From Splash to Cash: Saving Energy with Smart Pool Practices!

June 11, 2024

Summer is here, and many swimming pool owners look forward to spending long, sunny days by the pool. While they anticipate a refreshing dip in their backyard oasis, they also dread the inevitable cost of operating the pool. Owning a pool doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Take a minute to soak up these tips from a local swimming pool distributor, Hudson Pool Distributors, on achieving summertime pool efficiency.

Energy Efficient Equipment
Since pool pumps are vital to performing so many functions, your pump’s speed is the first place to look for energy savings.
Single-speed pumps operate at only one speed to power all pool functions—even those that do not require as much power. These pumps can’t change their flow rate by design, so they must be sized correctly to perform.
Two-speed pumps only operate at full speed (100%) or half speed (50%). They are designed to operate at only two speeds because it is difficult to fine-tune the flow rates required for maximum energy savings. However, when running at half speed, the pump can provide significant energy savings while still having the ability to run at full speed when more water flow is needed.
Variable-speed pumps can operate at different speeds. They can be adjusted to a specific speed for circulation, operating waterfalls, slides, deck jets, heating, and spa use. Homeowners can choose the water flow based on the RPMs, and some pumps even allow you to create a schedule with multiple timers to maximize efficiency. With more pools incorporating water features, variable-speed pumps are an efficient choice.

The Importance of Pool Maintenance
Keep filters, skimmers, and baskets clear of debris. Clogged filters force your pump to work even harder to circulate water. Proper maintenance and keeping your filters, pump, and skimmer baskets clean can improve efficiency by reducing resistance on the pump. Try to keep a goal to filter or “turn” a pool at least 2-3 times daily.

Pool Placement & Landscape
Believe it or not, the placement of your pool and surrounding landscape plays a big part in the water temperature and efficiency of your pool. If you can position the pool in an area that receives the most sunlight throughout the day, you can enjoy warmer water without the need for a costly gas or electric pool heater.
Creating the perfect backyard oasis is important, but can impact the pool. Keep in mind that plants and mulch can blow into the pool and get into the skimmer basket, restricting the water flow and making the pump less efficient. If you can create a windbreak with landscaping, that can also help keep the pool warmer.

Benefits of Pool Covers
Pool covers are a simple yet effective tool for maintaining energy efficiency. They help retain heat, reduce evaporation, and remove debris from the pool. Using a pool cover can lower heating costs and reduce the need for frequent cleaning.