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Water saving products and appliances

Well-informed purchasing decisions on appliances and products can significantly reduce your water usage and your household bill.

Star rating for water-saving products and appliances

Buying water-efficient goods

The water-efficiency of white goods and other items – such as dishwashers, washing machines, showers, taps and toilets – is indicated by a Water Rating Label, which shows a star-rating with a water-consumption or water-flow figure. For more on energy-efficient appliances that save you money and save resources, see Appliances.

On outdoor water-saving products, you can look for the Smart Approved WaterMark. This labelling scheme is voluntary and you can often find it on car washes, cleaners, gardening products, greywater systems, household plumbing, pool covers and filters, rainwater harvesting and watering systems, among others.

Did you know?

  • A four-star WELS-rated dual-flush toilet uses more than 60 per cent less water than a single-flusher.
  • A three star-rated showerhead can save thousands of litres of water per person each year. They use as little as eight litres a minute, compared to 20 for standard showerheads.
  • Water-efficient taps, tap aerators or an in-tap flow regulator can save up to 50 per cent of usage, as well as providing softer water with less splashing.
  • A five star-rated water-efficient washing machine can save your household up to 24,000 litres of water a year.
  • A trigger nozzle on your hose in the garden helps prevent overwatering.
  • A greywater diversion or treatment system recycles water from your shower or laundry, again saving water and money.
  • More than the entire volume of water in your swimming pool is usually lost each year through evaporation. As well as stopping the water (and your cash) from disappearing and keeping it warmer, a pool cover also keeps it cleaner, so there will be less need to backwash filters, which can waste water at a significant rate.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015