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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.
Under the Australian Government Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme about 25% of these savings will come from using more water-efficient showerheads, another 50% from more efficient washing machines and over 20% from water-efficient toilets.
You could be making some big savings. For example water-efficient showerheads can save a two-person household at least $160 a year on water and energy costs. The reduction in hot water means less energy is needed for water heating.
- Save up to 19 litres of water a minute in the shower by replacing an old inefficient showerhead with a water-efficient showerhead. Annual savings are around 14,500 litres.
- Install low-flow taps or tap aerators to reduce your tap water use from 15 to 18 litres per minute down to as little as 2 litres per minute.
- By replacing a traditional single flush toilet with a water-efficient dual flush toilet you’ll save about 51 litres per person per day. Annual savings are around 30,000 to 40,000 litres.
- Save up to 65% of the water you would usually use by replacing an old washing machine with a water-efficient model.
- Save up to 50% of the water you would normally use by replacing an old dishwasher a water-efficient model.
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 Water efficiency page.
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