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21 April 2023

Online course that can help you save water, energy and money

plumber working on hot water system

A new online course has been launched to help developers, builders and plumbers save water, energy and lower the cost of their client’s utility bills.

This free course can be completed in 45 minutes and is available from

Developed by the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) team, this course will also help participants stay up to date with their legal obligations under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005.

‘This course was created for these industry professionals to understand the important role they can play in promoting water efficiency,’ WELS Regulator, Matthew Dadswell said.

‘We are working closely with industry bodies and vocational institutions to roll out this training to their members,’ he said.

The WELS scheme is an Australian Government program that sits alongside the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program.

The WELS scheme aims to encourage more efficient domestic water use and reduce demand for drinking water in Australia, similar to the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program’s aims of reducing the energy use of appliances and equipment in Australia.

Both programs help households and businesses save money on their bills and reduce their impact on the environment.   

Water rating label 4 stars out of 6

The WELS scheme does this by informing consumers about water efficiency at the point of sale through the WELS star rating label. It sets the water efficiency and labelling requirements for taps, showers, flow controllers, toilets, urinals, dishwashers and washing machines.

Over the past 18 years, the WELS scheme has been instrumental in reducing water demand in Australia and continues to deliver both water and energy savings.

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