EnerGuide, Canada’s Own Energy Label

Helping Canadians shop for energy efficiency EnerGuide is the official mark of the Government of Canada for its energy performance rating and labeling program for key consumer items—houses, light-duty vehicles, and certain energy-using products. Besides the well known and recognized ENERGY STAR® certification, the distinctive EnerGuide label is a familiar sight to most Canadians. We see it when we shop for new appliances, look at the literature for a new furnace, ductless mini split, or read the fine print on a light bulb package.

EnerGuide ratings are tested and verified

The EnerGuide symbol on the EnerGuide label is a registered trademark of the Government of Canada; it cannot be reproduced without permission.

The familiar symbol tells Canadians that we are looking at a government-backed program. It assures us that we can rely on the information provided on the label.

The EnerGuide label is visible proof that the product has been tested and verified to meet or exceed minimum energy performance standards set by Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations.

Since 1970, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has been a leader and Canada’s voice on standards and accreditation on the national and international stage. They drive collaboration and build relationships, promote Canadian priorities, and connect stakeholders to global networks and resources. Their goal is to improve Canadians’ quality of life and economic prosperity.

How do products get their labels?

Before a product can carry an EnerGuide label, it must be tested. The tests determine how much energy the product would use under average Canadian conditions. Different product types use different measurements.

Tests procedures are standardized to ensure that labelled products are tested according to the same criteria and that the EnerGuide rating is comparable from one label to another within the same class of products.

Similarly, the Government of Canada, whenever possible, aligns its standards and testing procedures with those in the United States. Regulated energy-consuming products imported to Canada or shipped between provinces/territories must carry an energy efficiency verification mark from a certification body accredited for energy efficiency by the Standards Council of Canada. The energy efficiency verification mark can be a small label or an addition to the product’s nameplate.

Learn about the EnerGuide label

The voluntary EnerGuide label displays the model type and SEER. The energy efficiency of an air conditioner is measured by its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER): the higher the number, the more efficient the model.

It also uses a pointer to show where that value falls on a scale of energy efficiency for similar models. In brochures that refer to more than one model or size, there may be more than one pointer on the scale. Use this indicator value and scale to see the model compared with the most efficient and least efficient models in the same class.

The ENERGY STAR® name and symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.