When you start looking for plumbing fixtures and home appliances, you will see many mention that they are “water efficient“. So what exactly does water efficiency mean and how do you know which product is better than the other? Water efficient fixtures could be washing machines, toilets, shower heads or even dishwashers or any other appliances and fittings that deliver water in reduced capacities.
Understanding what a WELS rating is
WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling Standards) is often displayed on the stickers on appliances. You may sometimes find the rating description mentioned on the product packaging. You will see these ratings on most appliances that use water, as well as toilets and taps. The labels indicate what the water-efficiency of the fitting or appliances is. It’s pretty easy to understand the ratings – the higher the number of stars, the more efficient the product.
For instance, a water-saver shower head might have a 4-star rating which means it uses only about 4-6 litres/minute, in comparison to the older fittings that use approximately 25 litres/minute. Appliances like dishwashers and washing machines also have WELS ratings. In addition, they may have settings or functions that further reduce the total amount of water used.
Some types of appliances are better using much less water. For example, a front-loading machine uses 50% less water than a top-loading machine, because of the manner in which the water is distributed during the wash cycle. Load sensing technology can also add to this by keeping the water use to a bare minimum on every wash load; it automatically adjusts the water level to the size of the load.
Are water-efficient appliances and fittings really worth it?
The water-efficient aspect can vary significantly between different types of appliances brands, styles, and models. However, you potentially end up saving a significant amount of money in the long term, when you use these appliances and fittings. For instance, a standard tap can deliver 15-25 litres of water/minute. In comparison, an aerating, low-flow style tap can reduce the water flow to about 2ltrs/ minute. Installing dual-flush toilets can also bring down your water consumption from 12 litres/ flush to 5 ½ litres/flush, potentially reducing the flushing expenses by about 67%.
Which fittings are more water-efficient?
When replacing plumbing fixtures, look for the WELS rating on tapware, showerheads, flow controllers, urinals and toilets as well as appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. This rating system has made it easy for consumers to compare the water-efficiency of these appliances and fittings.
Making the right choice
When you are choosing water-efficient fixtures, look for well-designed water saving options. Some of these so-called water-saving features can leave you with a very dissatisfactory showering experience. They have a very low flow, providing hardly a dribble from the fittings. You can easily avoid this by conducting some research before buying a shower head. You will be able to find consumer reviews and testimonials, ask your plumber for advice or get information from a local plumbing store.
When you come to us at CPC Plumbing with your requirements, we provide you all the information you need about which appliances are available and which styles and products offer the best water-efficiency. This allows you to make a more well-informed decision about the appliances and fittings you want to get installed in your home.
CPC Plumbing responds quickly and fix all types of drain and other plumbing services, which provides our clients value for money. You can call us on 0413 131 216 or use this online form to send queries and service requests and we will revert within a short time.
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