Choosing and Using Appliances with EnerGuide

More and more frequently, smart consumers are taking energy efficiency into consideration when buying new appliances. Canadians have been using EnerGuide ratings for years as a reliable reference for comparing the energy consumption of major electric household appliances and for identifying models that meet the ENERGY STAR® specifications for energy efficiency. By choosing energy efficient products, we help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and lower our energy bills.

Choosing and Using Appliances with EnerGuide is the new, compact version of NRCan’s previous EnerGuide Appliance Directory.  It includes the information you’ve always looked for and come to expect, in an electronic format.  By including a multitude of Web links, including one to the online model listings, we’ve made this publication “evergreen”.  Now you can easily access the most up-to-date and relevant information that NRCan can offer on major appliances whenever you like. 

This guide provides:

  • links to energy consumption information for thousands of major electrical household appliances
  • a method for calculating the operating costs of comparable electrical appliances
  • tips for saving energy and money

What is EnerGuide?

EnerGuide rates the energy consumption and efficiency of household appliances, heating and cooling equipment, new homes and vehicles, and makes related information available to the public. Administered by the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), EnerGuide helps Canadian consumers make more energy-efficient choices.

Appliance Model Listings

The online model listings of all appliance models available in Canada allow you to compare the energy efficiency of different models, knowing that you are accessing the most up-to-date information.

The model listings:

  • identify models that meet Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations
  • identify appliances that meet high-performance ENERGY STAR technical specifications
  • list only models that manufacturers and distributors indicate as being available for sale in Canada

Choosing and Using Appliances with EnerGuide [PDF - 934.28 KB] includes a link to our online model listings for the following appliance categories:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Cooking Appliances (Ranges, Ovens and Cooktops)
  • Dishwashers
  • Clothes Washers
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Combination Washer-Dryers
  • Dehumidifiers

Except for dehumidifiers, each appliance is sorted by capacity or size, features, brand name, model number and estimated annual electrical energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh).

A note on model numbers: An asterisk (*) at the end of a model number represents a variable feature such as colour, which does not affect energy consumption. For example, if models 1234AG and 1234BG have the same features and EnerGuide ratings, these models may be listed as 1234** or 1234*.

The number/pound sign (#) and the plus sign (+) appear in some model numbers as part of the manufacturer's code. The pound sign and plus sign have no significance in terms of a product's energy consumption rating.