Pools & Spas: Use & Care
Use & Care
Using your pool pump less frequently could save up to 60% of its energy consumption.1 Follow these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to assist you in reaching your pool efficiency goals.
Pool & Spa Efficiency Tips:
Run Your Pool Pump Less Often:You don’t have to keep the water moving to keep the pool chemicals mixed. If the water is running while adding the chemicals, they will dissolve and stay mixed.
Keep the Pump Cycle Short:Use a timer to set the pump to several short cycles a day. This is better at preventing debris than cycling the pump for 3 continuous hours. Schedule your pool pump to run outside the peak daytime hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Turn It Off to Remove Debris: When cleaning your pool, turn off the pump and use a net or skimmer to physically remove debris. You may have heard the myth that algae grow less quickly if the pool water circulates constantly—it’s not true!
Reduce the Filtration Time:Filter for 3 hours a day, and increase by ½-hour increments if the water doesn’t stay clean. A Center for Energy Conservation study found that homeowners who cut filtration time to 3 hours saved 60% of their pump’s electricity use.2
Keep Drains & Grates Clean:Any blockage will make your pool’s pump work harder, so remember to clean the screens frequently. Backwashing will help keep the filter clean, but don’t do this too often, as it tends to waste water.
If you’re thinking about making efficiency improvements, the Pools & Spas Overview is a great place to get acquainted with the basics and your options, so can make the most of your home’s pool while maximizing your savings.
1US 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
2US 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
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