Here Are 5 Of The Most Beneficial Ways That You Can Save On Energy Costs With Your Pool!
While we want you to enjoy the pool time with your family and friends, we also want you to be energy efficient. You can save more than you think by following some smart yet simple tips. Here are five simple ways to save on energy costs if you have a pool or are planning to get one.
Manage the Flora
This might almost sound dumb, but you can save a decent amount by simply managing the trees and plants growing in the backyard. A lot of people make the mistake of planting trees close to their swimming pools. While trees can provide a natural shade for your pool and add a sense of serenity around your pool area, they are also the single biggest source of trash in your pool. Fallen leaves from trees and other plants not only add to the trash but also attract insects that eventually end up in your pool. Additionally, the roots of some trees might pose a problem to the plumbing system of your pool. If a tree is too close, it might even fracture the walls of your pool.
Now, we are not suggesting getting rid of all the trees in your backyard. We just want you to be a little smart about the position of the trees and plants around the pool. Ensure that you plant trees in such a way that they have enough space to grow away from your pool. Consider the growth both above and below the ground before choosing a spot for a new tree. If you are yet to get your pool installed, consider this aspect while deciding a place for it. Just this simple consideration will save you a lot of maintenance and cleaning costs.
Switch to an Energy Efficient Pump
A pool pump is not only one of the most basic pieces of equipment in a pool, but it is also a big contributor to your electricity bill. If you want to cut down on energy costs, you will have to look for a more efficient solution than your regular pump.
While you will have to consider a few things, deciding which pool pump will serve your requirements and still save you money is no rocket science. There are two main elements when it comes to choosing the appropriate pump for your pool – the size of the pool and the rating of the pump.
You will be surprised by the number of options available in the market. Try to get a small but efficient pump for your pool. You can also consult an expert in case you are unsure about the rating that would suffice your pool’s pumping requirements.
Use a Pump Timer
If you like the idea of having an energy-efficient pump, you will love using a pump timer.
Once you get an energy-efficient pump, combine it with a pump timer, and you can proudly proclaim to be a super saver. An appropriately rated pump does not need to run all the time. You just need to keep it operational for a particular part of the day. All you need to do is figure out how long you should keep the pool pump running. It will again depend upon factors like your pool size, water quality and the frequency at which the pool is being used. You can consult a professional to determine this duration. Once you do this, you can use a timer and operate your pump for only a fixed number of hours.
Initially, it might take you a little while to figure out the perfect timings to keep the pump operational. But, once you get a hold of it, you will be pleasantly surprised looking at your savings.
Try Solar Pool Covers
Another big enemy in our fight to save energy costs with our swimming pool is evaporation. Filling the pool with water using a pump and then heating it to a suitable temperature takes up a lot of energy units. All this, only to see the water evaporate. This not only adds to your electricity bill but also wastes a lot of water.
While it is impossible to prevent it, you can always find ways to cut down the rate of evaporation. One of the most effective ways to do this is using solar pool covers. Pool covers work on a simple principle – the less exposed the water surface, the lesser the evaporation. Just by covering the water surface, you can cut down evaporation by more than 80%.
Solar pool covers provide additional benefits too. They allow heat from the sun to pass into the water and trap it. As a result, they act as water heaters, raising the water temperature during the day and reducing the heat loss during the night.
There is a wide range of pool covers available in the market. You can choose one which fits your purpose and budget.
Consider a Windbreak
This is another simple yet effective method to cut down the water loss due to evaporation. Wind is a major factor affecting evaporation. Wind takes away water molecules closer to the surface, accelerating the rate of evaporation considerably. A windbreak, as the name suggests, obstructs the wind blowing across your pool. This will reduce the rate of evaporation and save a lot of your pool water over time.
The best part of a windbreak is that it is simple to install. You can simply deploy it over a fence around the pool. People prefer windbreaks over pool covers because one has to get the pool covers off to use the pool, whereas there is no such issue with a windbreak.
With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your pool time without any worries! Give us a call today if you have any questions about energy costs with your pool!