Procuring for Energy Efficiency

Posted: November 21, 2018

Procuring for Energy Efficiency

Energy costs are significant for Ontario municipalities and citizens alike, but finding the most efficient products can be challenging. The Energy Star and EnerGuide programs exist to help consumers make informed decisions when it comes time to replace energy-intensive devices, lowering costs and reducing energy related emissions.  

The ENERGY STAR® Canada Program

Energy Star Logo

This conservation program promotes energy efficiency in the Canadian marketplace.

•Save energy
•Lower utility bills
•Reduce our impact on the environment

The ENERGY STAR® symbol is the internationally recognized and trusted mark of high efficiency for products, new homes, buildings or industrial facilities.

Canada’s EnerGuide Program

EnerGuide works in concert with Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations and allows for easy comparison of energy-using products. It is a rating and labelling system that provides verified data about a product’s energy performance.
The EnerGuide labelling applies to major household appliances and many heating and cooling products.
The scale identifies, at a glance, the model’s energy performance compared to similar models.

Appliance Labels

Energuide label for an appliance
  1. Annual energy consumption of the model in kilowatt hours ( kWh)
  2. Energy consumption indicator, which positions the model compared with the most efficient and least efficient models in the same class of appliances. In this case you want the lowest number possible, with the pointer to the far left of the scale.
  3. Type and capacity of models that make up this class of appliance
  4. The model number
  5. The ENERGY STAR symbol (Only on certified higher efficiency models.)
  • Check the label for type and size information to be sure you are comparing models that truly are similar.

Heating/Cooling Equipment Labels

Energuide label for a furnace

For these types of appliances, the score is in efficiency. Opposite the appliance scorecard, you want the highest number possible with the pointer on the right end of the scale.

This label shows an efficiency of 90% for an oil-fired forced-air furnace (with a high efficiency blower motor). In this example, 10% of the input energy (oil and electricity) does not produce useful heat or power the blower motor. This energy is most likely heat that is lost out the chimney system.

This furnace is one of the more efficient on the market, but models are available that are up to six percentage points better.

Put it into Practice:

Applying a Program

Make the ®program part of the minimum requirements when planning for purchasing new appliances and/or equipment at your home or municipality.

ENERGY STAR® certified imaging equipment (including photocopiers, printers, scanners, all-in-one-devices, fax machines and mailing machines) use 30% less energy, on average, than standard models. Saving energy saves money and reduces your carbon footprint.

Applying a Process

Define a purchasing procedure that includes researching for the “most efficient” or best value for your energy dollar when procuring for new appliances and/or equipment. You can do this by reading and comparing the consumption or efficiency levels listed on the EnerGuide labels of similar models.

By keeping energy efficiency in mind when procuring for home or the office, we can take small steps with big results in terms of energy efficiency.

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