Energy Saving Tips for Swimming Pool Owners
It is estimated there are 10.5 million homes with swimming pools in the United States. During the hot summer months, your air-conditioning system sucks up a lot of your dollars. However, if you are one of those lucky homeowners who have a pool, you already know your pool is nearly as big of an energy guzzler as your air-conditioning system. So, how can you make your pool more energy efficient and pick up some much-needed energy savings during the hottest part of the year?
Here are some energy- and money-saving tips for swimming pools.
• First, look at your pool’s finish. If your pool has a light finish, the heat from the summer sun is reflected, and there will be no energy savings. If your pool has a dark finish, such as black or blue, it will absorb the Sun’s rays instead of reflecting them. That means you can use that heat to keep your pool at a warmer temperature. This isn’t a big deal in the South where both the day and night temperatures are warm. But, in the Northeast, nights are cooler. Not everyone enjoys a dark finish to a pool. Some people would rather have white. But, if you want to save money in the long run, choose a darker finish.
• Second, have your pool area landscaped to prevent heat loss and decrease evaporation. Landscaping not only looks good and gives your pool a tropical and welcoming feel, but it lowers energy costs because the amount of heat escaping the pool has decreased, thus saving you money.
• Third, check your pump. How old is it? Today’s Energy Star-certified pumps can help you to save energy and money because they are variable-speed pumps rather than the older single-speed pumps. Newer pumps use energy more efficiently and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
• You may want to check your plumbing. Again, if you have an older pool, it may use pipes that are too narrow or include tight turns. That means your pool pump has to work much harder. Not having good plumbing will cost you far more in the long run than having good plumbing installed.
• Check into advanced heating technology for your pool. There may be many options available depending on where you live. Some locations can take advantage of solar hot water through panels if you are in an area that gets an adequate amount of sun. You might also be able to take advantage of thermal heating, again depending on where you live. Some new technologies allow pools to be heated from the bottom up rather than the top down, which is not as efficient.
• Pool covers are a must. If possible, get an automatic pool cover. First, it can help to protect children and pets from drowning. Second, it prevents both heat loss and evaporation.
• You may want to use a larger pool filter. A bigger filter allows more water through it, which means your water pump isn’t working as hard to move water in the pool. Larger filters reduce the amount of energy needed to move water, but they also extend the life of your pool pump. Larger filters make a more energy efficient pool.
• Change your pool lights if possible. Newer pools have LED lights. If you change from incandescent lights to LEDs, your savings could be 75 percent or more during the year because LEDs are much more energy efficient. You may want to call your utility company to see if you qualify for a rebate if you switch to LED lights, which means you could save money and energy.
With so many ways to save energy and money, you are sure to find one that works for you.
If you need more information do not hesitate to contact Atlantic Pool & Spa, located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. We are a top pool builder serving Bergen, Warren, Sussex and Morris County. We can help you with any energy saving tips you feel would work for you. As a pool builder, we install many types of swimming pools with all different pool finishes. We sell only top of the line, energy efficient pool equipment from pool pumps, to lighting and more. We provide complete landscaping services as well to complete fabulous backyard poolscapes.