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How to Make Your Pool More Energy Efficient

By Mary Ripley on  May 22, 2017

Enjoying your pool with family and friends is great fun, but sometimes the cost of maintaining your pool is hard on your wallet. By increasing your efficiency, you can drastically cut down on how much you spend on your pool every month and get back to enjoying your summer.

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First off, get a solar cover for your pool. If you already have one, make sure you're using it correctly to help keep costs down. Keeping your pool covered at night does many things to help increase your pool’s efficiency. It keeps the water level in check by preventing evaporation of your pool’s water. This helps you not have to refill your water level as often. By keeping your water at the proper level, your pump runs more efficiently by keeping air out of the lines and can run at maximum efficiency. The cover also keeps the heat from escaping your pool. As the sun sets at night, the temperature dips and your pool loses heat very quickly. Pools typically drop 5 to 7 degrees at night if left uncovered. But by keeping your pool covered, you can prevent a lot of this heat loss.  As a bonus, you won’t have to use your heater as much to maintain your desired pool temperature. Additionally, a pool’s solar cover can actually heat up your pool during the day! By keeping your solar cover on while the sun is out, you harness the power of the sun to increase the temperature of your pool’s water without using your gas pool heater, which saves you money on heating costs. Another great way to increase the efficiency of your pool is using a variable speed pool pump. A regular pump only operates at a single speed the entire time, which means it is using the maximum amount of energy while it is on. Your pool pump doesn’t need to be run at maximum speed all the time, so getting a variable speed pump that can be programmed to run at lower speeds can mean efficiency and money savings.  A variable speed pump can operate at different speeds and draw less electricity when running at lower speeds. You can actually get up to a 90% energy savings with a variable speed pump over older single speed pumps. Proper pool maintenance can really increase energy efficiency of your pool’s mechanics. By cleaning out the skimmer basket and making sure your pool’s filter is cleaned regularly, your pool’s pump doesn’t have to work overtime to circulate the water. If water flow is restricted, this creates strain on the pump, decreasing its efficiency.  It can even decrease the life of your pool pump. With a couple easy steps and the right tools, you can learn to reduce your pool's energy consumption.

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