Energy Saving & Eco Friendly Swimming Pools

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Imagine purchasing a brand new pool. Perhaps it’s an aboveground pool – or maybe an in ground pool, it fits perfectly into your backyard per your hard work.

After all of that money spent on a brand new pool, it can be a real eye opener and even discouraging to find that pool operation can be so expensive.

These costs weigh down the excitement and fun of owning a pool, but there is relief. There are conservation tips, in addition to equipment that can be used as alternatives to more expensive products that tend to drain your wallet.

Pool equipment can be costly and some take a toll on the environment. Luckily, there are products available that can cut costs while also being easy on the environment. The three main categories to cut down on costs are – Electricity, Heat, Chlorine and Water.

Reducing Pool Electrical Use:

Variable speed pool pumps are ideal for saving money, and the Hayward Max-Flo VS pump is no exception. VS pumps have multiple speeds and therefore consume only the power needed to keep your pool clean. In fact, VS pumps can save up to 80% in electrical costs.hayward-VS-pumps-arent-actually-GREEN-colored

VS pumps have a digital interface, which displays the amount of power consumption. It allows the user to change speeds, and adjust the power draw. High flow when you need it, and low flow when you don’t.

Another way to save electricity around the pool is with LED pool lights. In The Swim has an abundance of LED color changing pool lights available. The Intellibrite 5G underwater pool light gives a user the option for choosing custom color settings. You can set the colors to change at different speeds, or lock onto your favorite color. The IntelliBrite has a patented lens and reflectors to maximize the light output, and distribute the light and the color throughout the pool.

Reducing Pool Heating Pollution:

hayward-heat-pro-heat-pump-for-poolsAside from saving money on the electrical side, you can also consider natural solutions that reduce pollution while saving costs. Pool Heat Pumps are a smart way to save money. And although they use electricity, the amount is so small that it is considered a ‘Green‘ pool heater, especially when compared to gas pool heaters. Heat pumps maintain a consistent water temperature, for just a few dollars per day, and they operate silently, so no worries about a loud, clunky machine, belching carbon monoxide.

You wouldn’t heat your house without a roof, or have a refrigerator with no doors! Retaining pool heat makes sense, and solar covers are a great heat insulator. They reduce energy costs and save water. It saves chemical costs because it keeps out debris, and reduces evaporation. Solar covers not only retain the heat put in the water from your pool heater; by soaking up the sun’s heat, they warm the water.

Reducing Pool Chlorine Consumption:

Chlorine is a great product, don’t get me wrong – but it uses a lot of energy and heat to produce, package, ship and store properly. Reducing your chlorine use is also better for the global environment and your local watershed.

Mineral purifiers, Ozone and Natural Chemistry products will reduce your chlorine demand, and because your water is hyper-sanitized, you may be able to run your pump for fewer hours each day.

Reduce Water Consumption:

Saving water is easy with a cartridge filter. They save tons of water since they don’t require backwashing. Backwashing can use anywhere from 400 to 800 gallons of water, while cleaning your cartridge with a garden hose will only use a fraction of the water needed to clean a sand or DE filter.

Fixing leaks on your pool equipment, or in the plumbing or the pool itself is also important to reduce water consumption. Fix-A-Leak is a great product for sealing up leaky, weepy pools. Just pour it in, and it seeks out and plugs holes the size of a pea or smaller.

Solar blanketsgreen-solar-blankets, as mentioned earlier, reduce evaporation of pool water by 80% – and with water rationing a reality in many drought stricken areas, they may soon be a mandated pool accessory.

Drought restrictions may also limit or restrict draining a pool, which makes it difficult for pool owners with very high levels of calcium, TDS or stabilizer, or for pools that have turned dark green from neglect.

pst-logoA company known as PST (and others) operate mobile pool water recycling trucks, which will pump all the water out of the pool, and send it through reverse-osmosis filters, refilling your pool with clean water that is low in minerals and metals.

You can save money in the long run while doing your part to preserve the environment around your home and around the world. These helpful hints can lead to a healthier pool, without draining a big hole in your wallet.

Just because you made a big investment in a pool doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice money and the environment just to maintain it. Anyone can take care of a pool in a cost-effective and earth friendly manner!

Alex Malamos
InTheSwim Staff Blogger

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