EnerGuide and Vehicles – Part 5 of our EnerGuide Series


Welcome to part five of our EnerGuide series!

Part one explained what EnerGuide was, Part two explained how to properly read an EnerGuide label, Part Three discussed EnerGuide homes and Part Four talked about the Energy Efficiency Regulations that helped create the EnerGuide label.

Today, though, we will be looking at EnerGuide in vehicles. More recently, EnerGuide has been rating “light-duty vehicles” for their overall efficiency both in-town and on highway. These light-duty vehicles include any and all vehicles available in Canada for personal use.

According to the Natural Resources Canada website,

“EnerGuide labels should remain on new vehicles until they are sold. If a new vehicle has no label, ask the dealer for the manufacturer’s approved fuel consumption ratings for the vehicle. You can confirm the information in Natural Resources Canada’s annual Fuel Consumption Guide.”

The label is affixed to the car after manufacturing and is relatively easy to read. The 2015 label includes a small gas pump icon with one figure to either side. The figure to the left of the gas pump tells you how many litres of fuel will be consumed on average during 100 km of in-town driving. The number to the right refers to highway mileage. The pump window shows the average amount of money you can expect to spend on gas over the course of a year. Of course, your fuel consumption will vary depending factors like your driving style and how often you perform maintenance on your car, but these numbers will help give you a good idea of what you will be spending on consumption. These figures will make it easy to compare similar makes and models at a glance while making the most economical choice.

Natural Resources Canada believes strongly in making sure that they are providing the most accurate information possible to consumers. Manufacturers have recently changed the way they test vehicles for fuel-efficiency which means there is a major difference between the numbers from this year and last year. For more information, please visit the Natural Resources Canada information page.

EnerGuide is there to help you make the best choices possible in all aspects of your life, both inside your home and out. If you take the time to do a bit of searching, EnerGuide is an indispensible tool to help you live an economically sound lifestyle.

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