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Purchasing tips

If you’re in the market for a major appliance, such as a front-loading clothes washer, fridge or freezer, look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol. Energy savings vary from one appliance to another but typically an ENERGY STAR® certified model is 10 to 50% more efficient than a conventional model.

Another guide that can help you make an energy-wise choice when shopping for a major appliance is the EnerGuide label.

Save water

Front-loading clothes washers can cut water use by up to half. By purchasing an ENERGY STAR® certified front-loading clothes washer, you could save up to 75 litres of water per wash. This translates to savings of over 28,500 litres of water per year.

Buying a new fridge

Here are some tips:

  • Decide if you really need features like a cold water or automatic ice dispenser. These can increase electricity consumption by as much as 20% compared to similar models without these extras. These features will cost you more when you buy the fridge and then again when you pay your electricity bill each month.
  • Determine the size of fridge that you need and don’t go any larger. A family of 4 needs between 16.5 and 17.5 cubic feet, and a family of 6 might choose a 20 cubic feet model.
  • Buy an ENERGY STAR® certified appliance.


Appliances often contain materials and components that are recognized as harmful to the environment such as Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). We encourage you to protect our environment and to recycle your old appliances in an environmentally friendly manner.

Please check with your local municipality for recycling options within your community.