I have one of those computerized electricity meters now so I will check to see if I get reduced rates in the evening. I use a salt water chlorinator so that increases my usage, and hopefully my savings! Thanks for that great idea!
Saving Money Poolside
I’m sure just about everyone has heard the old adage that the two best days in the lives of boat owners are the day they bought the boat and the day they sold it. Pool owners do not want the same said of them.
But not unlike boats, pools are a lot of work and having that backyard oasis is not free. So, in these times when the costs of most things tend to be on the rise, there simply MUST be ways to implement at least a few more cost-effective practices.
The good news is there are. But, cutting corners on maintenance tasks is not one of them. If we’re honest with ourselves, we already know that. You know…act in haste, repent at leisure. If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Measure twice and cut once. As far as pools go, keeping up regular maintenance is a tried-and-true way to keep costs from skyrocketing. Like the tortoise learned, “slow and steady wins the race.” Keep things up so they don’t break down. Buy the best you can afford. You get what you pay for.
Timing is Everything
Utility companies have long advised customers that running major appliances at night — also known as the off-peak hours — can lead to considerable savings. A simple phone call may be all it takes to find out that running your pool filter at night is the way to go.
If that’s the case, check into a programmable pump that can give you the freedom to run your filter at the most opportune times. A programmable, variable-speed pump allows you to adjust the speed at which the water is pumped through the filter, which means energy isn’t wasted during those times in the cycle when a slower flow is appropriate. While it’s true that such pumps cost more at the get-go, their greater efficiency could lead to savings of 50% and much, much more. That’s good for your wallet and good for the environment. Also, if you keep that filter as clean as possible, you can avoid a multitude of more complex and expensive conundrums.
Balance is Bliss
Determine the most blissful balance you can between your chlorine and cyanuric acid, because chlorine can’t go it alone. It needs that stabilizing acid to really get the job done right. Lack of balance may mean you’re throwing good money after bad and still not keeping your water clean. And while we’re on the topic of balance, it can’t be overstated that maintaining a balance of alkalinity, pH, calcium hardness levels, and so on can only lead to cost savings. Remember, if it’s worth doing…
Solar covers for your pool can keep out debris, cut down on the amount of water lost to evaporation, and still allow the sun to do what it does best — heat the pool. Naturally, saving water means saving money. And cutting down on evaporation means there’s less added water that must be chemically treated. Beyond that, sunlight supplies free heat. Once the water is warm, a solar cover can keep much of that heat from escaping overnight when temperatures drop. So what’s not to love?
Enough is Enough
Generally speaking, overall costs can be reduced if you learn to do everything enough, but not too much. Enough is enough, but too much will cost you. Learn to run your equipment enough to get the job done but don’t overdo it. Keep the water warm enough for swimming but dial down when it’s not heavily used. Just as in home heating, adjusting the temperature just a degree or two can result in substantial savings. Think cool savings…because cooler is more refreshing, right?