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Water consumption of washer/dryers

2008
Although combination washer/dryers only form a small proportion of the clothes washer and dryer market, these products are popular because they combine the operations of washing and drying in a single machine. As WELS already requires that the washing component of this product be registered, and since the drying mode of this product uses significant volumes of water to dry the washing, consideration should be given to labelling the dryer component.

Summary

Although combination washer/dryers only form a small proportion of the clothes washer and dryer market, these products are popular because they combine the operations of washing and drying in a single machine.

As WELS already requires that the washing component of this product be registered, and since the drying mode of this product uses significant volumes of water to dry the washing, consideration should be given to labelling the dryer component.

Background

In late 2005, an independent analysis was conducted of potential products which might be suitable for including in an expanded WELS scheme. In 2006-07 a shortlist of products was agreed by Australian, state and territory governments and the National Water Commission.

New products to be considered for WELS labelling are:

  • combination washer/dryers that use water in dryer mode
  • evaporative air conditioners
  • instantaneous gas hot water heaters
  • hot water recirculators and
  • domestic irrigation controllers.

Consideration is also being given to the introduction of new minimum water efficiency standardsfor:

  • clothes washers
  • taps
  • dishwashers
  • combination washer/dryers
  • showers
  • urinals and
  • other products.

Raising the minimum water efficiency standards for toilets is also being considered.

Research is underway to determine the feasibility and implications of expanding the scheme. Cost benefit analyses and regulation impact statements are being prepared and reports such as this one are being made available on this website for public comment once they are finalised.