Whirlpool, Manitoba Hydro, EnerQuality among Energy Star Canada Awards 2016
By Renée Francoeur
The awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated excellence in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient products and technology available on the market. They are presented to manufacturers, retailers, utility providers, advocates, and new homebuilders that have shown leadership in manufacturing and promoting energy-efficient products.
EnerQuality, which designs and delivers green building programs to the homebuilding industry, received two awards, one in Sustained Excellence and another as Participant of the Year—Program Delivery.
“EnerQuality is thrilled to be recognized by the government of Canada for our work with the Energy Star program and very proud of the impact it has had on Canadian housing,” said Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality.
The company noted it has labelled thousands of Energy Star-qualified homes in the past year, delivering two key market transformation programs on behalf of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas.
Hydro Ottawa also took home an award, with CEO Bryce Conrad noting the utility is “constantly working to reach customers in innovative ways to share the benefits of conservation, whether it’s through our Energy Coach YouTube series or attending local workshops and events.” He added, “this recognition is encouragement for us to continue to give energy efficiency a starring role.”
Manitoba Hydro also received an award, Utility of the Year—Provincial.
“I’d like to thank our employees who develop and promote our various Power Smart programs and our customers who have enthusiastically adopted them,” said the utility’s CEO Kevin Shepherd. “They are the reason we are being awarded for our efforts today.”
NB Powerʼs Smart Habits campaign—which helps consumers purchase products that are more energy efficient—is a double winner. “Both the promotional campaign and social media strategy have helped the program exceed its targets. The campaign slogan reflects our message to customers, ʻwhy pay for electricity you donʼt needʼ,” said NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas.
Whilpool Canada is no stranger to the Energy Star Awards, having won multiple times in the past. This year it took home the Manufacturer of the Year title again. The company said it sold more than half a million units of Energy Star-certified appliances led by a re-launch of the KitchenAid brand. With the rollout of its HybridCare clothes dryer with heat pump technology, Whirlpool also certified its first Energy Star gas dryers last year.
A full list of the winners is below.
Energy Star Awards for Products
• Sustained Excellence: Toronto Community Housing Corporation
• Advocate of the Year: Efficiency Nova Scotia
• Promotional Campaign of the Year and Campaign of the Year—Social Media: NB Power
• Utility of the Year—Provincial: Manitoba Hydro
• Utility of the Year—Regional: Hydro Ottawa Ltd.
• Recruit of the Year: Independent Electricity System Operator
• Manufacturer of the Year—Appliances: Whirlpool Canada LP
• Manufacturer of the Year—Electronics and Promoter of the Year—Energy Star Most Efficient: Samsung Electronics Canada
• Manufacturer of the Year—Windows and Doors: JELD-WEN of Canada
• Manufacturer of the Year—Heating and Cooling Equipment: LG Electronics Canada
• Manufacturer of the Year—Lighting: L’Image Home Products Inc.
• Retailer of the Year—National: The Home Depot Canada
• Retailer of the Year—Regional: Corbeil Appliances
Energy Star Awards for New Homes