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Appliance Buying Tips

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Appliance Buying Tips

One of the easiest ways to select an energy efficient appliance is to check the label. ENERGY STAR® labeled appliances are the most energy efficient on the market and help you save money on your energy bill.


The winning team of ENERGY STAR® and EnerGuide

The international ENERGY STAR® symbol works together with another important energy efficiency initiative: Canada’s EnerGuide Program. EnerGuide provides a basis for comparing the energy efficiency of the many different models of household appliances, or heating and cooling products sold in Canada. Before a major household appliance can carry an EnerGuide label, the appliance must be tested for its energy performance. These tests establish how much energy the appliance consumes under average conditions and whether it meets minimum energy-efficiency standards set out by the Energy Efficiency Act.

For some of these products, ENERGY STAR® goes one step further and identifies specific models that meet or exceed premium levels of energy efficiency, based on specific criteria endorsed by Natural Resources Canada.

Many manufacturers are adding the ENERGY STAR® mark to the EnerGuide label to identify their most efficient clothes washers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. While EnerGuide tells you how much energy the appliance uses, an ENERGY STAR® rating identifies the most energy efficient appliances.

Find out how to read the EnerGuide label >>>


The benefits of buying ENERGY STAR® appliances

This section outlines the many benefits or reasons why ENERGY STAR® labeled appliances are the best choice for managing energy costs.

ENERGY STAR® labeled clothes washers

  • Use 35-50% less water than standard models, saving 14,000 to 22,000 litres of water a year;
  • Reduce overall energy use by up to 50% by having to heat less water;
  • Have higher spin speeds, therefore less time and energy are needed to dry clothes;
  • Have no agitator, therefore more space is available for clothes; and,
  • Have sensors that prevent energy waste by matching the water needs to the size of each load.

ENERGY STAR® labeled refrigerators

  • Use 50% less electricity than a standard 10 year old fridge;
  • Are better insulated and have precise temperature settings and defrost mechanisms;
  • Are quieter with more efficient compressors; and,
  • Exceed minimum Government of Canada energy efficiency standards by at least 15%.

ENERGY STAR® labeled freezers

  • Standard-size freezers exceed minimum Government of Canada energy efficiency standards by at least 10%; and
  • Compact freezer models must exceed minimum Government of Canada energy efficiency standards by at least 20%.

ENERGY STAR® labeled dishwashers

  • Are at least 41% more efficient than the minimum federal standard;
  • Some have smart sensors to adjust the wash cycle to match the load and therefore use less hot water; and,
  • Use a more effective washing action.

Other major appliances

Here are some buying tips and energy efficient features to look for when purchasing other major appliances.

Dryers

  • Choose a full-size dryer that has a moisture sensor to prevent over-drying. This sensor will trigger an automatic shut-off when clothes are dry.
  • Look for the saving energy, permanent-press or "cool down" cycle, which will shut off heat during the end of the cycle, saving energy.

Ranges

  • Consider models with a self-cleaning oven, as they have more insulation, resulting in greater efficiency.
  • Consider purchasing a convection oven. With heated air continuously circulated around food, the even heat distribution and temperatures mean
    faster cooking times, and lower energy use.
  • If you are a cook who likes to peek in the oven, buy a model with a window. Opening the oven door during cooking causes a 20% loss of heat.


The total cost of an appliance

An appliance's life-cycle cost is the most realistic measure of its true cost because it takes into account the purchase price and the operating cost.

Two "price tags"

Although energy efficient appliances sometimes cost more initially, the energy savings on your electricity bill can often make up for the initial cost. One way to look at whether purchasing energy efficient appliances makes sense is to think of the appliance as having 2 price tags.

When both of these values are considered, an item that costs less to purchase may end up costing considerably more in the long term because of its high operating costs.

 

Calculate your total lifecycle costs.

Step 1

Cost of Energy x kWh (kilowatt hours) per year = Estimated annual energy cost

Note: The average cost of electricity in Yukon is approximately13¢ per kWh. You will find the estimated kWh consumption per year on the EnerGuide label.
Example: 0.13 x 200 kWh = $26.00 Estimated annual energy cost

Step 2

Purchase Price + (Average lifespan x Estimated annual energy cost) = Total lifecycle cost

Step 3

Total lifecycle cost ÷ Average lifespan = Average annual expense for appliance

 

Operating Cost Comparisons:

Refrigerator and freezer

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Old refrigerator (10 cu ft) with manual defrost 479 40 $5.20
ENERGY STAR® labeled manual defrost refrigerator (10 cu ft) 295 28 $3.64
Old frost-free refrigerator-freezer (16–18 cu ft) 1044 87 $11.32
ENERGY STAR® auto-defrost refrigerator-freezer (16-18 cu ft) 450 38 $4.94
Old chest-type freezer manual defrost (12–15 cu ft) 658 55 $7.16
ENERGY STAR® chest-type freezer (12–15 cu ft) 326 27 $3.51
Old upright freezer manual defrost (12–15 cu ft) 992 83 $10.80
ENERGY STAR® upright freezer manual defrost
(12-15 cu ft)
524 44 $5.72

 

Cooking

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Electric Range: (usage varies widely)
Manually Cleaned Oven

784 65 $8.46
Electric Range: (usage varies widely)
Self-cleaning oven (1 cleaning/month)
754 63 $8.20
Microwave oven (30 min/day at full power) 218 18 $2.34
Electric frying pan (12 times per month) 140 12 $1.56
Coffee maker (40 times/month) 117 10 $1.30
Toaster oven (12 hours/month) 250 21 $2.73
Dishwasher (energy to heat water only)
using dry cycle (1 time a day)
270 22 $2.86
Dishwasher (energy to heat water only)
without dry cycle (1 time a day)
120 10 $1.30

 

Laundry

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Dryer (1 load/day) 910 76 $9.89
Top-loading washer (33 loads/month, including
electrically heated hot water)
881 73 $9.50
Front-loading washer (33 loads/month, including
electrically heated hot water)
264 22 $2.86
Iron (2 hours per week) 104 9 $1.17

 

Lighting

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

4 - 100 watt incandescent lamps, lit for 5 hours every day 730 61 $7.94
2 - 40 watt fluorescent lamps in a fixture, lit for 5 hours every day (provide light equal to 4 - 100 watt incandescent lamps) 146 14.5 $1.89
2 - energy-efficient, 34 watt fluorescent lamps in a fixture, lit for 5 hours every day (provide light equal to 2 - 40 watt fluorescent lamps or incandescent lamp totaling 400 watts) 124 10.3 $1.34
2 - 32 watt T8 fluorescent lamps in a fixture, with electronic ballast lit for 5 hours every day (provide light equal to 2 - 40 watt fluorescent lamps or incandescent lamps totaling 400 watts) 116 9.7 $1.26

 

Entertainment

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Colour TV, solid state (5 hours/day) 364 30 $3.90
Stereo (3 hours/day) 109 9 $1.17
Clock radio (3 hours/day) 4 0.3 $0.04

 

Computer

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Computer & monitor (8 hours every weekday) 189 16 $2.08
Laser printer standard (8 hours every weekday) 282 24 $3.12

 

Personal care and comfort

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Waterbed (any size) 1,200 100 $13.01
Portable space heater (1,000 watts) 600 50 $6.51
Electric blanket (double size) 120 10 $1.30

 

Other

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Furnace fan 1,200 100 $13.01
Vacuum cleaner (4 times/month for 1 hour) 36 3 $0.39
Electric lawn mower (4 to 5 times/month for 1 hour) 52 4 $0.52
Car warmer (80 hours/year in 4 months of seasonal use) 72 18 $2.34
Block heater (320 hours/year in 4 months of seasonal use) 96 24 $3.12

 

Electric water heating

Average kWh used each year (kWh)

Monthly kWh used each month (kWh)

Monthly cost at $.1301/kWh ($)

Standard electric water heater (Energy Factor = 0.86): for a household of 2 2,408 200 $26.02
Standard electric water heater (Energy Factor = 0.86): for a household of 4 4,816 400 $52.04
Energy-efficient electric water heater (Energy Factor = 0.92): for a household of 2 2,251 188 $24.46
Energy-efficient electric water heater (Energy Factor = 0.92): for a household of 4 4,502 375 $48.79

Contact Us

Energy Solutions Centre
206A Lowe St., 1st Floor
Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada)
Y1A 1W6

Phone: (867) 393-7063
Fax: (867) 393-7061
Email: esc@gov.yk.ca