Waterwise home


Selecting the right washing machine is the best way to save water and energy in the laundry. Choose a washing machine with a 4 star WELS Scheme rating or better; you could use up to 50% less water!

There are a number of other ways you can save water in the laundry.

Front load washing machine with water and energy efficiency rating stickers. There are red and yellow garments in he machine.
  • Only use your washing machine with a full load. One less load per week can save over 11 buckets of water!
  • Pre-treat stains to limit the need to rewash.
  • When adjusting warm water tap flow, always turn the hot water down rather than the cold water up.
  • Make sure that everyone picks up and sorts the clothes they wear each day so clean clothes don’t get washed by mistake.
  • Use detergents that are biodegradable, low-phosphorus, low-sodium and low-nitrogen so you can divert grey water from your washing machine for immediate use on your garden (except vegetables).

Find out more

In this guide:

  1. Kitchen
  2. Bathroom
  3. Laundry
  4. Outdoors and pool
  5. Leaks

Print entire guide