Here in Sherman, TX as the weather warms up, its time to get outside in the pool. If you’re looking for ways to make your swimming pool more energy efficient to save money on your electric bill and to reduce your carbon footprint, take note. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can reduce your energy costs by up to 70 percent when you are conscious about your pool.
Cover Your Pool – Energy Efficiency
Covering your pool when it’s not in use offers multiple ways to save money on pool costs:
- Less chemical consumption
- Reducing cleaning time by keeping dirt and debris out of the pool
- Reduce the amount of water that evaporates
- Prevent heat loss to reduce the heating expense
Leaving your pool uncovered during the day can lower heating costs if you plan to swim at night. It’s important to consider how you plan to use your pool when looking at ways to save money.
Install a Windbreak
Windbreak: When the wind comes sweeping across the prairie, it can increase energy consumption in the pool. Install a windbreak around the pool, such as trees, fences, screens or walls, that prevent the wind from blowing across the pool surface. This minimizes evaporation when you’re in the pool. Plus, it can boost your pool privacy.
Temperature regulation: It’s recommended to keep your swimming pool at a constant temperature for maximum comfort. For above-ground pools, 78 degrees is pretty standard. If you do need to turn up the pool for a special activity, make sure to turn it down. Set an alarm or make a note on your fridge so that the heater doesn’t run and run. Raising the temperature of the pool just 1 degree can cost 10 to 30 percent more. Heating your pool also contributes to air pollution. Maintaining its temperature does more than reducing your energy costs.
Energy Efficiency: When you need to upgrade equipment, look for energy-efficient products that are high efficiency while still having the power to do the job. Solar heaters can dramatically reduce your energy costs. Only run your pump for as long as needed to keep the water clear. Energy.gov recommends filtering only six hours a day. Install a timer to ensure proper cycling. If the water isn’t as clear as you want, increase the time in half-hour intervals. Texoma can help you with these common pool maintenances.
Maintain Equipment and Water Chemistry
Maintenance: Swimming pools that have the right water chemistry reduce the load on the filter, which prevents it from working so hard to keep the pool clean. Keeping your pool equipment in good condition ensures that it works effectively and lasts longer. Store it correctly and have it inspected regularly to make sure it’s using less energy by operating properly. When it’s time to reinstall lightbulbs, look for energy-efficient LED pool lights that will last a long time and save money. Pool safety is paramount to a successful summer!