It’s almost officially swimming season! If you are considering a pool renovation, one easy way to prepare to get the most out of your pool is to make sure it’s energy-efficient, saving you money and providing peace of mind. From upgrading to LED lights to installing a pool cover, there are a number of cost-effective steps you can take to make your pool work better and use less energy.
Upgrade to LED Lights
LED lights require 75% less energy and have a lifespan 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. These lights provide up to 50,000 hours of illumination compared to traditional incandescent lighting, and switching to LEDs may also qualify you for incentives and government rebates!
Create a Natural Windbreak
For many homeowners, landscaping is often an afterthought when it comes to the pool planning process. However, building a berm, planting a hedge, or creating some other form of a windbreak can help reduce heating loss. Not only will this lower energy costs, but it will also help decrease the evaporation of water that you’ve already heated.
Pick the Right Finish
Darker pool finishes absorb the sun’s rays, which helps your pool retain heat. If you generally use your pool early or late in the season or live in a cooler climate, a darker finish will absorb light from the sun and act as a helper to your pool’s heating system. While not every pool owner wants a darker finish, if you are on the fence and want to keep costs down, this is one step you can take to lower your energy consumption. Pebble Technology International® (PTI) offers four unique pool finish lines with several customization options to help you craft the perfect poolscape for your life and style. From jade-toned lagoons to stunning deep blue hues, our expansive inventory guarantees you’ll find the perfect PTI® finish for your backyard oasis.
Use Larger Pool Filters
Since larger filters have a bigger surface area through which water can flow, your pump doesn’t have to work as hard to move the same volume of water. You’ll be able to lower the pump’s energy consumption while extending the life of the pump, saving you precious dollars. You can also opt to use filter glass instead of sand as it is able to catch more particles and clean water more efficiently.
Install a Pool Cover
Many people believe that pool covers are only used to keep debris out of the water. However, this is not the case. Covering your pool can prevent evaporation and help retain heat. It is estimated that pool covers can reduce heating costs by up to 70% and conserve the amount of make-up water needed by 50%. There is a wide range of covers to browse, ranging from ones that look like a big sheet of bubble wrap to more sophisticated options that fold with a push of the button.
Do Preventative Maintenance
While daily pool maintenance might sound time-consuming, it adds up to less overall money spent in the long run. Keep drain systems clear through regular backwashing, clean your filter regularly, and reduce the pool temperature when it is not in use. Not only will these tasks keep your pool running efficiently, but they will also keep energy costs at bay. You may also want to consider running the pool’s filtration system at off-peak hours. Check your utility company for off-peak times, which generally are between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m.
Use a Smaller, More Energy-Efficient Pump
The larger the pool pump, the greater your pumping and maintenance costs — consequently, using the smallest pump you can for your pool’s size can help boost energy efficiency and keep costs low. Reducing the amount of time you operate your pump will also cut down on the required energy. Additionally, several short cycles of pumping can be more energy-efficient than running the pump continuously. To achieve maximum savings, most pool experts advise pool owners to invest in a variable-speed pump — these models adjust energy consumption based on your pool’s needs at various times in the maintenance cycle.