According to Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme (WELS), Australia saved over a billion dollars in 2017 by reducing water use.

The scheme clearly and correctly labels water efficient appliances and fittings using a six star rating, which is displayed at the point of sale.

Federal Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the scheme had helped Australians save energy and water without reducing standards of living.

“Knowledge is power, and the WELS water ratings give consumers the power to save,” Mr Littleproud said.

“We saw annual savings of $42 per person or $168 for a family of four.

“Most of the savings came from taps and showers, then washing machines.

“It shows water efficiency matters to Australians, either to save money or help the environment.

“This is an important part of Australia’s urban water management and the evaluation shows it is helping families, with savings expected to grow.”

According to Mr Littleproud, Australians will be saving more than $2.6 billion a year by 2036 thanks to more efficient products. This equates to an average of $324 a year per family.

“The scheme is also expected to save 230 billion litres of water each year in Australian homes – nearly half the volume of Sydney Harbour,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This scheme is among the best in the world and it’s been adopted to help other countries save their water.”

The WELS evaluation was conducted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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