Minimise Your Pool Energy Use

Swimming pools & spas can be large energy users, beaten only by hot water services and air conditioning when it comes to consumption. Fortunately, there are some simple measures that you can employ to reduce energy consumption and keep costs down.

Talk To Your Energy Provider

Some energy providers offer incentives to use electricity out of peak times. Moving to shoulder or off-peak tariff periods isn’t limited to pool equipment either, running clothes dryers and dishwashers, outside peak times can provide cost savings as well. Enquire about ‘Smart Meters’ as some energy providers offer free upgrades, allowing you to take advantage of cheaper energy rates. You may decide to locate the pool equipment away from the house or use a sound proofing cover to minimise the noise, if you choose to run the equipment overnight to capitalise on cheaper energy.

Invest in Efficiency

The larger the pump, the more power it uses, so opt for the pump size that fits your requirements, but no bigger. The E3 Energy Rating Labelling Program for pool pumps offers guidance on the most energy efficient. Consider upgrading to a Multi-speed or Variable speed pump. They can offer a multitude of functions, while providing large savings, up to $500 per year.

Running times should be matched with filtering and sanitisation requirements, with the system set for optimal daily run times, multiple short cycles are better than one larger cycle.

Pool Covers and Heat Loss

Around 90% of heat loss in a pool occurs at the surface. Not only can a blanket protect the pool from leaf litter & other debris, they can substantially extend the swimming season. In the case of a heated pool, a well-fitting blanket can deliver an energy saving of up to 50%.

Even without pool heating (gas, electric or solar), the addition of a pool blanket can result in a 6-8 degree temperature increase in a pool that has a sunny aspect.

Regular Maintenance

It is important to have a regular maintenance program. Removal of leaf litter & other debris, cleaning filter and general maintenance will prevent poor circulation and associated problems. If the equipment has to work harder than necessary, it will draw more power and cost more to run.

Graham Parry

Wishart | Sales

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Published On: May 18, 2021

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