How To Make Your Swimming Pool More Eco-Friendly
For homeowners, the family pool is a great source of enjoyment – who doesn’t get pleasure out of watching the kids playing Marco Polo in the pool, or some other game they have devised. At the same time, energy costs and being friendly to the environment are also on the minds of consumers these days. There are a number of ways to make the pool more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
Energy efficient pool pump. To use less energy, consider installing a variable speed motor on the pool pump, so it doesn’t just run at high speed all the time. When the pool is not in use, the pump can still circulate the water, but not have to use as much energy. Check with experts to see if a smaller pump will work for the size of your pool.
A pump timer. In addition to an efficient pool pump, a timer can be a great investment to save energy. The pump can be set to run less when the pool is not in use, or even to run when there are price differentials for energy use. A timer is a relatively inexpensive one time expense that can lead to substantial energy savings over time. As well, a timer, which you can find here, helps lengthen the life of the pump itself.
Consider a pool cover. Experts indicate that the primary energy conservation tool for a home swimming pool is a pool cover. Water lost through evaporation is significant for a pool exposed to the open. There are a variety of choices for a pool cover – from a simple sheet of plastic that spreads out over the water, to electrically controlled covers which deploy at the push of a button. Installing a pool cover can save hundreds of gallons of water a month. As well, the cover retains heat generated by the sun, greatly reducing heating bills.
Check into a solar heating system. A big consideration for a solar system is an available and suitable place to install solar panels. Once that is determined, the solar system can be set up to run the pool water through the panels for heating, which can lead to a significant drop in energy bills.
Windbreak to save water. Since evaporation is such a big issue, and since most pool owners have fences around their pools, a windbreak is a good idea. Similar to the windbreaks around tennis courts, panels of mesh can be added to the fence, to prevent the wind from sweeping over the pool and causing excessive evaporation.
Turn off lights. Decorative pool lights can really enhance the view of the pool area, but when the pool is not in use, they use energy, just like a light left on in the house. Make sure to turn off lights when the pool is not in use, or even consider a timer that will automatically turn off the lights each night at a set time.
Take care of maintenance. If you get your car maintained regularly, it runs better and uses less fuel. The same can be said for the family swimming pool. Cleaning pool filters regularly will allow them to work better, putting less strain on the pump. As needed, backwash the pool system – a fairly simple task – that will clear out debris that might be lodged in the filter.
A number of energy saving devices – like a pool pump timer – are one time expenses that will save substantially on the energy bill over time, enough to make the homeowner smile, knowing he has set up his pool to run as efficiently as possible.
Carol Atkins is a full time Mom, who spends a lot of time taking her youngest child to his activities or helping him with homework. When she’s not doing that, she enjoys writing articles for PoolCenter.com, and particularly likes researching new topics.