With summer approaching quickly, nothing sounds better than taking a cool, refreshing dip in a swimming pool. If you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, you can take advantage of it all summer long.
We often don’t think about how much energy a pool uses, but it can become a problem – not only for the environment but for your utility bills.
There are a few simple things you can do to make your in-ground or above-ground pool more energy-efficient and save some money.
Let’s take a look at some tips you can put into place this summer!
Use Solar Power
If you’re not already using the sun’s energy to heat your pool, it’s a good time to start! If you’re thinking about installing a pool, keep this in mind: Pools collect solar energy very well and convert it to heat. If your swimming pool gets direct sunlight most of the day, there’s a good chance you won’t have to invest in a heater, or at least you won’t have to run it as often.
If you have an above ground pool, it can be moved to absorb the sun’s rays more efficiently. An in-ground pool can be a little different, but it’s not impossible to get more sun. Things like tree trimming can quickly get rid of shade and let the pool’s natural solar collection power get to work.
You can also invest in a solar cover for your pool to use when it’s not in use. Solar covers keep water from evaporating so quickly, and they also lock in the heat of the water. They can help to reduce your energy costs by up to 70%.
Timing is Everything
Instead of running your pumps and heaters for several long hours at a time, put them on a timer schedule. That way, you can run them for a few shorter bursts during the day, when you’re going to spend more time in the pool. You can save hours of energy waste this way.
Pump it Up
Perhaps the best way to save money and reduce energy consumption in your pool is by choosing an energy-efficient pump. There are now specific energy-efficient pumps available. But, even if you don’t want to invest in one, you can save money by choosing a smaller pump for your pool and running it less often.
Pumps can be programmed to a variety of different speeds. Turning the speed down for simple daily cleanings can save a lot of energy. When you need a ‘deep clean,’ you can turn up the speed for awhile. There is no need to have your pump running constantly on a high speed. It’s simply wasting energy and money, and your pool can get just as clean on a slower speed.
Newer pumps can also help to circulate the water in your pool, so the filter has to do less work. All around, that means more money in your wallet in a very short amount of time!
If you’re planning on spending as much time as possible in the pool this summer, keep these simple tips in mind.
You can turn your pool into an energy-efficient oasis of relaxation. Your pocketbook will thank you for it too!