Rising energy costs together with the environmental impact of pools can be a source of stress for pool owners and provide motivation to cut down on energy usage.
While pool ownership invariably comes with its share of expenses, there are ways you can shave money off those power bills, cut down on water and energy usage, and limit the environmental impact of your pool. When you’re running your equipment at peak efficiency, you can feel better about your investment and continue to enjoy that backyard swim.
Swimming Pool Energy Saving Tips
Think about the pump: A pool pump can be one of the largest users of electrical energy in a home. If you reduce the amount of time you run the pump you’ll save energy and money.
Of course the amount of time you’ll have to run your pool will vary according to the size of the pool, how much it’s used and factors such as leaves or dirt that can blow into the water. A rule of thumb, however, says that all the water in the pool should be filtered once every 24 hours.
When a new pump becomes necessary or desirable, an investment in multi-speed or variable speed pumps could pay for itself within three to six years. Rather than the highly inefficient oversized pumps found in most old pools, these types of pumps allow you to use up to 75% less energy.
However maximum energy savings should not be at the cost of poor filtration and sanitization. The newest technology we have today provides the perfect match of flow rate and maximum energy savings so you can start saving and still have clean, sparkling clear pool water.
Cover it up: Installing a pool cover can reduce the impact of evaporation and water loss. The floating blanket on the pool water also acts as a barrier that stops falling leaves and debris entering your pool. A cleaner pool requires less maintenance and running time. Here’s some information that might come as a surprise. Do you know how much water flows from your backyard hose per minute? Of course it will vary with local water pressure, but according to the Government’s ‘Water for Life Plan’, it can be around 17 liters a minute. So how often do you top up your pool in summer? As an example, 10 minutes a day every second day would use:
17 litres x 10 minutes x 15 days = 2550 litres a month!
This is a very conservative estimate. In the middle of summer it is quite common that it would be more. Makes you think, doesn’t it? A pool blanket provides a physical barrier to evaporation. It covers the pool surface like putting a lid on a jar. It can’t be totally watertight like a jar lid but properly fitted a pool blanket is so effective that is stops 97% of evaporation.
Do Regular Preventive Maintenance: You’ll save money and energy if you keep your pool pump, filter and chlorinator operating as they are supposed to do. All filters are vital to the efficient operation of your pool. Follow a regular program of preventative maintenance and backwash or clean the filter as recommended by the manufacturer to maintain maximum efficiency. Mark your calendar to chemically clean the filter three or four times per year. By ensuring that the filter is never broken or clogged, you’re making sure the pump and chlorinator are not working overtime – and also not wasting energy.
Consider Changing to Tarriff 33: By switching your pool pump over to Tariff 33 you can start saving straight away. In Queensland Tariff 33 is actually 40% cheaper than the standard Tariff 11. Electrical wiring regulations have recently changed which allows an electrician to install Tariff 33 to a power point specifically designed for pool filtration services – this means there’s no need to call out your local electrical contractor when your chlorinator needs to be repaired.