Almost everyone would love a swimming pool in his own backyard. Not only will a pool offer hours of excitement and pleasure most especially during the hot summer months, but will also add beauty and value to the property.
It is true that the many advantages of having a swimming pool somehow diminish the amount spent in maintaining a swimming pool. The constantly rising electricity rates have made it very costly to efficiently to run and keep a swimming pool. Factors such as cleaning, filtration and heating define the amount of energy required to run a pool. Aside from electricity bill, additional costs include chemicals and other filtering equipment, and water the pool requires. Among the required pool processes mentioned, which of them use up the most electricity? Are there practical ways on how to reduce the energy consumption of a swimming pool for it to be cost-efficient and energy-efficient?
Water filtration pump consumes the largest electricity in a pool set-up. Research indicates that up to 70% of a swimming pool’s energy consumption is attributed to pumps, accounting for about 16% of the total electric bill of one standard household. In this connection, it makes sense to choose energy efficient pool pumps. Global warming and climate change has paved the way for the development and production of energy-efficient products. There are pool pump products that are star rated from 1 to 10 by the energy regulatory board, with each star corresponding to a 25% increase in efficiency. The more stars, the better for saving energy.
The use of smaller and higher efficiency pool pump requires less than 30% to 45% energy to operate. Efficient pumps come in variable speeds, like two-speed and four-speed, thus you can turn down the pump speed for regular cleaning, and set it to a higher setting for less frequent but more thorough cleaning. Energy-efficient pumps also circulate water more effectually, thus needing less filtration.
About 95% of a swimming pool’s heat loss occurs at the surface through evaporation, and radiation. A pool cover is not only for safety purposes, but for the prevention of heat loss, water loss, and maximizing the efficacy of pool chemicals. A pool cover of pool blanket may be retractable or not. It protects the pool from the elements such as the wind and sun. The less direct UV rays hitting the pool’s surface mean less chemical maintenance for the pool water. The less debris and particles in the pool, the less filtration, vacuuming and skimming required.
A solar pool cover also helps heat the water of the pool, so there’s less need to use a heater to keep the pool water warmer across all seasons. Research indicates that by using a solar pool cover, energy consumption for heating is lessened by 50 to 70%. The amount of water to be periodically added to the pool is lessened by 30 to 50% too, while chemical use is reduced by 35% to 60%.
Heating and Water Temperature Efficacy
Heated pools are ideal when the colder months are up. It is easy enough to imagine that heating thousands of liters of water can cost a lot in terms of energy consumption. Aside from using a functional and efficient solar pool cover, it is also possible to save money on heating by heating the pool only when needed. If the heater has a passive heating capacity to keep the pool warm for a longer period of time, it is best to switch this off. Turning down the temperature of the heater will also save on energy consumption. The ideal pool water temperature is from 78 to 84 Fahrenheit.
The location of the pool will help maximize the use of solar energy in warming the water. The installation of screens or other structures to deter prevailing winds will also keep the water warm for a longer period of time. Solar energy is the most cost-efficient method of heating a pool. If this is not possible the use of energy-efficient gas or electric heaters is recommended.
Use automatic pump and pool heater timers to facilitate running them in short cycles. This will be more cost-efficient than running them continuously for long hours every day.
There are more ways to save money pertaining on energy costs of swimming pools. It is possible to make them more energy efficient.
Doing the required daily pool maintenance efficiently will lessen energy consumption. When the pool is not in active use, turning off the filtration and heating systems saves money.
If the use of pool heater is a must, maintaining the suitable water temperature must be observed. The recommended temperature for active swimming is from 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (25 to 27 Celsius); and for recreational swimming 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 29 Celsius). It is best to keep a thermometer near the pool to get the water temperature, and mark the most comfortable setting on the dial.
Save water and energy by backwashing the pool filter only when necessary. Keeping the drain system free from debris and particles will facilitate the free flow of water. Clogged drains require more pump power. Circulating water through the filter once daily is enough as additional cycles are wasteful.
Running the filtration system during off peak hours saves on electric bills as electricity demand is lower. Using energy efficient pool lights, such as solar powered and LED lights will cut energy consumption.
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