EnerGuide and Energy Efficiency Regulations – Part 4 of our EnerGuide Series

Welcome to part four of our EnerGuide series!

Part one explained what EnerGuide was and why it was important to the average consumer.

Part two explained how to properly read an EnerGuide label.

Part Three discussed EnerGuide homes and the benefits of efficient home ownership.

Today, in part four, we will talk about the Energy Efficiency Regulations that help create the EnerGuide label.

According to the Natural Resources Canada website, “EnerGuide works in concert with Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations and the ENERGY STAR® Initiative in Canada to promote energy efficiency in the Canadian marketplace.”

Without these Energy Efficiency Regulations there would be no EnerGuide. The main goal of these regulations is to set minimum standard energy-performance levels for a variety of products. Natural Resources Canada is in charge of collecting this data and deciding how to best put it to use. This data helps Natural Resources Canada amend the regulations so that minimum standards can be adjusted as better technology produces more efficient equipment.

The regulations have been modified just shy of one dozen times since the original Energy Efficiency Regulations came into effect in 1995. These regulations cover a very broad spectrum and understanding even some of them will give you a greater appreciation for what kind of information is used to create EnerGuide labels.

Here are three things you may not know about Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations:

  • They don’t just regulate completed products – We know that these regulations play a big part in how a final product is rated by EnerGuide, but the process goes a lot deeper than that. Any component that could be used in a final product can and will be put to the test. Natural Resources Canada wants to make sure that all components run at a high efficiency and therefore will have minimal impact on the environment.
  • The act is continually raising the minimum allowed efficiency rating – Since every component and product is thoroughly tested, manufacturers can constantly refine their products by using more energy-efficient components. This fact is not lost on Natural Resources Canada; they continue to bump the minimum efficiency allowance higher as new technology comes into play.
  • Energy Efficiency Regulations play a large part in Canada’s climate change agenda – While Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions (per capita) are not the highest in the world, we are still not the most eco-friendly country on the planet. By helping consumers make more energy efficient choices through programs such as the EnerGuide labeling system, Canada’s overall carbon footprint will get smaller as older equipment is replaced by consumers.

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