Owning and operating a swimming pool or spa requires a lot of energy. Who wouldn’t want to use less energy and put some of that extra cash back into their pocket? With these quick and easy tips, you’ll have the opportunity to make a sustainable change to the environment, while protecting your wallet in the process. Start conserving energy today beginning with your pool equipment and you’ll be surprised to see how much you can save!
Consider using cartridge filters as opposed to sand or Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters. While sand filters provide easy maintenance and D.E. filters can leave your water extremely clear, they build up more resistance on your pool system, using up more energy. Cartridge filters are a great alternative because they offer the least resistance on your system for a better flow and eliminate the need to backwash. Backwashing requires you to run water through your filtration system to clean out debris caught in your filter. This process uses about 3 to 500 gallons of water which is not very environment friendly or cost-efficient.
Having an automation system gives owners more control of the energy usage on their pool equipment. It allows users to program specific run times and temperature levels for their pool or spa. It also prevents them from leaving their system on or consuming more energy than needed. With built-in diagnostics, it also makes maintenance extremely easy and allow homeowners to take advantage of peak hours, saving money on your electricity bill.
Check Your Lights
Check to see if you are running halogen or LED lights in and around your pool. If you are still using halogen lights, consider changing them to LEDs as they use about 23% of the power it takes halogen bulbs to run at. They will also outlast halogens by ten times the lifespan of your old halogen bulbs, making them well worth the cost. If you are already using LED and need an upgrade, consider Pentair’s Intellibrite 5G Color LED Pool Lights which uses nearly half the energy than competing LED lights without sacrificing its vivid illumination.
Newer heaters are a great investment. In fact, they can pay for themselves quickly in utility savings if you haven’t upgraded in 5-10 years. Hayward’s Universal H-Series Heaters can raise the temperature of an 800-gallon pool by 30 degrees Fahrenheit in less than an hour, lowering the circulation time and fuel costs. When it comes to heaters, you have more than just one option. You can go with a standard heater or you can opt for a heat pump which can save up to 80% in energy usage. Because heat pumps work off of the ambient air outside the pump, it will not function properly below 50 degrees. So in this case, a heat pump is a great choice for pool owners who will never step foot in their pool if the weather is below 50 degrees.
In addition to the type of heaters you are using, heat loss can affect how much you are running your heater. Here are some simple ways to prevent heat loss:
- Pool Solar Cover: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using solar covers can increase energy savings from 50-70%. They do this by preventing evaporation during the day and by keeping your pool free of debris.
- Landscaping and Shelters: Landscaping and man-made shelters such as fences protect your pool from winds and reduce heat loss.
Pumps are the biggest users of energy and can save the most money when replaced. If you are currently running a single speed pump, it might be a great idea to start looking into a variable speed pump. A pump with variable speeds means better energy optimization since it can run at minimum speeds when necessary. According to Hayward, their ENERGY STAR certified pools pumps can save you up to 90% on energy costs or as much as $1,500 per year, compared to a single speed pump. The use of a variable speed pump is even more efficient if you have features such as fountains or cleaners. Water features or cleaners don’t need as much power so running a single speed pump uses far more energy to do the same job.
There are many different energy and money-saving opportunities when it comes to your pool or spa. Whether you’re building a new pool or replacing existing parts on your system, these tips are something to consider when in the process of these changes. After all, why not enjoy your pool or spa, when you can also give back to the environment and give your bank account a break?
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