Many people dream of having a private pool in their yard that will allow them to cool off in the summer, provide them with ample relaxation after a long work day and give them countless hours of fun. However, this luxury often comes with a big price tag. But, if you employ these energy-saving tips and tricks, you can have your pool and your money!
Choose the right material
If you’re just now building your pool, you’re probably having some doubts about your pool material. There are three main types—concrete, vinyl lining and fibreglass pools. However, out of all the other material options, practical fibreglass pools are the most cost-effective and energy-saving. They cost around eight times less to maintain and keep functional and beautiful! They are even much easier to install and require much less work and backyard disruption.
Get an energy-efficient pump
A good pump is the heart of your pool, and if the heart is efficient, all the other parts will be too! So, make sure to pick the right pump for your pool and your energy requirements. There are three models you can choose from (single- speed, two-speed and variable-speed) and each has its own good and bad sides. However, your best choice is probably a quality variable-speed pump. Even though it has a higher price tag, it usually manages to save up to 90% on annual operating costs!
Look at the time!
No matter how efficient your pump is, letting it run for more than eight hours a day is a real energy waste! Eight hours of filtration are more than enough to distribute chemicals, filter the water and create a good swimming temperature. However, you can even watch the clock and let your pump work at night. This means you’ll avoid peak energy use hours during which energy providers charge the most!
Invest in a timer
If you’re a busy person who spends a lot of time out of the house, it can be nearly impossible to turn your system on and off at regular intervals. When this happens, you might leave your system running for more than eight hours or forget to turn it on which will require compensations in the future. However, if you invest in an automatic timer, you’ll never have to worry about your pool pump, filter, and heater and you’ll prevent huge energy losses!
Keep your pool clean
As your pump works, it often sucks in all sorts of grass, leaves, bugs and other debris that clogs it and increases power consumption. So, if you want to have an energy-efficient pump, make sure to conduct regular pump inspections, clean it and remove all debris floating in your pool. Sure, it’s not possible to spend every waking hour keeping an eye on bugs and debris in your pool. That’s why you might want to invest in a robotic pool surface cleaner that will ensure your pool is clean and your pump safe from clogs!
Put a lid on it
If you want to reduce your heater requirements and prevent heat loss, you first have to reduce evaporation which amounts to almost 75% of heat loss! A good solar lid will slow down the heat loss and evaporation, protect your pool from impurities and even harnesses heat and solar energy! Plus, some models will make your backyard look very stylish during the winter months when your pool is not in function!
Employ the Sun
Most pool owners use a gas or electric resistance pool heater. However, these heaters cost more than $200 to keep your pool nice and toasty, which is a lot of dough! By switching to any other way of heating, you will save up as much as $150 a month. For instance, replace your old heater with a heat pump or a solar heater for the best saving results.
Take note of these energy-saving tips and you’ll have a clean and warm pool, and low energy bills. It’s a win-win situation!
Guest post by Carolin Petterson
About the Author
Carolin Petterson is a Business Lady and contributor for number of high-class websites. She loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions, but her specialties are sustainability, sustainable business and green living.
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