To support your efforts to make your pool and spa as economical and eco-friendly as possible, below are some changes you can make that can help conserve energy and water while reducing your operating costs.
HEATING & HEAT LOSS
- Reduce heat loss by using a pool cover. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, savings of 50% to 70% are possible.
- Fencing, hedges, landscaping and cabanas that shelter your pool from prevailing winds will further reduce heat loss.
- If you use your pool only on weekends, reduce your heater or heat pump thermostat settings by eight to ten degrees during the week.
- When leaving for vacation for more than a week, unless freezing conditions are expected, turn off the pool heater or heat pump.
- According to The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and the American Red Cross, the most healthful swimming temperature is 78°F. Reducing your heater or heat pump thermostat to maintain a 78°F or lower temperature will also help conserve energy.
- Replace your pool pump with a more energy-efficient model.– New variable speed pumps with permanent magnet motors and digital controls can save as much as 90% in utility costs compared to one- or two-speed pumps with induction motors. – If using an energy-efficient one- or two-speed pump, make sure your pump is sized to your pool’s requirements.
- Reduce pump speed to reduce energy use. Remember the pump principal by going slower, power consumption is reduced.
- For good water maintenance, circulate water through filter only once per day. Additional cycles are generally unnecessary and waste energy.
- Run your pool’s filtration system during off-peak hours when electricity demand is lower, generally between 8 pm and 10 am
- Keep intake grates clear of debris. Clogged drains require the pump to work harder.
- To obtain maximum filtration and energy efficiency, clean your filter regularly, as required.