OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today congratulated eight organizations for winning the 2014 ENERGY STAR® Market Transformation Awards for advancing energy efficiency. This year's recipients have excelled in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient products available on the market, helping them save money. The awards are presented to utility providers, manufacturers, retailers, advocates and home builders who have shown leadership in manufacturing and promoting energy-efficient products. The recipients have promoted ENERGY STAR to consumers through various initiatives, such as retail rebate programs, promotional and social media campaigns, training and significantly increasing the sale of ENERGY STAR products. The 2014 ENERGY STAR winners are:
- Manufacturer of the Year: Whirlpool Canada LP
- Fenestration Manufacturer of the Year: Centennial Windows Ltd.
- Retailer of the Year: The Home Depot Canada
- Provincial Utility of the Year: Hydro-Québec
- Regional Utility of the Year: Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro
- ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Promotional Campaign of the Year: Vinyl Window Designs Ltd.
- Promotional Campaign of the Year: Hydro-Québec
- Advocate of the Year: The Ottawa Hospital
- Sustained Excellence Award: Vinyl Window Designs Ltd.
- Participant of the Year: Midhaven Homes
- Promotional Campaign of the Year: Midhaven Homes
ENERGY STAR has been administered in Canada since 2001 by Natural Resources Canada in full collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2005, Canadians have had the option of choosing ENERGY STAR-qualified homes that are designed and built to achieve maximum energy efficiency, making it easy for consumers to save money and protect the environment.
- ENERGY STAR® is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada. The familiar symbol makes it easy to identify the best energy performers on the market.
- In a 2013 survey, 88 percent of Canadians identified ENERGY STAR as being the most helpful information source for energy efficiency in the marketplace.
- To date, the ENERGY STAR Program in Canada has more than 2,000 participating organizations — including new home builders — and over 65 product categories.
- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Scorecard noted that Canada significantly improved in its overall energy-efficiency ranking over the last two years, increasing our rating by over 30 percent. Similarly, the International Energy Agency ranked Canada second for its rate of energy-efficiency improvements between 1990 and 2010.
"This year's ENERGY STAR Award recipients are setting an example for the Canadian business community through their sustained leadership in promoting responsible energy use. We applaud their work in encouraging Canadians to save money and conserve energy by making energy-efficient choices."
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
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