Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards “WELS”

March 28, 2011 9:30 pm Published by
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A customer in Camberwell was enquiring about the “Water Efficiency Sticker” that was attached to their new taps packaging and what it was all about.
Hot water, appliances, refrigeration and heating stand out as areas ripe for change. When you buy a household appliance, look out for the water or energy star rating labels. Both these star ratings will help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint as well. Showerheads, toilets, taps, washing machines and dishwashers come with a water efficiency rating label known as “WELS” {Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards.} This lets you compare the water flow rate or water consumption of different products. The more stars on the label, the more water efficient. Heating water consumes a lot of energy, so reducing your water consumption can make a huge difference to your energy use!
Appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers,
fridges, freezers and many air conditioners, have an energy star rating label that lets you compare how much electricity and gas different products use. The more stars on the label, the more efficient the appliance uses electricity or gas.

Star ratings on old equipment.
Energy ratings can help you buy the most energy-efficient appliance, but there is a trick! As new and more efficient products come on the market, the star rating is set higher every few years, which means that new appliances then have to perform better to achieve a star rating. So if you see a star rating on a very old appliance, remember that newer ones may have the same number of stars but even better efficiency.
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