The international ENERGY STAR® symbol is a simple way for consumers to identify products that are among the most energy-efficient on the market. Only manufacturers and retailers whose products meet the ENERGY STAR® criteria can label their products with this symbol. Choosing an ENERGY STAR®-labeled product over a conventional model could save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs.

But there is more to ENERGY STAR® than saving money. The use of energy-efficient products can also help save the environment. In many parts of Canada, fossil fuels are often burned to produce electricity. The burning of fossil fuels is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – a leading cause of climate change – and other pollutants that contribute to urban smog and acid rain. When you use less energy by selecting energy-efficient products, less electricity needs to be produced. Thus you are reducing GHG emissions and promoting cleaner air as well.

Home heating equipment such as furnaces or water heaters that burns fossil fuels directly will also produce less GHG emissions and other pollutants when they are more energy efficient, making for a cleaner, greener community.