Pool Tips for Saving Energy
Below are some changes and tips that you can make that can assist you in conserving energy and water while reducing the costs of operating your pool.
- Replace your pool pump with a more energy-efficient model. Variable speed pumps with digital controls can save you as much as 30% to 90%* in utility costs. *(compared to one or two speed pumps with induction motors).
- Reduce the speed of your pump to reduce energy use. Lowering your speed/flow for a longer period of time saves energy, and helps your chemicals be more effective. When circulation intervals are extended, water quality improves with less chemicals needed.
- Circulate water through filter only once per day. More than that generally is not needed and wastes energy.
- Clean your filter regularly, as needed.
- Keep debris out of intake grates and baskets. If you drain is clogged it requires the pump to work harder, which burns more energy.
- Take advantage of "off peak hours" to run your filtration system. Most Electric companies charge less for off peak use (usually 8 pm through 10 am).
Heating your Pool and Preventing Heat Loss
- Reduce heat loss by using a pool cover. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, savings of 50% to 70% are possible.
- If you use your pool only on weekends, adjust your heater or heat pump thermostats by ten degrees during the week.
- Sheltering your pool from winds with fencing, hedges, landscaping and cabanas will also help to reduce heat loss.
- When leaving for vacation for more than a week, turn off the pool heater or heat pump. (Unless freezing conditions are expected.)
- Conserve energy by reducing your heat pump to maintain 78 degrees F or less. According to the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Institute, 78 degrees is the most healthful swimming temperature.