Low-flow taps are an increasingly common feature in the fight to save our rapidly diminishing natural water resources. These can not only help you save on your water bills, they can also decrease the amount of heating your hot water tank needs to do. The impact of a combined array of measures in the home can make a significant contribution to overall energy efficiency and produce tangible savings.
How do Low-Flow Taps Work?
Low flow taps typically work by mixing air into the water that is flowing out the tap. This actually gives one the illusion of having more flow while saving you on actual water consumption. Normal taps account for 15 to 18 litres per minute, while a low-flow model can use as little as 2 litres per minute, or a third of a standard tap. Other methods include dividing a single stream of water into many smaller jets, which has the same effect. Tap aerators are available as add-on attachments, and should have their flow rate indicated clearly on the packaging or on the aerator itself.
What is WELS?
WELS is the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme, which provides consumers with an accessible way of determining how a product rates in terms of its water efficiency. Consumers can then compare products based on a 6 star rating scheme, with a higher number of stars indicating a more water efficient product. All taps for use over basins and sinks are covered by the scheme. Products are submitted for testing at WELS facilities before being awarded a rating. Penalties apply for products that do not meet labelling and performance criteria, which include displaying the WELS label in a visible and accessible location.
Advantages of Low Flow Taps
Low-flow taps offer a number of benefits for the home, including:
- Saving on water usage
- Saving on electricity use
- Reducing pressure on natural water resources
Energy saving tips
Besides installing low-flow taps, there are a range of water saving measures you can implement in the home to ensure you are maximising this precious resource. This includes:
- Installing low-flow taps and other water saving devices throughout your home or premises
- If possible siting your hot water tank close to the kitchen or bathroom, where the majority of demand comes from
- Reducing the temperature control on your heater to
- Checking for leaks and repair them promptly
- Not leaving an open tap running
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