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The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - LAND -

• Af­ter fur­naces and wa­ter heaters, house­hold ap­pli­ances are the big­gest energy users in the av­er­age Cana­dian home.

• Ma­jor elec­tri­cal house­hold ap­pli­ances—typ­i­cally large kitchen and laun­dry ap­pli­ances—con­sume, on av­er­age, up to 14 per­cent of the to­tal energy used in the home.

• Ap­pli­ances in Canada must meet a min­i­mum stan­dard of energy ef­fi­ciency. There are many ap­pli­ances on the mar­ket to­day that are much more energy-ef­fi­cient than the min­i­mum stan­dard, and oth­ers that just barely meet it.

• An ap­pli­ance with an En­erGuide la­bel is not nec­es­sar­ily energy ef­fi­cient. The la­bel shows the ap­pli­ance's av­er­age an­nual energy con­sump­tion rat­ing and com­pares this rat­ing with that of other sim­i­lar mod­els.

• For ma­jor house­hold ap­pli­ances, the lower the kilo­watt-hour (kWh/y) rat­ing, the less energy the ap­pli­ance con­sumes, and the less it will cost to op­er­ate.

• For room air con­di­tion­ers, the higher the energy-ef­fi­ciency ra­tio (EER) is, the more energy-ef­fi­cient the unit is.

When shop­ping for ma­jor house­hold ap­pli­ances, check the En­erGuide la­bel. Once you've de­ter­mined the type of ap­pli­ance you're af­ter, choose the model with the low­est rat­ing, and save!

To or­der copies of our energy ef­fi­ciency publi­ca­tions call Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada's Of­fice of Energy Ef­fi­ciency toll-free at 1 800 387-2000, write to Energy Publi­ca­tions, Of­fice of Energy Ef­fi­ciency, c/o DLS, Ot­tawa, On­tario K1A 0S9 or visit the En­erGuide Web site at

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