Planning a waterwise home

Installing waterwise fittings, fixtures and appliances when you’re building will help to reduce your new home’s water use – and save you money.

Choosing appliances

Before choosing your appliances, it pays to find out their WELS star ratings. WELS is Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme, which rates appliances on how water efficient they are.

It’s simple: the more stars on the label, the more water efficient the appliance is.

You can make the most difference in these areas of your home: 

Water efficient showerhead – Look for a showerhead with a WELS 3 star rating or better.

Taps – In the bathroom look for taps with WELS 6 star rating or better.

Toilet – Install a dual flush toilet with a WELS 4 star rating or better. 

Bathtub – Look for a low volume bathtub with a small surface area.

Top water saving tip

We use 22% of our total household water use in the shower alone, so taking shorter showers is one of the easiest ways to save water! Pick your favourite 4 minute song and use that as a timer!

Dishwasher – When looking for a dishwasher look for a machine with WELS 4.5 star rating or better.

Taps – In the kitchen install taps with WELS 4 star rating or better.

Top water saving tip

Washing fruit and vegies under running water straight from the tap can use up to 10 litres of water/minute! By putting a plug or bowl in the sink the same job can be done with less than 10 litres – and you can re-use this on your potplants or garden.

Washing machine – When looking for a new washing machine look for a machine with WELS 4.5 star rating or better.

Taps – In the laundry install taps with WELS 4 star rating or better.

Top water saving tip

Make the switch to a front loading washing machine. Front loaders are more water efficient than top loaders of the same size. In fact, a WELS 4.5 star model uses up to 35% less water than a conventional top loading washing machine for the same load. Also see if the new model has a water saving mode, which will save you even more.

  • To cool your house install reverse cycle air conditioning or ceiling fans instead of an evaporative system – they can use around 60–100 litres of water per hour!
  • If you have an evaporative system, you can still make savings by using the ‘fan only’ setting at night and when it’s humid. 
 

Young boy washes vegetables in the kitchen area with his dad

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