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Buy water-efficient appliances
When it comes time to choose a new appliance such as a washing machine or a dishwasher, you can make a big difference to your water use and water bills by choosing a water-efficient model. Water-efficient appliances can also reduce your water-waste without affecting your personal preferences.
- Reduce your water use and water bills
- Choose an appliance that is best for your needs
At a glance
- Savings 1
- Ease 3
- Impact 2
Every household situation is different, so when choosing a new appliance it makes sense to do a little research to work out which appliance is right for your particular circumstances.
- Consider how often you'll use it, the size you need, any special installation or operating requirements and budget. Start with Your Home—Reducing water demand.
- Use the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme product search to compare the efficiency and water use of different appliance models.
- Check to see if you're eligible for rebates or other assistance to install water-efficient appliances. You may also be eligible for assistance from your local water authority. There maybe conditions that may make certain systems ineligible for financial assistance.
The best way to achieve value for money and improved water and energy efficiency benefits is to get information and advice from more than one source.
- Talk to several suppliers or manufacturers about your options and get several quotes before committing to a new appliance.
- You may need a licensed plumber to install your new appliance. If so, talk to your plumber first to make sure you get an appliance that is suitable for your home.
- Ask suppliers about any additional costs such as new fittings, especially if you are installing a new washing machine that will connect to a rainwater or greywater supply.
- Check the warranties for different appliances as this can vary greatly.
Make sure you follow the instructions if you're installing the appliance, and be aware of any maintenance requirements. If a plumber is installing your new water-efficient appliance, ask to be shown any special maintenance requirements.
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