Home Design Guides: Kitchen, Sustainability

Design an energy efficient kitchen

Kitchens are busy places filled with all kinds of energy-hungry appliances and specialised work surfaces. Find out what kinds of choices you can make to create a more energy efficient kitchen.

Cold water diverter

Cold water diverters

In most plumbing setups, it takes a while for hot water to reach the hot tap when it's turned on. Cold water diverters recycle the cold water which would otherwise pour down the drain in this time.

WELS labels and ratings

Water-producing bathroom fittings in Australia need to comply with basic water-efficiency standards. As a part of the WELS scheme, they are rated and given a label that shows how efficient they are.

Water efficiency ratings for dishwashers

Dishwashers are typically rated using a star ratings system known as WELS. Find out more about WELS, and what makes for water efficient dishwashers.

Energy efficient kitchen appliances

How to choose energy efficient kitchen appliances

There's a huge, yawning gap between efficient and inefficient kitchen appliances these days. Find out what you should be considering when you choose appliances.