Pools & Spas
Pump Up Your Pool’s Efficiency
Swimming in Savings
With sunny weather year round, Californians spend lots of time outdoors and in pools. By changing the way you use your pool, you can give your pump a rest while still having fun in the sun! And when you purchase a new pump, you may qualify to get up to $200 in rebates!
Pools and spas are fun and refreshing, but they can have a huge impact on your energy consumption and costs. Although you may use outdoor equipment less frequently than indoor appliances, you can still take advantage of energy-efficient options. Downsizing your pool pump may help, but you can also save by reducing the amount of time it runs, and by lowering the water temperature. These actions alone could save you up to 75% of annual pool energy consumption2 —that makes a splash in savings!
Pool Pumps: Size Matters
Pool pumps are the largest consumers of outdoor electricity, and you can save energy costs by downsizing your pool pump, selecting a variable speed pump and reducing the amount of time it runs. Select the smallest pump that will adequately clean your pool. Use a pool supplier’s design chart to determine the right size pump for your pool, or ask the pool supplier for assistance in selecting the correct pump
It’s in the Pipes
Install the pump’s pipes so they make smooth curves. By replacing elbow pipes with either 45-degree or flexible pipes, you’ll make the water flow more efficiently, decrease hydraulic resistance, and this could reduce electricity use by up to 40%.3
Cool the Pool
Most people prefer to keep their pool’s water temperature between 78°F and 82°F. However, you may be paying 10-30% more in energy costs for each degree higher you keep your pool’s temperature.4 Therefore, be sure to turn the heater down or off when you’re on vacation, or during cold weather when you’re not using your pool.
Consider Solar Heating
Using the sun to heat your pool is an options in California’s sunny climate, but if you choose to go solar, you may need a larger pump for the extra power needed to pump water through the collectors.
Cover It Up
A significant amount of pool energy is lost by evaporation at the surface level. Look for a transparent cover that will let the pool absorb heat from the sun as an outdoor pool absorbs the radiation it receives, allowing the heater to do less work.5
Use & Care
1 US Department of Energy. (2012). Installing and Operating an Efficient Swimming Pool Pump. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/installing-and-operating-efficient-swimming-pool-pump
2 US Department of Energy. (2012). Installing and Operating an Efficient Swimming Pool Pump. Retrieved October 2, 2012, from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/installing-and-operating-efficient-swimming-pool-pump
3 US Department of Energy. (2012). Installing and Operating an Efficient Swimming Pool Pump. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/installing-and-operating-efficient-swimming-pool-pump
4 US Department of Energy. (2012). Managing Swimming Pool Temperature for Energy Efficiency. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/managing-swimming-pool-temperature-energy-efficiency
5 US Department of Energy. (2012). Swimming Pool Covers. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/swimming-pool-covers
This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Ways to Save
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