Owning a pool doesn’t have to be a drain on your energy usage. There are simple, affordable ways to make your pool more efficient whether it’s just being installed or you’ve had it for years. The key is being aware of what types of energy efficient upgrades are available and the difference they can make in energy usage.
First, let’s discuss the reasons why energy efficient upgrades are important when owning a pool.
- Reduce Costs: Energy-efficient pool appliances always pay for themselves. They reduce energy consumption and utility bills, especially when combined with smart pool habits like lowering the pool heater and using good preventative maintenance.
- Conserve Water and Energy: There’s no reason to waste water if you don’t have to. By preventing heat and water loss with a simple pool cover, you can also reduce the amount of chemical water treatment that is needed.
- Tax Incentives: Some energy-efficient pool appliances are eligible for tax incentives and rebates. You can find out what rebates are available in your area by visiting this website.
So what are some of the best ways to make your pool more green?
- Energy Efficient Pumps: The “standard” pump that comes with most pool installations will run the average customer $125-$150 a month on their electric bill in the summer. By adding an energy efficient pump, you can save up to 50% on your bill each month, putting the bill at $70-$90.
To bring that cost down even more, choose a filter that does not restrict the pump. Cartridge filters have very little restriction and can lower the cost of the pump by another 25%. This means you could have a monthly electric bill of $35-$60 for your pool!
- Solar Covers: A solar swimming pool cover does more than a standard pool cover. It keeps out debris, reduces chemical consumption and allows very little water evaporation. Additionally, it helps keep pool water warm so that you can enjoy it for a longer season.
On average, solar pool covers reduce heating costs by 50-70% and can reduce the amount of water that needs to be added by 30-50%. Additionally, a solar pool blanket can lower the pool’s chemical use by 35-60%. This means more time to enjoy your swimming pool and less time cleaning it!
- Automatic Timers: Automatic timers can be purchased for your pump and pool heater. The timer will allow them to run for shorter cycles throughout the day rather than running them for one continuous cycle.
- Preventative Maintenance: When the pool is not in use, turn down the heater. Keep a thermometer in your pool to keep track of the temperature and avoid overheating the pool. Even keeping the pool at 1 degree higher than it needs to can raise costs by an additional 30%. Keep drain systems clear, backwash the pool filter as needed and invest in solar powered or LED lights.