A swimming pool is great fun–that is, until you get your electricity bill. Many homeowners do not realize the cost to run their equipment, especially the pool heater. During the summer, the pool must circulate for six to eight hours to maintain water clarity, and many pool owners do not account for this cost when they get a pool or buy a house that has one already.
However, there is a way to combine the enjoyment of a pool and spa with lower bills that even help the environment. And, an energy-efficiency audit from your pool professional can show you how to make an informed decision that is designed to save your money so the costs don’t infringe on the fun you have with your pool.
Defining an Energy Audit and its Benefits
An energy audit looks at your current pool equipment in terms of its efficiency level to do what it is supposed to do without using too much electricity and generating too big of a bill. The pool equipment is measured against the size of your pool. Then, changes are recommended that can easily result in energy savings.
These recommended changes can start delivering a return on your investment in less than two years – sometimes, all it takes is eight months to a year to “pay off” what you invested in terms of new energy-efficient equipment, such as new pool pumps, filters, heaters and even solar heating. Many homeowners have seen their swimming pool-related electricity costs be slashed in half on a monthly basis.
Common ways that you can watch your dollars being sucked out of your pocket each month include:
- Improperly sized filters, pumps, and valves;
- Pool pumps that have poor flow for the energy they consume; and
- Pumps, motors, and heaters more then 10 years old.
Many states are beginning to enact efficiency laws, including California and Florida, while others like Texas and New York are currently working on legislation. For example, in California, the Title 20 states that if your pool and equipment were put in before January 1, 2006, you may need to upgrade to meet the standards of the new law that focuses on energy conservation. As of January 1, 2008, any swimming pool filter pumps that burn out or break MUST BE replaced with either a two-speed or multi-speed motor, which may also entail replacing any automated controls connected to them.
Southern California Edison (SCE) recommends the following energy savers:
- Energy-Efficient Pool Pump Motor (EEPPM): The electric pump motor powers your pool’s filtration system and uses more energy than any other pool mechanism, but this means it can also deliver the most energy savings if replaced with an energy-efficient pump. EEPPMs use copper and better magnetic materials to reduce electrical and mechanical losses.
- Pool Cover: A solar blanket is effective at reducing your pool eating costs by as much as 50%, and it reduces water evaporation and chemical costs.
- Heat Pump Water Heater: A heat pump water heater is much more efficient than gas or standard electric pool heaters. It serves a dual purpose by also meeting space-cooling or air-conditioning needs while it heats your pool or spa, providing further savings.
Besides the savings you’ll see on your bill each month, SCE is offering some financial incentives to make upgrading to energy-efficient equipment even easier. As part of the energy audit, your pool professional can supply you with information on how to apply for the rebates, including giving you the paperwork and list of qualifying equipment. Currently, SCE offers $200 back when you purchase a qualified variable-speed pool pump between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, and install it by February 29, 2012.
Get Your Energy Audit!
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