Splash into Savings with Energy Efficiency
Unlike pool season, saving season is year round. On a daily basis most of us try to be “greener” in our choices, both in terms of our footprint on the planet and saving money, by leading a more energy efficient life. Did you know that your pool is a great place to start saving?! Well it is and here’s how:
Be an Energy Star
In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its ENERGY STAR® program, a voluntary initiative designed to help Americans save money and protect the environment through energy efficiency. The program helps identify and promote energy efficient products nationwide and awards its very familiar ENERGY STAR® certification to products that meet its criteria.
Their website offers savings tips, factsheets, product reviews, and more. You can also search and compare certified products using the handy Product Finder tool. The site even allows you to search by ZIP code to find ENERGY STAR® partners, like Pentair, who offer rebates on certified products, such as variable speed pumps, high-efficiency heaters and other pool equipment.
Many utility companies also offer rebates on variable speed pumps. Learn more here.
Similar to the EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) maintains a website that is a consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable technologies at home. Managed by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Energy Saver website offers valuable information on steps you can take to operate a more energy efficient pool. Use the search term “swimming pool” to find useful tips and strategies, like how to lower overall heating costs and improve your pool's energy efficiency.
Dive into Savings
A swimming pool’s water temperature is typically between 78°F and 82°F. Each degree warmer can mean a 10%–30% increase in energy costs. Suddenly, a tiny bit cooler sounds pretty refreshing, doesn’t it? And if the pool won’t be seeing any use, turn the heater down or off. Learn more here.
Did you know that covering your pool during off hours reduce water evaporation? That alone could cut your heating bill by nearly half! Learn more here.
Make sure your pool pump is energy efficient and in good working order. According to the EPA, if all pool pumps sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR® certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $1.3 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. That’s the equivalent to emissions from more than 2 million vehicles! Use the Residential Pool Pump Savings Calculator to see how much you could save with an energy efficient variable speed pump.
For more tips on selecting the best pool pump for your pool check out 3 Things to Know Before Buying a Pool Pump.
In general, both energy and money savings happen one step at a time. So, do your research, ask trusted friends and talk to the professionals. You’ll be on your way to “greener” pastures before you know it!