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More Attention Being Given to Energy Efficiency for Swimming Pool Equipment

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Dave No Comments

A recent article on the Pool and Spa News website, entitled, “Energy Star Program Embraces Pumps,” noted that the Energy Star designation often found on household appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, will soon be available for swimming pool equipment like pumps. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which created the Energy Star designation, is working toward the goal of certification for August 2012.

At the forefront of this push are companies like Pentair Water Pool and Spa, which is one of the esteemed brands in the swimming pool equipment market. They have been behind this certification, noting that energy efficiency incentives have been few and far between in the swimming pool industry despite being a high consumer of energy.

As the article noted, there are some qualifications for meeting this Energy Star certification just as with other appliances: “For a product category to qualify for the Energy Star program, it must be able to deliver enough energy savings over time to allow the consumer to recoup any higher upfront costs. Also, more than one nonproprietary technology must be available.”

Swimming Pool Pumps at Center of Program

The EPA will focus on the following for its swimming pool equipment Energy Star program:

  • Single-, multi- and variable-speed models of swimming pool pumps.
  • In-ground swimming pool pumps with the potential of also include above-ground pool pumps.

Right now, the EPA is not going to include “replacement motors, controllers or pumps specifically designed for spas or commercial applications.”

Once the program has been launched, the certification process will be managed by independent laboratories. It is hoped that, with input from manufacturers and advocacy groups, the program will be up and running soon with Energy Star pumps able to hit the marketplace soon after. This would provide a great incentive for homeowners to consider upgrading their equipment to more energy efficient equipment to maximize the enjoyment they get from their pool while lowering the energy usage of their pools and getting a break on utility bills at the same time.

Energy Star: A Trusted Brand for Consumers
Energy Star has become so recognizable that it might as well be its own brand. As the article noted, “The Energy Star marker has a great consumer understanding….Without having to know the details of the efficiency of that product, they can just look for the label to distinguish what is more efficient from one product to the next. It’s great for manufacturers as a selling point for their products.” Applying this moniker to swimming pool equipment will provide a trusted way for you to know that you are having an energy-efficient product installed for your swimming pool.

Be sure to check with your swimming pool professional on other energy efficient strategies for your backyard oasis. Also, check back for further updates on this exciting new environmental program!

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