The dishwasher is the highest consumer of water in the kitchen. 

Before purchasing a new dishwasher, check the appliance for a WELS (National Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme) label. The more WELS stars for water efficiency, the more water efficient the product. A WELS dishwasher uses half the water of an average model.

Dishwashing Tips

  • Look for dishwashers that have a National Water Conservation or WELS Label. The best water rating achieved by dishwashers is five star.
  • Only use the dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Use short wash cycles for everything but the dirtiest dishes. Short cycles use less energy and work just as well.
  • If there's no air-dry setting, turn the dishwasher off after its final rinse and open the door. The dishes will dry slowly, but without using any extra electricity.

Handy Tips

  • When boiling vegetables, use enough water to cover them and keep the lid on the saucepan. Your vegetables will boil quicker and it will save you water, power, and preserve vitamins in the food.
  • When you clean your fish tank, use the ‘old’ nitrogen and phosphorous-rich water on your plants.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost frozen food. Ideally place food in refrigerator to defrost overnight.
  • Catch running water whilst waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables.
  • If you have a leaking tap, replace the washer or other components as required. Dripping taps can waste 30–200 litres of water per day.
  • Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.

Water Saving Initiatives