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When it is Good to Have a Green Pool

By Roxanne. Initially published 04/29/2009

When you first think of a "green" pool, the immediate image that may pop into your mind is a pool filled with algae. And no one wants that kind of green pool. But there is a time you do want your pool to be "green" - and that's when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Here are a few things that you can do to make your pool an eco-friendly "green" pool. 

Tip #1 There are high efficiency pumps available that will help you to use less energy. These pumps are automated and know when to cut back on electricity, saving the earth and your money at the same time. The high efficiency pumps for inground pools can be viewed here: http://www.royalswimmingpools.com/ING-pumpfilter.htm#pump 

But, if you replace your pump before it quits it is not 'being green'. The idea behind being green is also recycling and not wasting. The green idea here is to keep your current pump, but put a timer on it and run it fewer hours per day. You have to keep it running enough to filter the water properly so that your pool doesn't turn green though. 

Tip #2 For people that have a heated pool, turn on the heater only when you are going to use the pool and use a solar cover to retain the heat that you have already generated.  You may find that you won't have to use the heater as often! Solar covers can be found here: http://www.royalswimmingpools.com/solar_blanket.htm 

Tip #3 Use more chemicals in your pool. Huh? Did she really say that? Yes. Use more than just chlorine in your pool. Check your pool's chemicals as outlined in our weekly maintenance program. Having all of your chemicals balanced will result in less chlorine use. If some of your chemical levels are too high it can prematurely age your vinyl liner that will lead in replacing it too soon and causing waste. Here is a link to our easy to read instructions: http://www.royalswimmingpools.com/program.htm 

Tip #4 Close your pool as soon as it is too cold to swim. Closing your pool will allow you to shut the pump off completely and cut chemical use.  Pick your type pool from this link: http://www.royalswimmingpools.com/winter.htm 

Have a great summer and enjoy your green pool!

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