Conservation is on everyone’s mind these days. Water and Electricity is in scarce supply in many parts of the country, and prices continue to rise.
Pollutants, discharged into the air, or into our streams and waterways is also a big concern for many communities.
Today’s blog focuses on the amazing strides that pool equipment manufacturers have made, to reduce pollutants, and save water and electricity.
Drought conditions are common in many parts of the country, which prompts some areas to enact water restrictions, which include how much water is wasted from pools.
Pools lose a good amount of water to evaporation. Solar Blankets can reduce evaporation by up to 70%, and also retain heat put into the pool during the day.
Pools can also lose thousands of gallons per year backwashing sand and DE filters. Cartridge pool filters will cut this water loss by 90%, as filter cartridges are cleaned with the low flow of your garden hose.
Leaks in the pool that are found and fixed, can save 1000’s of gallons per year. Fix-A-Leak can seal up small holes in pipes and skimmers, or in vinyl liners. We wrote a blog post last July about how to find and fix pool leaks.
Electrical costs have skyrocketed in some areas, with residents of some states paying 4x what other parts of the country pay per kilowatt. Prices range from 10-40 cents per kilowatt. If you are paying over 30 cents, your pool pump is costing hundreds per month to operate.
This is why these same states, with energy shortages and high prices, are requiring pool pump replacements to have either dual speed or variable speed motors. Variable Speed pool pumps can save over 70% of electrical costs.
LED pool lighting is another big energy saver. As you likely know, LED bulbs use very few watts to glow bright. 500 watt incandescent pool lights consume 20x more energy than LED pool lights.
Using a filter pump or booster pump only as needed, and not running it all the time, can cut energy consumption in half. Timer clocks make it easy to set the pump to run 10-16 hrs per day, and also to take advantage of off-peak energy price reductions.
Gas pool heaters are the one piece of pool equipment that produces air pollutants. They emit carbon monoxide and soot when operating, at volumes greater than a old pickup truck.
Electric heat pumps use no fossil fuels, but will increase your electrical consumption, if only slightly. Heat pumps use the energy equivalent of a 100 watt light bulb. Solar pool heaters offer an even larger eco-gain, and produce essentially free pool heat.
If your electrical power for your heat pump comes from a coal powered electric plant, there are some indirect sources of air pollutants that your pool could be responsible for creating, indirectly.
Backwashing a sand or DE filter, or draining a pool with high levels of chlorine, biguanides or algaecides can damage delicate aquatic eco systems in your local watershed.
Discharging water with very low or very high pH can also harm plants and animals in the ground or in small streams that your water table runs off toward.
There are many options for today’s pool owner that wants to operate a more ecofriendly swimming pool. Reducing water and electricity consumption, chemical discharge and heater emissions is a great start.
Let your pool Go Green!
InTheSwim Blog Editor