Waterwise Tips for Your Laundry

17 November 2021

Did you know that reducing your washing to just one load per week will save up to 120 L of water? Washing machines are typically the largest user of water in the laundry, making them an important appliance to reduce water usage where you can. Luckily, there are a few simple changes listed below to reduce water usage in the laundry and save money at the same time.

  1. Older models of washing machines can use twice as much water as newer models. If you’re thinking of upgrading your washing machine, look out for models with a WELS rating of 4 or above.
  2. When choosing a new washing machine, choose the right type. For example, front loader machines can use up to 70% less water than the same size top loader.
  3. Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, unless you have a machine that has an auto load-sensing or reduced-load function. These settings allow the machine to adjust the water level to the size of the load.
  4. Collect the greywater (wastewater) from your machine and use it in your garden (provided you haven’t used any harsh chemicals).
  5. Use an eco-program that uses as little water and electricity as possible.

Image: The Palm Co – Tameka Moffat Design

6. Pre-treat heavily soiled items, avoiding washing these items twice through.

The above tips will help to save money and conserve precious water resources for a more waterwise community. 

Water Corporation (2021). ‘Helpful water saving tips for the laundry’ Available at: https://www.watercorporation.com.au/Help-and-advice/Waterwise/Laundry/Helpful-water-saving-tips-for-the-laundry (Accessed 16 November 2021).
Choice (2021). ‘The best type of washing machine to save water’ Available at: https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/laundry-and-cleaning/washing-machines/articles/best-washing-machine-for-saving-water (Accessed 16 November 2021).
Image source: The Palm Co (n.d.).  ‘Tameka Moffat Design’ Available at https://www.thepalmco.com.au/tameka-moffat-design-1 (Accessed 16 November 2021).

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