Final Draft Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR televisions specification on October 24, 2017, significant stakeholder feedback was submitted. As a result, the EPA is reviewing the specification and will delay the previously posted July 1, 2018 effective date to a later date. A final specification is expected to be released soon.

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

Set-top boxes and cable boxes — Version 5.1

Thin client set-top box products manufactured as of January 1, 2018 are now required to meet Version 5.1 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR symbol.

For more information, visit the set-top box product development web page.

Office equipment

Data centre storage—Version 1.1

The ENERGY STAR technical specification and test method for data centre storage is currently under revision. Version 1.1 Draft 1 has been released for stakeholder review. The revised version is proposing changes to expand the scope of the program to include products that support File I/O storage functions either entirely or as an additional capability. These proposed changes do not affect currently certified products. Currently certified products will not need to be retested to maintain their ENERGY STAR certification.

Feedback is requested by February 1, 2018 to

For more information, visit the data centre storage product development web page.

Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)—Version 2.0

The ENERGY STAR UPS technical specification 2.0 and test method have been finalized. ENERGY STAR certified UPS will use, on average, approximately 52% less energy than standard UPS. The Version 2.0 requirements will take effect on January 1, 2019.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their CB certify eligible products to the Version 2.0 requirements. After August 15, 2018, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 1.1.

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

Heating, cooling and ventilating equipment

Light commercial heating and cooling equipment (air conditioners and heat pumps)—Version 3.1

The ENERGY STAR product specification Version 3.1 for light commercial HVAC is in effect as of January 1, 2018. The scope includes: air-cooled, three phase, split system and single package central air conditioners, heat pumps, gas/electric package units, and variable refrigerant flow multi-split systems with capacity of at least 19 kW (65,000 Btu/h) but not more than 70 kW (240,000 Btu/h).

For more information, visit the light commercial HVAC product development web page.

Commercial water heaters —Version 2.0

The ENERGY STAR commercial water heaters specification technical specification 2.0 has been finalized. The effective date for this specification will be October 1, 2018.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 2.0 requirements. As of May 15, 2018, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 1.0.

The final version and all supporting documentation are available at the commercial water heaters development web page.

Commercial Food Service Equipment

Commercial dishwashers — Version 3.0

The commercial dishwasher data assembly effort deadline has been extended. Energy and water performance data, along with any additional comments on the Discussion Guide or testing guidance outlined in the memo should be submitted via email to no later than February 28, 2018.

For more information, see the commercial dishwashers product development web page.

Automatic commercial ice makers—Version 3.0

The ENERGY STAR specification for automatic commercial ice makers (ACIM) Version 3.0 will take effect on January 28, 2018. Products certified under this new specification can be found on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder.

Products certified to Version 3.0 offer energy savings from 8 to 20% depending on the model. Version 3.0 offers interesting environmental features including the use of low-global warming potential refrigerants as well as connected functionality which provide end-users with tools to better understand and manage energy-use.

For more information, visit the ACIM 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.

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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 for Products
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
Caroline Côté - 613-947-2319 or email email Caroline Côté

Gas and electrical utilities
Major retailers
Caroline Côté - 613-943-0453 or email Caroline Côté

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

ENERGY STAR brand manager
Stephan Telka - 613-218-6265 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.