If you own a swimming pool, you know they can consume ample amounts of money and resources. Making sure your pool is cost and energy efficient doesn’t necessarily require a complete overhaul. There are plenty of simple, cost-effective solutions that can make your pool work more efficiently.
Like a fine piece of machinery, a pool filtration system requires regular upkeep to maintain it at peak performing level. Keeping your pool filter and skimmer baskets clean and free of debris such as dirt, grass clippings or leaves will help the system function more effectively. The more debris that’s jammed in there, the more work your pool pump must do to run the filtration system. Avoid a serious clog-up by dumping out debris from the skimmers daily. It’s also important to regularly backwash your sand filter, or rinse your filter cartridges or grids, which helps remove debris that has accumulated in the filter tank.
One of the best things you can do for your pool is to purchase a cover, which come in various sizes, fabrics, functions and price ranges. If your pool is heated, a cover helps to keep it insulated and prevent water loss through evaporation. A solar blanket actually uses the sun’s rays to heat the pool, as well. Covers also help slow chemical evaporation, reducing monthly expenditures for chlorine and other necessary chemicals. Finally, covers help keep debris out of the pool, reducing the workload on your pump and filtration systems.
Wind blowing over your pool speeds up the evaporation process. Adding a windbreak helps to cut back on this water loss. If your yard is already fenced, adding a windbreak would probably require only a minimal investment. A windbreak looks like the screen you typically see around a tennis court – a semitransparent netting that blends in easily.
Energy Efficient Pool Pump
Although a bit more of an investment, you may benefit from upgrading to an energy efficient pump. Oftentimes older pools have larger, less efficient pumps. Consult with an expert to determine what size your pool really needs. A smaller, more energy efficient pump can still do the job, while using less energy. If it’s within your budget, you may consider installing an energy efficient filtration system and heater as well. These additions can save you up to $900 over the course of year, relative to the average setup.
Pool Pump Timer
A pool pump timer is a relatively inexpensive way to improve your pool’s efficiency. A timer will allow you to run your pool pump in shorter cycles instead of letting it run continuously. We recommend setting your timer to run overnight, when demand for electricity is lower – and therefore, cheaper.
While these upgrades may seem pricey up front, they can help you save money and energy for years to come.