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 WELS Ratings

WELS is Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme allowing consumers to compare the water efficiency of products.
The rating system has six stars. The more stars, the better the water efficiency of the product. The labels also show a water consumption or water flow figure.
As well as washing machines and dishwashers, WELS labelling is also used on toilets, showers, tap equipment and flow controllers, helping you make informed decisions when purchasing these products.
The WELS product search database allows prospective buyers to look up all registered products. You can use this database to compare the water consumption and water efficiency ratings of different WELS rated products. It is available at www.waterrating.gov.au/


The dishwasher is the highest consumer of water in the kitchen. Installing a water efficient model will save you water and money.
Before purchasing a new dishwasher, check the appliance for a National Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme label. The WELS scheme labels products for water efficiency — the more stars, the more water efficient the product.

  • Look for dishwashers that have a WELS Label. The best water rating achieved by dishwashers is six stars
  • Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load
  • Use the rinse-hold setting on the dishwasher, if it has one, rather than rinsing dishes under the tap.
Washing machines

Older and less efficient washing machines can use in excess of 160 litres percycle. Front loading washing machines generally use much less water – around half that of a top loading machine.

  • Look for washing machines that have a four or more star rating (WELS label)
  • Consider buying a water efficient front loading washing machine
  • Check the water efficiency performance of any product before buying
  • Adjust the water level to suit the size of the wash load – some new water efficient models will do this automatically
  • Always try and wash with a full load each time
  • If your machine has one, use the sudsaver option when you have several loads to wash.

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