It’s official. The dog days of summer are here.
Granted, the river (or sea) isn’t boiling as was predicted during the dog days of Ancient Roman times, but creatures are certainly turning languid in this heat. If you are one of the many lucky local residents who have access to a swimming pool, you are enjoying its refreshment as much as you can.
Indoors, we know you are doing your best to stay cool. Hopefully last month’s 5 Ways to Beat the Heat helped you find ways to bring down the thermostat at home while also bringing down your energy bill.This month, as the dog days continue, we’re taking a look at 4 more ways to beat the heat at the pool while also cutting down your pool maintenance costs. You might be surprised to learn how much you can save.
1. Pump It Up
Variable Speed: Energy efficient pumps move water through your pool more effectively and more efficiently, which means the whole pool system benefits, and your operating budget will too. Energy efficient pumps come in two-speed, four-speed, and variable-speed models.
We recommend the variable speed because it gives you the greatest control over when and how your pump is running and how much you can save. Up to eight speeds handle all your pool’s needs with precision tuned pump speeds for everyday use, filtering, cleaning, etc.
Reduced Size: Because an energy efficient pump does its work more efficiently and effectively, a smaller pump can do the job and use less energy to do it.
Less Pump Time: A variable speed pump runs up to 60% less than a regular pump. The less your pump runs, the more you can save.
Peace and Quiet: Energy efficient pumps vibrate less, which makes them run more quietly and last longer.
You can achieve up to 75% pool related energy savings if you install a variable pool pump.
To learn more about energy efficient pool equipment, visit Pentair.com.
2. Clean and Covered
Clean and Green: Covered pools stay cleaner! Less debris and less chemical evaporation means you and your pool equipment need to work less to keep the pool clean. Keeping intake grates free of debris makes life easier on your pump.
Reduce evaporation: Saving water means saving money. Keep your pool full by preventing surface evaporation with a solar pool cover. In cooler temperatures, a solar cover also helps keep your pool temperature comfortable and cuts down on heating needs; 95% of pool heat loss is through the surface.
Clean Practices: Circulate water through the filter once a day and backwash the filter only as much as necessary to conserve water. Keeping your filters clean is one of the keys to maintaining your pump’s efficiency and minimizing expenditures.
3. Timing is Everything
Filtration: Run filtration systems during off-peak times to save energy expenses, typically between 8pm-10am.
Water Heater: If you need to use a water heater in addition to a solar cover, run the heater on an automatic timer to run several short cycles throughout the day. Be smart about heating: lower the temperature during the week by 8-10 degrees if you only use your pool on weekends. Turn the heater off when you are on vacation for more than a week.
Smart scheduling: Similar to the benefits of a home thermostat like the Nest, automated systems ensure energy is being wisely used to keep the pool comfortable when it is needed but not wasting energy when the pool is not in use.
4. Around the Pool
Use plants wisely: Fencing, windbreaks, hedges, and landscaping that shelter your pool from wind prevent unnecessary heat loss.
Light it up! Replace pool and exterior light bulbs with LEDs to dramatically cut lighting expenses (while dramatically lighting your pool).
You may be surprised to learn that by simply replacing a single-speed pump with a variable-speed model and covering a heated pool, a homeowner can generate annual savings that are comparable to the savings made by upgrading a 2,500-square-foot, single story home to ENERGY STAR® levels.