Going Green: Ways to Make Your Pool More Energy Efficient

Going Green: Ways to Make Your Pool More Energy Efficient

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According to reports, there are currently 10.4 million residential pools and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States. That’s a whole lot of water! On top of that, each pool requires filters and additional equipment to keep everything running smoothly. The estimated cost for running all of these pools nationwide ranges between 1.1 and 1.5 billion dollars per year. When we consider what the global footprint might be, our heads begin to spin. For pool owners who are looking to be more conscious of their energy impact, read on.

No matter what we are discussing, energy efficient products save money and cut down on carbon footprints. Whether it’s your car, home, or pool, taking measures to cut down on energy waste will ultimately save you money. You have invested time and money into creating a gorgeous backyard with the perfect pool liner and the ultimate stage for relaxation, so why not take the extra step to cut down on waste? Pool pumps are a major culprit when it comes to energy consumption. Traditional single speed pumps can be the largest consumer of energy in an average home. Pool heaters consume, on average, 5,000 watts or 5 kilowatts per hour per 100,000 BTU’s for a single heat pump. For those who are unfamiliar, BTU or British thermal unit, is a measure of heat that is calculated by the amount of heat necessary to raise the temperature of one pound of water.

What can you do to cut down on cost and overall energy waste? By investing in a variable speed pump, you can save up to 75% on your next electric bill. The variable frequency drive, or VFD, controller manages the outlet pressure of the pump, keeping the flow constant, thereby saving electricity. Another way to cut down on cost and waste would be to purchase a solar blanket for your pool instead of using a water heater. Solar covers work in two ways; they help to minimize the amount of heat that is lost through evaporation and they also absorb the Sun’s rays to transfer the heat into the water.

These steps may seem small, but if all pool owners took these small measures to cut down on waste, it would cause a ripple effect of efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, by investing in a LOOP-LOC safety pool cover you will save a bundle over the years. In the same time you would purchase several traditional tarp covers, a single LOOP-LOC safety pool cover would keep your pool protected for many years to come.