Owning a swimming pool grants your family health benefits and makes your home a social hotspot. But it can also significantly add to your energy bill. The good news is you can reduce your pool energy use. Below are some tips to help you make your pool more energy efficient this summer.
Invest in a Solar Cover
Evaporation is one of the biggest causes of heat loss from a swimming pool. Covering your pool when it’s not in use can reduce evaporation by as much as 90 percent. A solar cover also raises the temperature of your pool water during the day and improves heat retention at night. It can help you save as much as 70 percent on energy.
Switch to a More Efficient Pool Pump
If you have an older pool pump, it’s probably too large for your pool and less energy efficient. Install a smaller, more efficient pump to save energy. Consider upgrading to a variable-speed pump — It features multiple speed levels, and it can be programmed to run at its lowest speed to reduce energy consumption.
Utilize Your Pool Automated Controller
Use your pool’s automation system to turn off your lighting, filtration system, water features, and pumps during the off-peak swimming times. This will improve energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.
Do Some Preventive Maintenance
While doing regular maintenance may be time-consuming, it will keep your pool operating efficiently and reduce energy costs. Take the time to perform these maintenance tasks:
- Clean your pool filter regularly
- Reduce the water temperature when the pool is not in use
- Clear your drain systems through periodic backwashing
- Run your filtration system during the off-peak hours
Look for Rebates
Do research on the rebates and tax incentives that are available to pool owners who purchase energy-efficient pool equipment.
Follow these tips to save money and have fun times in your pool this summer without a guilty conscience. For more ways to reduce your pool energy use, contact us at Cool Power. We proudly serve the Long Island area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy use and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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