Each nation that applies the Energy Star rating manages the testing and certification process. In Canada, Natural Resources Canada has that responsibility. Energy Star certified appliances are in the top 15% to 30% of their category for energy efficiency – and, importantly, this efficiency doesn’t come with any sacrifice in performance.
European brands have not trouble keeping up with Energy Star requirements. All of Bertazzoni’s dishwashers are Energy Star rated, as are 90% of all of Blomberg’s appliances. Zephyr, another European brand, has released three new models of Energy Star rated range hoods: the Siena Wall, the Vortex One-Piece Liner and the Twister Power Pack.
An Energy Star rating is good, but did you know that there is a Most Efficient category for top ranking appliances? Updated yearly, the list of Most Efficient appliances includes 78% of Blomberg’s laundry appliances and 55% of their dishwashers.