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Water-efficient appliances and fixtures
In your home, the appliances and fixtures that use most water will usually be the washing machine, dishwasher, shower and toilet.
Water-efficient appliances and fixtures can save you a lot of water and money in the long term. You can also make a big difference to Australia's overall use of clean tap water.
By 2021 Australians could save more than $1 billion on our water and energy bills just by using more water-efficient appliances and fixtures.
You could be making some big savings. For example water efficient showerheads can save around $100-$150 annually on household water bills. The reduction in hot water means less energy is needed for water heating, and can save up to $200 on energy bills depending on the type of water heating system you use.
- Save up to two-thirds of the water you would usually use by replacing an old washing machine with a water-efficient model.
- Save around 18 litres of water a minute in the shower by replacing an old inefficient showerhead with an efficient showerhead.
- Install low-flow taps or tap aerators to reduce your tap water use from 18 litres per minute to 2 litres per minute.
The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme helps you to compare the water efficiency of a range of products so you can choose the most efficient model for your needs. Labelling currently exists for washing machines, dishwashers, showers, urinals, toilets, taps and flow controllers.
WELS-rated products can have up to 6 stars. The more stars the appliance has, the more water efficient it will be.
The WELS labels also show a water consumption or water flow figure to help you understand how much water an appliance will use.
For more information on choosing water-efficient appliances see the WELS guides.
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