Water Saving Strategies - Laundry

Approximately 20% of the water used in the home; is used in the laundry. In addition to water, washing machines also use lots of energy and detergents.  Using a washing machine and tapware with a higher water efficiency rating will save water and money by reducing consumption costs and power usage.  Other things you can do in the laundry are:


  • If you are in the market for a new washing machine, look for one with a four or more star rating.
  • Choose water efficient front loading washing machines.
  • Adjust the water level to suit the size of the wash load; many new models will do this automatically.
  • Wash with a full load.


A running tap wastes about 6 litres of water a minute, remembering to turn the taps off and fixing any leaks can save valuable water.  Here are some quick and easy tips to help save water when using your taps:

  • If you have a dripping tap consider getting it fixed, it can waste up to 20,000 litres of water a year.
  • Flow controlled aerators for taps are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%.