When it comes to saving some extra cash and helping the environment, I can’t imagine who would ever turn down the opportunity to make the energy efficient choice in your pool equipment. When it comes to swimming pools and spas/hot tubs, there are some quick and easy opportunities you can take advantage of to help preserve the environment and put some cash back in your pocket.
Consider using cartridge filters as opposed to sand or 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 more energy. The use of cartridge filters is a great alternative because they offer the least resistance on your system and eliminate the need to backwash. Backwashing requires you to run water through your filtration system to clean out debris caught in your filter. The process uses about 3 to 500 gallons of water which isn’t friendly on the environment or your wallet.
Automation systems allow pool or spa owners to program specific run times for their pool or spa. Having an automated system prevents users from leaving their system on or consuming more energy. This also makes maintenance for your spa or pool extremely easy and allows 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 LED’s as they use about 23% of the power it takes halogen bulbs to run at. LED’s will also last longer as well. They will outlast halogens by ten times the lifespan of your old halogen bulbs, making them well worth the cost.
Newer heaters are a great investment. In fact, they can pay for themselves quickly if you haven’t upgraded in a while. 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. A heat pump is a great option for pool owners who will never step foot in their pool if the weather is below 50 degrees. Because heat pumps work off of the ambient air outside the pump, it will not function properly below 50 degrees.
In addition to the type of heater you are using, heat loss can affect how much you are running your heater. There are some simple ways in which you can prevent heat loss from your pool.
- Pool Cover- Using a pool cover can increase energy savings of 50% to 70% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- 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, therefore, save the most energy when changed. If you are currently running a single speed it’s a great idea to start looking into a variable speed pump. The reason being, a pump which can run at lower speeds uses less energy. In fact, newer variable speed motors can save upwards of 90% in utility costs.
If your pump remains constant at a lower speed it’s functioning with less energy. The use of a variable speed pump gets 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.
When it comes down to it there’s many different opportunities to save energy and money within the realm of your pool or spa. Whether you’re building a new pool or replacing existing parts on your system these tips are something to think about when making changes to your system. We all enjoy our pools and spas, why not do something for the environment and lower some bills at the same time.
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