Choosing Your Appliances

Choosing Your Appliances
9 April 2021

If you are not aware, the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme rates appliances based on their water efficiency with a score between 1 and 6 stars. The more stars = the more water efficient the appliance. 

We encourage the community to invest in water efficient appliances and recommend going beyond the minimum requirements. The following minimum standards apply:

  • Toilet: WELS 4 stars or higher.
  • Showerhead: WELS 3 stars or higher.
  • Tap fittings: WELS 4 stars or higher (we recommend a 6 star rating or higher for bathrooms and 4 or better for the laundry).

The following are recommendations to follow:

  • Bathtub: Try looking for a low volume tub with a small surface area.
  • Dishwasher: WELS 4.5 stars or higher.
  • Washing machine: 4.5 stars or higher.

Water in your home at a glance:

By following these simple tips and upgrading to more water efficient appliances, we can all do our part to conserve water both now and for the future!

References: 
Statistics taken from (Water Corporation, n.d.) Available at: https://www.watercorporation.com.au/Help-and-advice/Building-and-renovating/Planning-a-waterwise-home/Planning-a-waterwise-home (Accessed April 2021)

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