How To Make Your Pool Energy And Environmentally Friendly
In this day and age, we’ve become much more energy and environmentally conscious. Pretty much every household appliance from refrigerators to air conditioning units have energy-saving features. But what about swimming pools? Turns out, there are a lot of things you can do or purchase to make your pool much more energy efficient, while better for the environment. A great resource to use to see tax incentive programs ca be found at http://www.dsireusa.org/ All you have to do is select your state to see all the programs offered.
Here are some tips to using 50-70% less energy:
1. Adjust Swimming Pool Run Time
One of the biggest factors to energy-use is how much your pool is running each day. If you live in a climate where your pool is running 365 days a year, as is the case here in South Florida, make the adjustment of allowing your pool to run only 4 hours in the winter and no more than 7 hours in the summer (there are a few different factors to this like hours of sun your pool receives as well as size of pool). Additional hours is simply wasted energy and money!
2. Solar Heaters & Solar Pool Covers
Installing solar panels for pool heating purposes is a expensive, albeit an environmentally friendly investment to make. Most states offer consumer friendly energy tax credits for installation of solar panels. Use the link in the first paragraph to find out what deals your state offers.
Another idea, and much more cost-effective purchase, would be a solar cover. Again here in Florida where we’re known for getting our fair share of sun, why not put it to good use? Depending on the size of your pool, a solar pool cover can run $50-$100 and in a matter of a few consecutive days of sun, you can enjoy a warm swimming pool at zero cost.
3. Install Variable-Speed or Smaller Pool Motor
Most homeowners opt to use single-speed motors which, you guessed it, operate at 1 high-power speed. A better alternative would be switching to a variable speed motor that companies like Pentair ad Hayward make. What’s the big deal? Well, for most people who work and aren’t around during the daytime, programming a variable speed motor to run at lower speeds then, would account for less usage.
Variable speed motors tend to run a little bit more money than their single speed counterparts, but the cost is made up significantly more over time. If the initial cost of the variable speed motor is more than you’re comfortable spending, another option would be a lower speed motor. By lowering to as small as 3/4 horsepower (hp), you’re insuring less power. The one caveat to doing this, however, is making sure you still receive enough power for items like spiller-over spas or automatic vacuums.
For more information on these energy saving tips, contact us by calling (561) 320-1899.