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Everything you need to know about a water efficiency certificate
Published: July 12, 2021 Last Updated: October 13, 2022
What is a water efficiency certificate? Making sure your home is as water efficient as possible isn't only great for the environment, but it also helps reduce your water bill. Find out more about what's included in a water efficiency audit in this video.
Everything you need to know about a water efficiency certificate - video transcript
Elijah, you're going to make my home water efficient.
Yeah, that's right. So I'm just going to go around and conduct a water efficiency audit just to ensure that your home meets the minimum water efficiency standards.
So if you do that would that help me reduce my water bill?
Yeah, that's right. And in the future, if you ever decide to rent your property out the water bill can be put in the tenant's name.
Ok perfect. So what's actually involved in the audit?
So I'm just going to go around, inspect all your plumbing, update any tapware, and install flow restrictors where necessary.
Well, that sounds easy. Let's go and do it.
So Elijah, what is the criteria of a water efficient home?
So all your internal cold water taps have to deliver a maximum of nine litres of water a minute, excluding your taps with your bathtubs and for your appliances. Also, all your toilets have to have a dual flush function on them with the full flush being six and a half litres and the half flush being three and a half litres.
I didn't know that. So how do you measure water flow?
So we've got this little device here called a flow cup, which does what it says.
Okay, it measures the water. Let's have a look at that exactly.
So what does it look like?
So we've got eight litres of water which fulfils the criteria. Now we are going to go around and check all the taps in the house and make sure we're good.
Beautiful, let's go and do it.
Alrighty, so I've gone around and checked all the taps in the house and there's no issues with the water flow so no need to install flow restrictors. We can check that one off.
All right excellent. Okay, so what's the next step, the next check we're going to do?
So we are going to go around and check all your showerheads because just like the cold water taps they can only deliver a maximum of nine litres a minute.
All right, let's come this way.
So how's it looking, mate?
Yeah, good. Eight litres so we don't need to restrict the flow whatsoever.
Great, good news.
So there's still a couple of checks to be done isn't there?
Yeah, that's right. So we're just going to take the toilets now. Just make sure that they have the dual flush function and they've got the correct flush for you.
Let's go and do that.
How'd it all go?
Right, yeah. So great news, all the toilets in the house do have the dual flush function and they make the flush criteria.
Great. And so we've got one more check and then we're nearly done with the water efficiency audit.
Yeah, that's right. So we're just going to go to the front and check the water meter readings and just write that number down.
Perfect, let's do that.
All right so that's all filled out for you. So I'm just going to email out a copy of the Water Efficiency Certificate for you just to keep in your records and in the future if you ever do decide to rent the place out you can bill your tenants.
Okay, and I'm going to I need that to do that.
Okay mate, really appreciate it, it's fantastic.
Awesome thanks Mick thanks.