Thinking Green – Easy Ways to Make Your Pool More Efficient
When you hear the phrase “green pool”, you might think of a dirty, unclean pool filled with algae. That’s not the case here! When we say green pool, we’re talking about an eco-friendly, energy efficient pool that cuts costs and may even earn you tax rebates.
Let’s dive into this topic a little deeper, shall we?
Ensure Pump Efficiency
A quick comparison of pool pumps might show that standard pumps are a little cheaper than the latest eco-friendly models, but you’ll regret the initial cost savings when your energy bill goes off the deep end! Energy efficient pumps will typically consume up to 45% less energy, which equates to savings on your electric bill.
Due to the fact that the latest pumps are available in two-speed, four-speed, and multi-speed settings, you can adjust these models to fit the season. You can use lower pump speeds to clean and filter water, or use higher speeds for more thorough, but less frequent, cleanings.
Let’s take a look at the hard numbers: A standard, single speed pump will average around $900 in running costs annually. It will also introduce wear and tear on your heaters, filters, and other pool equipment.
After 5 years, running your standard pump will have cost you an estimated $4,500. Compare this to an eco-friendly pump, which can operate for as low as $200 annually. It’s not hard to see how investing in cost-savings will pay off in the long run.
Use a Solar Cover
Solar covers for your pool are an excellent way of saving money on pool heating costs. A solar cover adds nothing to your bill, because it relies entirely on solar energy.
It will reduce your heating costs by up to 70%, which provides astounding savings for the consumer. The Department of Energy also estimated that a solar cover will eliminate excess costs in adding water to your pool by up to 50%. Finally, a solar cover will reduce the necessity for pool chemicals by up to 60%.
A solar cover is a much better alternative to standard pool covers, and can be bought in varying shapes and sizes to fit your pool.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Performing daily maintenance is essential to owning an eco-friendly pool. This doesn’t really boil down to any specific pool product you buy per se, but rather establishing a routine that utilizes smart methods of controlling the energy consumption.
For example, would you leave the air conditioner running in your home if you were going out of town for the weekend? Most people would say no. Take the same approach to your pool.
- If you aren’t planning to swim, turn down the water heater. Raising the water temperature a single degree (Fahrenheit) can cost between 10% – 30% energy consumption.
- Use a thermometer to determine your ideal water temperature, and mark the thermostat for that setting. When you aren’t using the pool, dial it down.
- Keep the drain systems clear of debris, which would otherwise impede water flow. If you utilize pool lights, make sure they’re LED or solar powered. Simple little things can add up to bigger savings over time.
Buy Automatic Timers
Using automatic timers for your pump and pool heater is another efficient method of controlling energy. You can set your timer to several short cycles, instead of keeping your pump and heater running continuously all day.
Water Temperature Management
Bringing pools to a comfortable swimming temperature typically relies on electric or gas heaters. With a heat pump, you’re adding around $250 to $500 annually to your electric bill. If you use a gas pool heater, you’re spending up to $1,500 annually on propane.
Using solar energy to heat your pool can be highly efficient, and you should also try to protect your pool from strong breezes which would cool the water temperature. Consider building a fence, or placing other structures around your pool, to act as windbreakers. Taking the proper steps to keep your pool temperature consistent will eliminate the costs of needing to run the heater on a constant basis.
The tips provided will hopefully help you in reducing energy costs and maintaining an eco-friendly pool. With a little research, you’ll be enjoying your pool, without worrying about the monthly bill. Pleasure Pools has been helping customers in South Louisiana get the most out of their pools for years, so give us a call or come by for all your pool questions!