Reading the label—EnerGuide
Rating and comparing energy performance
The EnerGuide label is a valuable tool for consumers. It gives you key energy-related information about the product and allows you to compare the energy performance of a product among a range of similar models.
Depending on the product type, the label may take the form of a tag or a graphic in product literature.
Read the EnerGuide label carefully, using the following steps.
EnerGuide label for appliances
Compare “apples to apples”
Check the label for type and size information to be sure you are comparing models that truly are similar.
Check the number
For appliances, the number is a measure of consumption, not efficiency: the lower the number, the better.
For heating and cooling equipment, the number is a measure of efficiency: the higher the number, the better.
Use the scale
The scale identifies, at a glance, the model’s energy performance compared to similar models.
- For appliances, the further left the pointer is on the scale, the better.
- For heating and cooling equipment, the further right, the better.
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