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Water wise - Appliances


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.
  • 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 best water rating achieved by dishwashers is six stars
  • A fully loaded dishwasher will save water over time.
  • The rinse-hold setting on the dishwasher can save water compared to rinsing the dishes under the tap.

Washing machines

  • Look for washing machines that have a four or more star rating (WELS label)
  • Consider buying a water efficient front loading washing machine
  • Newer model washing machines will automatically adjust the water level to the size of the load.
  • Just like the dishwasher, a full washing machine can save water over a period of time.
  • Utilise the sudsaver option when you have several loads to wash.