With hot summer weather descending over most of the country,
you’re probably feeling pretty grateful if you have a pool. But that feeling
may be diminished every time you open up a bill from the electric company. The
good news is that there are many energy solutions that can help you to reduce
your pool’s energy usage and keep your electric company bills under control.
Here are seven simple strategies for energy savings when it comes to your pool:
Get a Pool Cover
You might think that a pool cover only matters in the cooler
months when you’re heating your pool (just as water heating is an expense
inside your home, accounting for between 14% and 18% of your utility bills,
heating water for the pool can be very expensive). But in addition to
regulating temperature, pool covers help to reduce evaporation; because of all
the energy that goes into cleaning and treating water, having to constantly top
up your pool actually uses quite a bit of energy.
Install a Windbreak
Wind blowing over the surface of your pool can be a major
cause of both evaporation and heat loss. By installing a fence that also
provides a windbreak (either with screens between the posts or taller
landscaping), you’ll achieve both safety and energy efficiency goals.
Schedule Your Pump
One of the easiest ways to see an energy reduction with your
pool is to schedule your pump to make sure it runs for only as long as it
needs. The amount of time will depend on the size of your pool, but the goal is
to have all the water circulate once and only once daily.
Use LED Lighting
Make sure all the lighting in and around your pool uses LED
bulbs. These last many times longer and draw far less electrical energy than
traditional or CFL bulbs.
Turn Down the Temp
You know how you can save around 10% on heating and cooling
costs in your house using a programmable thermostat? That goes for the pool,
too. Make sure your pool temperature is set lower when you’re not using it so
that the heater doesn’t work overtime.
The less debris that makes it to the filter, the less likely
your filters are to get clogged and lower the efficiency of your system. Try to
skim daily (and keep in mind that a cover will also keep leaves and dirt out of
Buy the Right Tech
Sometimes, energy efficiency simply comes down to newer,
better technology. Having a high-efficiency pool pump can
lead to savings you’ll notice on every single electric company bill, winter or
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