Many people are concerned about how to save energy these days, both for environmental and financial reasons. Private swimming pools in particular can be hefty energy suckers since they are used year-round to help keep families cool in warm South Florida temperatures.
Interested in learning more about how to save money by conserving energy? Here are some of the top techniques recommended by pool electricians for reducing energy consumption without sacrificing the quality of the water:
It’s pretty simple math: larger pumps mean more pumping, which equals higher maintenance costs. Smaller pumps, by contrast, require less pumping, and therefore lower costs. But you’ll want to check with a professional to figure out how small of a pump you can use for your specific pool.
Ideally, you want to reduce costs wherever you can, without getting below the minimum amount of energy your pool requires to function well.
Keeping your intake grates as clean as possible can also help prevent the drains from clogging, which could make your pump have to work harder than normal.
Another energy-saving option is to run shorter pump cycles, rather than running it constantly. A variable-speed pump can be set to run at different cycles depending on the need – cleaning, heating, etc. You can choose the minimum setting required for each process.
According to the Red Cross, 78°F is considered the best temperature for swimming. It’s not uncommon, however, for pools to be slightly warmer: closer to 82°F or 84°F. But South Florida is already warm enough – raising the temperature of your pool by even one degree can increase your heating bill from 10% to 30%!
In addition to saving money, you may feel physically better jumping into slightly cooler water on a stiflingly hot day. But if you do prefer a warmer pool, consider keeping it heated only during peak swimming times, and turn it back down when the pool is not in use.
Speaking of the times your pool is not in use, make sure to keep a cover on it. You may have to cover and recover it several times depending on how often you use the pool, but you can reduce heat loss and conserve energy this way. Not only that, but you’ll also prevent leaves and other debris from getting in, which will save you time and physical energy in cleaning.
Compared to other light bulbs, LED lights use less energy and last longer. LED bulbs have been shown to help save up to 90% of energy costs because they require less than 50 watts to function, so they’re definitely worth looking into. Another consideration is solar lights.
We get it – pool maintenance can be, well, draining – especially when you have other household chores that are more immediate, like dishes or laundry. But adding daily maintenance tasks for the care and upkeep of your pool can save you time and money later on.
Clearing drain systems, for example, prevents backups or clogs. Lowering the temperature when no one is using the pool can also help. Cleaning the filter is another time and future energy saver. Because electricity usage is lower during off-peak hours – say, late at night – you can run the filtration system then.
Art Plumbing, AC & Electric has been helping Florida residents with their appliances since 1983, and we’re one of the most trusted names in the pool electrician business. Many homeowners simply aren’t aware that they have options when it comes to saving money on energy costs.
If you have questions about your pool’s energy bills, we’re happy to help. Give us a call at 561-391-1048 to speak with our friendly, experienced staff and schedule an appointment.