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Energy-Efficiency Ideas for Your Swimming Pool

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by Dave No Comments

The cost of maintaining a swimming pool and spa is a concern for many homeowners. The question is: How do I save money on my swimming pool costs? This is a special concern for the homeowner who has just moved into their new house and has no idea about how to run a pool.

Saving money on your swimming pool energy costs are important. Keeping an eye on efficiency will save you money each month. This is especially true for the novice swimming pool owner who is still navigating and learning about swimming pool ownership. Moving into a property where a swimming pool is located can present a few challenges, but with a little effort and knowledge you can begin saving money today.

Ways to Save

Electricity usage is one of the biggest costs associated with maintaining a swimming pool. After all, the equipment must be circulating the water so as to make the pool look as inviting as possible. You could simply skimp on running your pool pump, but you will probably run into problems. A pool that is not adequately pumped will become dirty and require additional energy use to keep it clean. Here are some ideas:

  • One way to increase your savings is by investing in a quality filter. Good filters save on energy and will decrease your overall electricity costs.
  • After investing in a good quality pool filter, consider reviewing your running times to see if you are over-circulating your pool.

Guidelines from the California Energy Commission recommend the following:

  • During the summer months, run your pump for an average of 4 to 5 hours a day.
  • During winter months, decrease your time to 2 to 3 hours daily.
  • These times can decrease your electrical use by 40 to 50 percent.
  • Heavier use may require you to increase these times for better water clarity.
  • Purchase a timer to automatically set and control your electrical usage. It is easy to start your pump and then forget to turn it off. An automatic timer can be one of your smartest investments.

Keeping your Pool Clean and Warm  

Here are some more energy efficiency ideas to consider:

  • Regular maintenance and cleaning will ensure your pump does not have to work as hard to maintain your pool.
  • Investing in a pool cover will help you save electricity costs and keep your pool clean. You can save 70 percent of water evaporation simply by using a cover. In addition, a cover can warm your pool by 10 degrees, which will cut into your heating costs.
  • The average solar heating system for your pool costs $2,000 to $4,000 to install. Your local swimming pool contractor can set you up with a solar system that typically pays for itself with 1½ to 7 years, depending on where you live.
  • If you are still in the planning stages of building your pool, now is a great time to speak to your contractor about a solar pool heating system.

Finding ways to reduce the cost associated with swimming pool ownership will pay large dividends in the short term and long run. You will have the satisfaction of a cheaper bill plus your contribution to lessen the stress on the environment.

If you are still not sure about how you can reduce your swimming pool energy costs, consult a professional. They will be able to assist you further on ways you might save additional energy and money—two things anyone who has just moved will appreciate!

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