Whether you're getting prepared to install your pool or your searching for new products, I'm sure you have seen the boom in products claiming "energy efficiency." I'm sure you have also noticed then the increase in price of these products in comparison to the traditional equipment. So, is it worth it? Lets take a look....
The average cost of electricity per kilowatt hour in America is $0.10. During the summer months, it is best to let your pump run 24 hrs a day. According to Pentair, the ordinary pool owner can often spend more than $1000 a year on pump operation alone. A typical two speed model cost's $789 a year. These numbers translate as a savings of about $300 per year.
Most two speed or variable speed pumps cost 2-4 hundred dollars more than your traditional pump, so the savings alone pay the difference in the first year! Also, consider that some states such as California and Arizona already have laws in effect that require all newly installed pool pumps rated over 1 HP to be either two speed or variable speed. Some places even mandate the pump be connected to an automatic timer that will shut the pump off after it has run the necessary amount of time.
Many other states are also proposing enacting similar laws in an effort to conserve energy. Some cities and power companies are also offering cash incentives to pool owners who switch to more environmentally-conscious pumps, so be sure to check with your local government to see if such a program exists in your area.
Can't get enough? Here are some additional resources you may find useful.
- ENERGY EFFICIENT PUMPS
- WHEN IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A GREEN POOL
- HOW TO HEAT A SWIMMING POOL (WITHOUT A HEATER)!
- HOW TO ADD AN AUTOMATIC COVER TO A POOL
- REDUCING POOL PUMP ENERGY USAGE
- ADVANTAGES OF USING A POOL TIMER
- SAVE $$$ WITH THE HAYWARD ECOSTAR VARIABLE SPEED PUMP
- BEST WAYS TO ENJOY YOUR POOL BUT KEEP YOUR UTILITY BILL DOWN
- SOLAR SYSTEMS FOR SWIMMING POOLS
- SOLAR PANELS FOR SWIMMING POOLS
- GO GREEN WITH YOUR SWIMMING POOL (NOT THE COLOR!)