Whether you already have a pool or are in the pool building process, maintaining an energy-efficient pool doesn’t have to break the bank. By going green this summer with your pool systems and maintenance, you can help the environment and save a few bucks. Here are some energy-efficient ways you can build and maintain your pool while conserving as much energy as possible throughout the summer.
Before the pool is built, an energy efficient pool design can prevent wasting time and expenses. Trying to save a little money on the design and construction at the expensive of efficiency will cost more in the long run. Consult with a professional to make sure you are getting the correct plumbing for your pool size.
For example, going with smaller plumbing than necessary for your pool will cost you more down the line. This is because there will be more debris that your pool system will be unable to filter, as well as additional cost in labor to make sure the pool is clean and safe for swimming because the plumbing system will not be cleaning your pool efficiently.
One of the main factors in energy consumption for pools is evaporation. A pool cover helps prevent that. There are several types to choose from, but it doesn’t matter which you pick; having something to cover and heat your pool is a great way to be more energy efficient. It is believed that pool covers can reduce heating costs by as much as 70 percent and reduce the amount of evaporated water by up to 50 percent.
- A solar cover can heat up your pool efficiently while helping prevent evaporation. Another factor to keep in mind is the temperature of your pool. A higher degree causes more evaporation. On those super hot days, it’s okay to turn the pool temperature down to save energy. Or if you know you’ll be out of town for a while, turn off the pool heater entirely.
- If you want to splurge a little, install an automatic solar pool cover. A floating bubble cover is not as efficient as an automatic one because they tend to not be used as consistently and don’t seal as well. An automatic cover prevents evaporation and loss of heat while also covering more surface area, keeping the water cleaner by stopping debris.
A pool pump is important for keeping your pool clean and keeping debris out. Installing an efficient pump that circulates the water and is the correct size for your pool is key. Generally, older pools have pumps that are too big for the pool and waste energy. Consult with a professional to upgrade your pool pump and figure out what suits your pool best.
- Timer: You can save energy used through your pool pump by limiting the amount of time it is running. Installing a pool timer ensures that your pump runs long enough to circulate and clean the water completely, then turns off so you are not wasting energy. There is no reason for the pool pump to be on 24 hours a day. Depending on your pool size and the type of pump, six hours is usually enough to circulate the water and clean the pool. Try experimenting by reducing the time the pump is running to see what works best for you.
For those chilly nights where you still want to take a dip in the pool, a pool heater is great for regulating pool temperature regardless of the climate outside. Though convenient, they can use a lot of energy. The type of pool heater you choose can reduce energy and cut down costs. Heating designs have evolved significantly over the years, being more efficient and taking up less space.
- Solar: Though slightly unconventional, solar heaters can be used for pools. Similar to how solar panels put on houses create energy through the sun, the same can be done for a pool. Prices range from $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the size of the pool.
- Gas: Whether you use propane or natural gas, a gas pool heater is also an option. Unlike a solar pool heater, a gas heater can maintain the same temperature regardless of the weather. On average, an in-ground pool heater costs between $1,500 and $3,000, not including the cost of the propane gas, which can vary.
LED lights are not new anymore and have been proven to save on energy by expending more light while using less wattage. Installing LED lights in and around your pool area will save you money and space because they are smaller than halogen lights.
Regular maintenance is essential to an energy efficient pool. Cleaning out filters often can reduce the wear and tear of the equipment, which in turn saves money on pool pump repair and other equipment in the long run. When you rely on the filtration system more than doing things like washing the sides of the pool for debris or manually removing larger items, like leaves, the system has to do more work. This puts more stress on the equipment, which can lead to costly repairs and replacements.
Starting with a specialist pool builder that focuses on an efficient pool design and construction is key. Building an efficient pool from the beginning by going with more energy-efficient systems up front can save money down the line. However, if you aren’t building your pool from scratch or have an older pool, implementing these energy-saving measures during pool building can save time and money by cutting down on equipment costs, like pool pump repair and electric bills. You can help the environment by choosing to go green this pool season.
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