Canadian Appliance Standards to Change
Mar 1, 2005
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Tougher energy efficiency standards for some Canadian household appliances have been proposed by the province of Ontario to help conserve energy.

Energy Minister Dwight Duncan has introduced new energy-efficiency standards that would increase the minimum efficiency of air-conditioners by 30 percent and eliminate production of about 50 percent of the least efficient models currently available in Ontario.

"Consumers will be able to save money by choosing more efficient products instead of energy-guzzling appliances," Mr. Duncan said in a news release. “Increasing the efficiency of products such as air-conditioners will help consumers lower their electricity bills, reduce our reliance on coal-fired electricity, and clean up our air.”

The draft regulation, filed under Ontario’s Energy Efficiency Act and posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment, was drafted with input from manufacturers, utilities, retailers, consumer groups, and government.

It proposes new standards for large residential gas-fired furnaces, street and industrial lighting ballasts, and refrigerated display cabinets.

The regulation would also set tougher standards for residential and commercial air-conditioners, household clothes washers, and household water heaters, the ministry said.

The proposal would only affect the standards for new products after set compliance dates, not equipment currently in use or on retailers’ shelves.

Peter Love, executive director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, said the new standards will help the government meet its goal of reducing energy consumption.

Mr. Duncan noted that on an average summer day, household air-conditioning use across the province can consume up to 2,500 megawatts of electricity -- equal to half the power used by all of the city of Toronto at peak demand.

“Our intent is to reduce this level of consumption by setting tougher efficiency standards for air-conditioners so that consumers can stay cool and save money, while at the same time reducing the pressure on our electricity grid,” he said. (The Chronicle-Journal)

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