How to read an EnerGuide Label: Part 2 of the EnerGuide Series

egWhether you’re out shopping the season’s sales or buying for necessity’s sake, it is important to know that you are getting the most for your money. One way to do that is checking the efficiency rating on your new products.

Part two of our EnerGuide series  is going to look at how to read an EnerGuide label so you can buy smart on your next major purchase (see part one here).

EnerGuide makes it easy to compare the efficiency of a variety of different products at a glance and allows you to make the best choice for your family and home. Once you know the parameters you have to work within (like how much you want to spend and how the space is needed in the product) it is easier to narrow down what products will work for you. Here is how you can find the best product for your home:

  1. Make sure you pay attention to your EnerGuide label!

    Make sure you pay attention to your EnerGuide label!

    Type and size – first and foremost, figure out the size of appliance/product will work best in your available space. Located below the scale is the appliance’s volume (usually in ft3). It is listed so you can compare similar models. Just because two different models may look like they would have the same specifications doesn’t mean that they are the same on the inside, so make sure you pay attention to those numbers!

  2. Average kilowatt hours (kWh) used – Holding a place of honour in the centre of the label, the bar spanning across shows the average amount of energy the product will use over the course of a year. The farther to the left that the arrow sits on the bar, the lower the overall energy use.
  3. Compare your models – Every product has its pros and cons, so make sure you look at many to figure out what works best for you! If you’re buying a product that isn’t easily compared (like a furnace or other HVAC product), call a local dealer and ask some questions! We love to help people make the best decisions for their homes.
  4. Keep an eye out for ENERGY STAR – an ENERGY STAR rating means that whatever product you’re looking at, you can be assured that it is operating at very high efficiency. While not part of the actual EnerGuide label, when taken into account alongside EnerGuide it can help you make the best choice for your home.

While these guidelines are very important it can also be just as important to make sure that your new products and appliances are properly installed and maintained, giving you peak efficiency and continuing to work their best for years to come. You are investing in your home; make sure to protect that investment.

If you have a question regarding energy efficiency or would like another topic covered in our EnerGuide series, please feel free to contact us through our website, via Twitter or on our Facebook page.

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