In the summertime, your swimming pool is a refreshing oasis. But the energy costs that come with it aren’t always so cool. According to the Department of Energy, your pool pump alone can cost you as much as $270 per year. Fortunately, there are things you can do to run your pool more efficiently so you can save while you splash.
Tips for energy savings
Here are 5 things you can do to cut your pool energy costs.
Step 1: Put your pool pump on a timer. Our top tip for saving energy is to only run your pool pump for as long as it’s needed. That’s somewhere between eight and 12 hours a day during the summer and six and eight hours a day during the winter. When your pump is on a timer, you don’t even have to think about it.
For even greater savings, you might consider switching to an SRP Time-of-Use Price Plan™ (TOU) and running your pool pump during off-peak hours. Learn how a TOU plan can help you save.
Step 2: Clean your pool filters and baskets often. Clean filters and baskets help your pool pump run more efficiently, so it’s a good idea to clean them often.
Step 3: Check your pool chemistry. Check your pool chemistry regularly to make sure your water stays clean and clear. Many pool shops will do free water checks if you bring in a water sample.
Step 4: Change your filters. Dirty filters make your system work harder, so be sure to change them regularly. For guidance on how often to change your filters, check with the manufacturer.
Step 5: Invest in a pool cover. Pool covers help keep your pool clean. They also keep water from evaporating and help keep temperatures cool. Visit a local pool store or even a nearby home improvement store to explore your options.
Now you’re ready to enjoy your pool fully this summer, knowing you’re doing all you can to keep energy costs low.