Top 5 Energy Saving Tips for Pool Owners

Energy Efficiency Tips

Pool Pumps are one of the largest consumers of household energy—2nd only to the air conditioning unit! Variable Speed Pumps are a great source of energy savings, but are not the only solution for pool owners to save money and energy each year.

Here are a few CHEAP or FREE tips to lower your energy bill all-year-round!


Managing Pool Temperature

  • When the pool is not in use for several days, remember to turn the pool heater temperature gauge down or off.
  • Energy consumption increases 10% – 30% for each temperature degree rise. Keep this in-mind next time you crank the heat on your pool.
  • Colder water also has benefits: Algae and bacteria do not multiply as fast in cooler water. This means that you may be able to run your pool pump significantly less during the winter months than during the summer months. This will also reduce the rate of chemical consumption, saving you money!

Pool Pump Run Time

  • Set your pump and system to run during off-peak hours (typically between 8pm and 10am). Check with your local energy company for the off-peak hours in your area.
  • Set your pump to run more in the warmer months and less in the cooler months.
  • Use an accurate timer to control the pump’s cycle. Several short cycles keep the water cleaner all day.
  • Set your pool pump to run for the accurate amount of time depending on your pool size. Check out this easy guide for Calculating Pool Pump Run Time.

Water Circulation

  • Good water circulation keeps chemicals evenly mixed/dispersed, and helps cool water temps during the hot summer.
  • Keeps pool free of debris by pulling water through the filter. Make sure to check the skimmer and filter baskets every few days to maximize the circulation flow and lower the strain on your pool pump.
  • Longer circulation does not always guarantee less algae growth—Algae-fighting chemicals and scrubbing the pool surfaces are the best methods to protect against algae blooms.

Solar Heaters

  • Environmentally friendly and little to no maintenance.
  • With a solar heater system, the pool’s water is pumped through the filter and then through a solar energy collector (coils) instead of directly back to the pool. The sun heats the water as it quickly flows through the collector(s) and returns to the pool.
  • Solar Heaters have an affordable upfront cost and little to no maintenance.
  • Another option are pool heater solar panels, which also pull water through the system while being heated by the sun.

Heat Loss and Evaporation

  • Most of the pool’s heat loss occurs at the surface. Solar Covers can reduce water evaporation by 30 – 50%. Less evaporation = more heat conservation.
  • Reducing water loss also reduces the amount of chemicals required.
  • Adding a windbreak (like shrubs or a fence) can help decrease heat loss from the wind, but keep the beneficial solar energy of the sun.
  • If your pool is only used on the weekends, reduce the heater or heat pump temperature by 8 degrees during the week.
For more energy and money saving tips, rebates and products, make sure to check out our new Energy Efficiency Resources right HERE!
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Brian Champ
When Brian isn't writing pool-related articles, he enjoys anything that will take him outdoors: hiking, biking and trail running name a few. Brian is excited to share his pool knowledge with helpful how-to guides, product reviews, comparisons, and more!