WELS-informed consumers save water and money

​​Australian consumers will now find it easier than ever to choose the most water-efficient appliances, with the first registrations of 4-star showers and 6-star toilets under updates to the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

The Water Efficiency and Labelling Standards Regulator and First Assistant Secretary of the Water Division of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr Tony Slatyer, said the new standard was good news for consumers, who would now have even better information available when choosing water-efficient appliances and products.

“The new WELS standard allows for registration of 4-star showers and 6-star toilets, which are more efficient than could previously be registered,” Mr Slatyer said.

“These new ratings will make it even easier for Australian consumers to choose efficient appliances that will use less water and save them money on their bills.

“The WELS scheme has big benefits for both consumers and the environment.

“By influencing purchasing decisions, water efficiency labelling encourages water-saving innovations amongst suppliers and manufacturers, to make their products as water-efficient as possible.

“It’s estimated that by 2021 using water efficient products could reduce domestic water use by nearly 150 billion litres each year—that’s an average of 6,000 litres per person per year—and save Australians more than one billion dollars through reduced water and energy bills.

“Helping to lower urban water consumption also has a positive effect on the environment, by reducing extractions from rivers and storages and decreasing emissions from energy production.

“It’s little wonder that the WELS scheme has attracted interest overseas as well—both Singapore and New Zealand currently have similar labelling schemes, and China is also planning to adopt an equivalent system, which would result in large water savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

For more information on Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme and the benefits it delivers to Australians, visit www.waterrating.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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