EnErgy Star Look for 1 ®

EnErgy Star Look for 1 ®
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Look for
Energy Star
®
to identify the most energy-efficient products
Cat. No. M144-12/2011E (Print)
ISBN 978-1-100-18034-2
Cat. No. M144-12/2011E-PDF (On-line)
ISBN 978-1-100-18035-9
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2011
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Contents
Introduction
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Lighting products
4
Major household appliances
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Windows, doors and skylights
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Home heating and cooling equipment
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Fans and dehumidifiers
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Home entertainment equipment
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Home office equipment
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Learn more
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Everybody is a winner!
ENERGY STAR® is the international symbol for energy efficiency – a simple way
for consumers to identify products that are among the top energy performers on
the market.
Products bearing the ENERGY STAR symbol help save energy and money and
protect our environment.
Depending on the type of product you are
buying, choosing an ENERGY STAR qualified
model can help reduce energy consumption
and costs by 10 to 50 percent compared with
a conventional product.
ENERGY STAR qualified products
are also good for the environment.
Using energy-efficient appliances
and other equipment in your home
reduces greenhouse gas emissions
and pollutants that cause urban
smog and acid rain.
To qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol, products must meet stringent specifications
for energy consumption without sacrificing the features, versatility and quality
expected of high-performing products. And ENERGY STAR qualified products often
cost no more to purchase than conventional equipment.
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Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency promotes the international
ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada and monitors its use. As you will learn in this
booklet, you can find products bearing the ENERGY STAR symbol for every room
in the house. So the next time you are shopping for an appliance, lighting, heating
or cooling equipment, a computer, home electronics or even windows, remember
to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol.
EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR – a winning team
For more than 25 years, Canadian shoppers have relied on the EnerGuide label
to compare the energy consumption of major electrical household appliances and
heating and cooling equipment. ENERGY STAR and EnerGuide work hand-in-hand –
when you see the ENERGY STAR symbol on an EnerGuide label, you can be sure
that the product is among the most energy-efficient available, thus saving you
money on your energy bills.
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Lighting products
Lighting accounts for about 11 percent of electricity use in a Canadian
home. The good news is that you can help control electricity costs by
increasing the energy efficiency of your lighting products.
The average Canadian home has 30 light bulbs that together consume close to
$130 worth of electricity every year. Installing ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs
and luminaires throughout your home is one of the smartest energy efficiency
investments you can make.
High-quality energy-efficient lighting products
may cost more initially, but they will save you
money over their lifetime and will last longer.
Here is why. ENERGY STAR qualified
lighting products produce the same
light output as regular incandescent
products but use only one third or
less of the energy. That can make a
big difference on your energy bill and
for the environment.
Luminaires
Luminaires that have earned the ENERGY STAR symbol
combine high performance, quality and the highest
levels of energy efficiency.
Fluorescent or light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires are
available in hundreds of decorative styles, giving homeowners access to a whole new
assortment of fashionable, energy-efficient lighting products in various price ranges.
Why should you consider ENERGY STAR qualified luminaires when renovating,
remodelling or building a new home? They are not only designed to meet the
efficiency requirements of the future but also come with a two-year warranty
(double the industry standard). And you do not need to sacrifice versatility –
Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting products
ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures are available with the same convenient features
as standard fixtures, such as dimming on some indoor models and automatic
daylight shut-off and motion sensors on outdoor models.
Ceiling fans
Aside from being safer, an ENERGY STAR
Qualified ceiling fans move
qualified torchiere (ceiling-directed floor
air 20 percent more efficiently
lamp) uses about $35 less electricity in a
than standard models, due
year than a comparable halogen fixture.
to efficient motors and
improved blade design. Plus,
qualified ceiling fans with light kits are about
50 percent more efficient than conventional
models, and the light kits produce about 75 percent
less heat. Perfect for our warm summers!
Compact fluorescent lamps
Aside from their impressive energy savings and versatility, ENERGY STAR qualified
compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are rated to last up to 10 times longer than regular
incandescent bulbs, making frequent bulb changes a thing of the past – a real bonus
for hard-to-reach fixtures. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs must also meet strict
specifications for quality, light colour and brightness.
When purchasing light bulbs, keep in mind
that the wattage rating is not a measure of
light output – rather, it is a measure of the
amount of energy the bulb uses. Light output
is measured in lumens. As the following table
shows, a CFL uses a lot less electricity to
produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb.
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Standard incandescent bulb
ENERGY STAR qualified CFL
Minimum light output
(watts)
(approximate equivalent watts)
(lumens)
40
9–13
450
60
13–15
800
75
18–25
1100
100
23–30
1600
150
30–52
2600
This table is provided as a guide only. Check the product packaging to determine the equivalent wattage.
When installing CFLs outdoors, check the
package for the low temperature rating to
ensure that the light suits your local climate.
CFLs installed outdoors should be enclosed
in fixtures to protect them from the cold,
wind and humidity.
CFLs contain a small amount of
mercury – one fifth the amount found in
a button cell battery and only 1 percent
of the mercury used in dental fillings.
Like paint, batteries, thermostats and
household chemicals, CFLs should
be disposed of safely, according to
municipal guidelines.
Light-emitting diodes
More and more, light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
are available for residential applications, such
as desktop or direct lighting, under-cabinet
lighting, recessed downlights, display lighting
and outdoor lighting.
The design of LED products is crucial to good performance.
Look for LED luminaires and bulbs that are ENERGY STAR
qualified. They meet high performance criteria: They must
equal the brightness of other light fixtures, distribute light well,
maintain consistent light output over their rated lifetimes and
have excellent colour quality. Their efficacy must be equal to,
or better than, fluorescent lighting.
Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting products
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The following table is a quick reference of the most common lamp types, comparing
energy use, life, and how each is typically used.
Lamp type
Energy use
LED
Low
Life (hr)
Application
25 000*
Accent, task, decorative
CFL
Low
10 000
Ambient, task
Linear fluorescent
Low
20 000
Ambient, task
Halogen infrared
Medium
3 000
Accent, task
Standard incandescent
High
1 000
Task, accent, decorative
Halogen incandescent
High
4 000
Accent, task
Note: Due to rapid lighting technology changes, you should confirm the latest data from suppliers.
* Long-life LEDs are still under testing.
Decorative light strings
LED decorative light strings come in a variety of colours, shapes and lengths.
While LED lights may cost more than incandescent bulbs, they can pay for themselves
with energy savings in two
seasons or less.
The amount of electricity consumed by just
LED lights are more durable
than incandescent bulbs.
They are shock-resistant
and last up to 10 times
longer.
one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power
140 LED bulbs.
To ensure quality and durability, look for a
brand that bears the ENERGY STAR symbol
when purchasing seasonal LED lights. They
not only offer a three-year warranty but
also use about 90 percent less energy than
incandescent light strings.
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Major household appliances
If you were to replace your 2000 model
refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR qualified
2009 model, you would save more than
283 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and about
$28 in electricity costs per year. This equates to
a savings of $509 over the lifetime of the appliance.
Your refrigerator uses electricity 24 hours a day, seven
days a week – and that is a
good reason to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol to make
sure you are purchasing a top
energy performer.
ENERGY STAR qualified household appliances use less energy
than conventional ones, offer equal or superior performance
and save you money – sometimes a lot of money. Refrigerators
are big energy consumers in the home, so it pays to shop
around.
The first step when buying a refrigerator is to select the right
size (capacity) for your needs. Then look for the ENERGY STAR
symbol to lock in long-term energy savings.
ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers are the
top energy performers in their class. Superior design, better insulation and highefficiency compressors help to improve energy efficiency. Most use more than
50 percent less energy than models
manufactured in the 1990s.
Check the temperature settings on your
refrigerator and freezer. Keep the refrigerator
temperature between 1.7°C (35°F) and 3.3°C
(38°F) and keep the freezer compartment at
−18°C (0°F) for maximum efficiency and food
safety.
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Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified HOUSEHOLD appliances
Of course, you will save money with a new ENERGY STAR qualified model only if
you get rid of your old refrigerator. Moving it to the basement or garage defeats
the purpose of buying an energy-efficient replacement model. Think of it this way –
you won’t be plugging your old refrigerator into the wall, you will be plugging it
into your wallet.
Average annual electricity use of new refrigerators (kWh/yr)
1990
1997
2001
2009
Top-mounted (16.5–18.4 cu. ft.)
1044
664
572
439
ENERGY STAR qualified
–
–
440
382
ENERGY STAR qualified
Eighty-five percent of the electricity required
dishwashers are at
to operate a dishwasher is used to heat the
least 9 percent more
economical to operate
water – so the less water a machine uses per
than those that meet
cycle, the better.
the federal minimum
energy efficiency standard. New ENERGY STAR criteria that will
come into effect in late 2011 will require dishwashers to be even
more efficient.
Today’s dishwashers are much more energy-efficient than
those of past years. Believe it or not, ENERGY STAR qualified
dishwashers actually use less hot water than when you
wash the dishes by hand.
If your dishwasher is at the end of its useful life, look for
the ENERGY STAR symbol when shopping for a new model.
It is your assurance of a machine that far exceeds the
minimum requirement for energy efficiency in Canada and that will deliver energy
and cost savings for as long as you own it.
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ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers
Always let your dishes air dry (turn off the
enjoy the benefits of advanced technological features and use less energy
“heat dry” option).
and less hot water. Some dishwashers
feature “intelligent sensors” that
determine the length of the wash cycle and the level of hot water required for
the load of dishes to be washed. They may also be equipped with a built-in
heating element to raise the water temperature.
Average annual electricity use of new dishwashers (kWh/yr)
1990
1997
2001
2009
Standard
1026
649
634
325
ENERGY STAR qualified
–
–
534
322
In the laundry room
Surveys show that the average family does approximately seven loads of laundry
each week. That amounts to a lot of hot water, a lot of energy and a lot of
money.
Through superior design, 2011 ENERGY STAR qualified
clothes washers help you save money on utility bills by using
59 percent less energy than those that meet Canada’s
minimum energy efficiency standard and 35 to 50 percent
less water than conventional models. And they get your
clothes just as clean!
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Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified HOUSEHOLD appliances
ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers feature
• sensors that prevent energy waste by matching water needs to the size
of each load
• advanced high-speed motors that reduce the length of spin cycles and remove
more water from clothes, so less time and energy are needed for drying
Both front- and top-loading
Using the cold wash option (high-efficiency
clothes washers can qualify
detergents are formulated for cold-water
to bear the ENERGY STAR
washing) will mean even more savings from
symbol. Whatever your
your ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer.
preference, make sure your
next clothes washer is
ENERGY STAR qualified, to help ease the burden of all that laundry.
Average annual electricity use of new clothes washers (kWh/yr)
1990
1997
2001
2009
Standard
1218
930
905
332
ENERGY STAR qualified
–
–
304
251
Savings generated by purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer can be
$113 over its life expectancy (14 years). Not only that, but as the cost of electricity
increases, so does your savings.
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Non-qualified
standard clothes washer
ENERGY STAR
qualified clothes washer
Annual electricity use
332 kWh
251 kWh
Annual energy cost
332 × $0.10 = $33.20
251 × $0.10 = $25.10
Lifetime energy cost
$33.20 × 14 = $464.80
$25.10 × 14 = $351.40
Currently, there are no ENERGY STAR performance levels for clothes
dryers. When shopping for a dryer, look for the lowest EnerGuide rating.
If you are buying a new dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor. The machine
will turn off automatically when the laundry is dry.
Water coolers use about the same amount of energy as
compact refrigerators.
Water coolers are becoming common in Canadian homes. Some models
consume significantly more energy than others to deliver the same
result. To avoid pouring money down the drain, look for the ENERGY
STAR symbol when buying or leasing a water cooler. To qualify for
the ENERGY STAR symbol, water coolers must meet strict technical
requirements that place them at “the top of the class” in terms of
energy performance.
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windows, doors and skylights
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Windows, doors and skylights
Windows, doors and
skylights can add
character and style to
a home, but they can
also be a significant
source of heat loss
and discomfort.
Professionally installed ENERGY STAR qualified residential windows, doors and skylights
can reduce your annual heating and cooling
costs by up to 16 percent. They reduce or
eliminate cold drafts and condensation on
the glass in the winter and keep hot air out
and cool air in during the summer.
When buying a new home
or replacing windows, doors
or skylights for an existing
dwelling, use the ENERGY STAR symbol to help you select
models that will save you money and keep your house
comfortable year-round.
What makes the difference? ENERGY STAR qualified
windows, doors and skylights have many of the following
features:
• double or triple glazing with a sealed insulating glass unit
• low-emissivity (low-E) glass
• inert gas, such as argon or krypton, in the sealed unit
• low-conductivity or “warm edge” spacer bars
• insulated frames, sashes and door cores
• good airtightness
Climate conditions vary from one part of Canada
to another – and so do the qualification criteria for
ENERGY STAR for windows, doors and skylights.
To qualify, these products are tested for their thermal
performance and airtightness. The colder the climate,
the tougher the qualification requirements.
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But do not worry – ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors and
does all of the technical work for
you, making it easy to identify products
skylights are certified by an accredited indethat will suit your climate. Simply
pendent agency for their energy performance
consult the ENERGY STAR climate
and quality.
zone map to find
the zone where you live (see the map on this page). Then
check the ENERGY STAR label to make sure the product
qualifies in your zone. To save even more money and
energy, buy a product that qualifies for ENERGY STAR in a
colder zone (Zone A is the mildest and Zone D is the
coldest).
ZONE D
ZONE C
ZONE B
ZONE A
ENERGY STAR Climate Zone Map
Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified
windows, doors and skylights
ENERGY STAR labels for
windows, doors and skylights
come in various formats, each
of which indicates the climate
zone (or zones) where the
product is qualified. To ensure
an energy-efficient purchase,
look for any of these labels in
dealer showrooms, on Web
sites or in product literature.
If your old windows are single- or doubleglazed without low-E and argon gas but are
in good condition (i.e. they do not need to be
replaced), you may be able to add a storm
window to get an extra layer of protection.
Adding a storm door can also improve airtightness around entrances.
Qualified for area indicated.
Admissible pour les régions indiquées.
Canada
1 800 387-2000
energystar.nrcanrncan.gc.ca
= Zones A B C
Qualified for area indicated.
Admissible pour les régions indiquées.
Canada
energystar.nrcanrncan.gc.ca
U.S. / É.U.
energystar.gov
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= Qualified/Admissible
Canada • Zones
ABCD
energystar.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca
Examples of labels
for windows, doors
and skylights
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Home heating
and cooling equipment
Installing one of today’s energy-efficient furnaces can reduce your home-heating costs
by up to 25 percent per year. Depending on
the efficiency of your old furnace, you could
recover the higher initial cost of your new
high-efficiency system in about seven years.
Unless you have discovered a
magic heat source, well over
half of your annual energy bills
go toward keeping your home
warm and comfortable in winter.
That is not to mention the money
you may be spending to cool your
home in summer.
But do not despair – help is available! Heating and cooling systems that display
the ENERGY STAR symbol use less energy than new non-qualified equipment –
and they will use a lot less energy than old equipment that may be installed in
your home now.
What is the bottom line? ENERGY STAR qualified heating
and cooling systems work just as well as conventional
products (or better) and will begin saving you money as
soon as they are installed. Look for the ENERGY STAR
symbol to make sure you are getting the best return for
your heating and cooling dollars.
A new high-efficiency oil or gas furnace uses less energy –
so why not start saving today?
Save additional energy and money by installing
a programmable thermostat. Setting your
home’s temperature back a few degrees when
you are at work or asleep overnight provides
optimal savings.
If your heating system is nearing the
end of its expected life, why wait for
it to fail and leave you out in the cold?
Replacing it now with an ENERGY
STAR qualified model will save you
money and give you peace of mind.
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home heating and cooling equipment
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To qualify for ENERGY STAR:
• The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) requirement for oil furnaces
is 85 percent.
• Oil- and gas-fired boilers must have an AFUE of 85 percent or higher
(many units are also used to heat domestic water as an integrated system).
• For gas and propane furnaces, the regulated minimum energy performance
levels are currently the same as ENERGY STAR levels in Canada. This category
is suspended until February 1, 2012, when the revised ENERGY STAR specification for gas and propane furnaces comes into effect. The revised specification
requires qualifying furnaces to have an AFUE of 95 percent or higher. The
energy consumption of the furnace fan must be no more than 2 percent of the total energy consumption of the furnace.
Before replacing your furnace, make sure your home is properly sealed against
air leaks. By sealing the home first, you will be able to reduce its heat load
requirement and purchase a more accurately sized furnace or boiler. The right-size
equipment will run at peak
efficiency, saving you even
more money.
Keep your furnace well maintained, and
change or clean furnace filters every few
months. Dirty air filters block airflow and
can damage the heat exchanger.
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Not all air conditioners are created equally – some models use far
more energy than others to get the job done.
Significant improvements have been made in
air-conditioning technology over the past 15 years.
Although many Canadians consider this equipment
to be a necessity, it does not have to be a drain on
your budget.
You can achieve affordable, efficient and
effective home cooling on hot summer days
by purchasing an air-conditioning system
bearing the ENERGY STAR symbol.
The ENERGY STAR symbol is your assurance
that a room air conditioner is at least
10 percent more energy-efficient than
conventional models.
An ENERGY STAR
qualified central air
conditioner is about 8 percent more energy-efficient
than a non-qualified system. With either option,
choosing ENERGY STAR ensures you will come out ahead.
A heat pump can provide year-round climate
control in some regions of Canada, heating your
home in winter and cooling it in summer.
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home heating and cooling equipment
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Installing an ENERGY STAR qualified heat pump that is sized correctly for your
home can deliver substantial energy savings, increase household comfort and
reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
An air-source heat pump absorbs heat from the outdoor
air in winter and transfers it to your home; in summer,
the cycle is reversed. ENERGY STAR qualified air-source
heat pumps are about 6 percent more energy-efficient
for heating and about 8 percent more efficient for cooling
than standard models.
A properly installed unit
When replacing an air conditioner or a heat
will ensure that your new
air conditioner or heat
pump, make sure you dispose of the old one
pump performs at ENERGY
properly, so chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are
STAR stated levels. Ask your
recycled and reused. Never send an old air
installer to check your new
conditioner to a landfill site.
unit for the proper refrigerant level and airflow.
For split systems, ENERGY STAR qualified units must have matched indoor and
outdoor units. Set your air conditioner at 25°C (77°F) when you are home, and
set it higher when you go out (a programmable thermostat makes this easy to
do). For each degree you operate an air conditioner below 25°C (77°F), you use
from 3 to 5 percent more energy.
Ground-source heat pumps use the thermal energy of the ground or groundwater
to provide a source of heating or cooling for a home. ENERGY STAR qualified systems,
depending on the category, are typically 10 to 50 percent more energy-efficient
than non-qualified equipment.
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Fans and dehumidifiers
Ceiling and ventilation fans
ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans move air up to 20 percent more efficiently
than standard models. If your ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fan does not include
lighting and you wish to add it, be sure to purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified
light kit, with either pin- or screw-based CLFs.
A 60-watt (W) ceiling fan costs between 10¢ and
$2 to operate monthly, while an air conditioner
can cost between $7.50 and $41 a month. Fans
do not actually cool a room; they cool you by
circulating air.
To qualify for ENERGY STAR, a ceiling
fan with lighting must be 50 percent
more energy-efficient than a standard
fan/light combination and must move
air up to 20 percent more efficiently
than a standard model.
ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation
fans, such as those found in range hoods and bathrooms, typically use about
65 percent less energy than standard models. Better blade design enables them
to move more air more efficiently, and their high-performance motors last longer.
A minimum one-year warranty is required, and noise levels cannot exceed strict
criteria set according to the type of fan.
If a ventilating fan contains a light fixture,
the total lamp wattage must not exceed 50 W.
Fans with a night light must use a bulb that
consumes 4 W or less.
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Residential dehumidifiers
Portable residential dehumidifiers may also display the ENERGY STAR symbol if they
perform at high levels of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifiers
use about 15 percent less energy to remove the same amount of moisture as
conventional units.
The energy efficiency of a dehumidifier is measured by
its energy factor (EF), or the amount of water it removes
per kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy used. The EF is usually
found on the nameplate of the unit. The higher the EF,
the more energy-efficient the unit. To qualify for ENERGY
STAR, standard-capacity dehumidifiers (up to 35.5 litres of
water removal per day) must have an EF between 1.20
and 1.80, depending on their capacity. High-capacity units
must have an EF of 2.5 or higher.
Water removal capacity
(L/day)
(pints/day)
Minimum energy factor
(L/kWh)
Standard-capacity dehumidifiers
≤11.8
≤25
1.20
>11.8 to ≤16.6
>25 to ≤35
1.40
>16.6 to ≤21.3
>35 to ≤45
1.50
>21.3 to ≤25.5
>45 to ≤54
1.60
>25.5 to <35.5
>54 to <75
1.80
High-capacity dehumidifiers
≥35.5 to ≤87.5
≥75 to ≤185
2.50
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The following table can be used as a guide when selecting a standard-capacity
dehumidifier for residential use.
Area to be dehumidified
Humidity conditions*
(moisture accumulation per day) (L)
Square meters
Damp1
Wet2
Very wet3
46 m2 (500 sq. ft.)
6
7
8
93 m2 (1000 sq. ft.)
8
9
11
139 m (1500 sq. ft.)
10
12
14
186 m2 (2000 sq. ft.)
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15
18
232 m2 (2500 sq. ft.)
15
18
21
279 m2 (3000 sq. ft.)
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Damp – An area that feels damp and where a musty odour prevails, especially in humid weather.
Damp spots may appear on the walls and floor.
2
Wet – The space feels and smells wet, walls or floor sweat, or seepage is present.
3
Very wet – Walls sweat, and the floor is almost always wet.
*If capacity is not measured in metric units, remember that two pints are equivalent to approximately one litre.
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home entertainment equipment
Home entertainment equipment
Today’s entertainment systems
are complex. A typical system
might include a television; disc
players for CD, DVD and Blu-ray;
audio amplifiers; external CD or
MP3 connectors; and a set-top box
to deliver a cable signal. These
systems use energy, many even
when they are turned off.
That energy adds up. A recent California study says that television-related activity
can consume as much as 10 percent of the energy used by an average household
in the state. Canadians’ consumption is probably comparable, given that we average
more than two televisions per household. Such consumption not only raises our
energy costs but also puts unnecessary strain on our electricity infrastructure.
The bigger a television screen, the more energy
it uses. A 52-inch (in.) liquid crystal display (LCD)
uses about twice as much power as a 32-in.
model. The type of television you buy makes a
difference, too. Plasma televisions can use as
much as two to three times the electricity to
produce an image of the same brightness as
an LCD model. Add in other devices, and your
energy consumption creeps up. Even when your system is powered down, energy
continues to flow into it. Known as standby power, this uninterrupted supply of
electricity powers such features as clocks, timers, remote controls and set-top
boxes that are always on or ready to receive information.
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What can you do to reduce your system’s
energy consumption?
• Only buy what you know you will need.
Limit your devices to ones you know you
will really use.
•Pick a screen and sound system that
fits with the size of your viewing or
listening area.
•Make sure your television’s brightness
setting is on “home mode.” It uses about 25 percent less energy than the brighter setting that retailers use for display.
•Plug all your devices into a power bar that you can easily reach, and switch it
off when you are not using your system.
Look for the ENERGY STAR symbol when
you shop and when you choose a cable
service provider. That way you will be
sure you are getting the best return
for your energy dollar from your home
entertainment system. Stringent specifications on ENERGY STAR qualified
equipment apply to most of the ways
your system can use energy, whether
it is for imaging, stand-by power, audio
amplification and more. ENERGY
STAR is available for a full range of the
products you will need to make your
entertainment experience enjoyable,
economic and energy-efficient.
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Home office equipment
Computers are a common feature
in Canadian homes today – but
convenience comes at a cost.
Whether members of your household use a
computer to work at home, bank and shop
on-line, surf the Web or stay in touch with family and friends, this piece of equipment probably gets used every day.
Unfortunately, computers
can use a lot of power. One
way to minimize their impact
on your electricity bill is to
choose a computer system
and other home office
equipment that carry the
ENERGY STAR symbol.
ENERGY STAR qualified computers will help
you save even more energy and money, thanks
to a new ENERGY STAR specification that
includes strict energy efficiency requirements
in active mode, as well as in sleep mode.
ENERGY STAR qualified computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers
and other business machines automatically switch to sleep mode when they are
turned on but have not
been actively used for a preAn ENERGY STAR qualified computer in sleep
set period. Some of these
mode uses only a fraction of the electricity used
products must have two
by a typical model without enabled power
sleep modes to qualify for
management features. Computers that operate
ENERGY STAR.
in low-power mode much of the time not only
save energy but also run cooler and last longer.
So make sure these features are activated.
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If you are not in the market for a completely new
system, consider replacing just the monitor. An
ENERGY STAR qualified LCD flat-panel monitor
can be up to 20 percent more energy-efficient
than conventional models.
Are you buying a new computer? Consider a laptop. Laptops are designed to be
more energy-efficient than desktops due to their size and portability. Laptops
may seem to be more expensive, but
remember, you are getting both a
Plug your home office equipment such as
processing unit and a monitor, and
a computer, monitor, speakers, printer and
you will save money on energy costs.
scanner into a power bar that you can turn
off easily when the equipment is not in use.
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Learn more
Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency offers information to help
Canadians become more energy-efficient at home, at work and on the road.
Visit our Web sites:
• energystar.nrcan.gc.ca
• oee.nrcan.gc.ca
To obtain additional free copies of this publication or other
publications on energy efficiency, please contact:
Energy Publications
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
c/o St. Joseph Communications
Order Processing Unit
1165 Kenaston Street
PO Box 9809 Stn T
Ottawa ON K1G 6S1
Tel.: 1-800-387-2000 (toll-free)
Fax: 613-740-3114
TTY: 613-996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired)
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The ENERGY STAR® symbol can
be displayed in various ways:
Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency
Leading Canadians to Energy Efficiency at Home,
at Work and on the Road
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