How to buy an appliance

In the market for new appliances? Buying the right one doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing. Knowing what to look for can help you make the best and most energy-efficient choice for you and your family. Here are some helpful pointers to guide you in the right direction.

Labels, labels everywhere

You may have noticed that appliances in a store’s showroom have multiple labels. But don’t panic – let us tell you what they really mean.


EnerGuide logo

All appliances, regardless of their efficiency, have an EnerGuide label. This label lets you know the appliance meets the minimum levels required by Canada’s energy efficiency regulations. It also estimates how much energy the appliance uses in a year, and compares its energy performance against similar models.



ENERGY STAR is an internationally-recognized program that identifies the most efficient products available for purchase. If you notice that an appliance has a blue ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it’s in the top 10 to 30% of its class in energy performance.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient logo

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation is awarded every year to products that are considered to be the “best of the best” in terms of energy efficiency and innovation. These models are generally in the top 15% of their class for energy performance.

The “second price tag”

An appliance’s price tag only tells part of the story. It’s important to consider the “second price tag,” or the cost to operate the appliance over its lifetime. Although an energy-efficient product might cost more at the register, it’ll likely save you more money over time than a less expensive and less efficient model.

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SAVE MORE with appliance rebates

Now that you’re informed and ready with useful appliance-buying tips, we want to help you out with the upfront cost. Efficiency Manitoba is offering rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified appliances. Get $100 off clothes washers (or better yet, $150 off a clothes washer/dryer pair), and $100 off super-efficient refrigerators. All you need to do is buy an eligible appliance and apply on our website – it’s that simple.

Ready to save? Check our eligible product list, buy, then apply!