Want A Pool And Also Lower Energy Bills? 5 Ways To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Posted on: 27 September 2017

Adding a swimming pool to your backyard is a great way to increase your family's enjoyment of the space as well as raising the value of your home. But if you're worried about the effect it will have on your water or electricity bill, here are five ways to make any pool more energy efficient.

Avoid Windy Areas. Wind racing across the top of your pool not only makes things less comfortable for people using the pool, but it also makes water evaporate more quickly and cools down the water if your pool is heated. Avoid this water wasting problem by determining where the wind is the least active in your yard. This may take some experimentation, but it's an easy way to avoid higher energy bills.

Use Variable Speed Pumps. Variable speed pumps, as their name suggests, allow you to run the pump at a lower speed for longer periods of time. Although this may sound like a wash in terms of energy usage, it will actually result in less energy used overall. You can still adjust it when you want, so it's really a win-win situation. 

Learn Your Use Schedule. Most people end up using their pool during certain times and not really making full use the rest of the time. If you can identify when your family tends to enjoy the pool and when they simply don't have time or energy to do so—such as during the work week or during certain cold months of the year—then you can turn the thermostat down and save a lot of money. 

Maintain the Pool. Regular pool maintenance will keep everything in tip-top shape and working as efficiently as it was designed to do. Clean the filter regularly and be sure to keep leaves or other debris out of the water so that it won't cause filter issues. 

Use the Sun. The sun is a great friend to energy conscious pool owners. By placing the pool in a spot that gets lots of direct sunlight for as long as possible in the afternoon, you'll reduce the energy that the heater needs to warm the water. Test out your chosen locations by placing a hose in the approximate shape of the pool and checking it during different parts of the day or seasons. 

These simple and usually inexpensive tips can help you find the most energy efficient place to install the pool but also ways to keep it running at its best. Talk to pool contractors from companies like PoolAgain to learn about other ways you can enjoy the pool more and worry less about energy costs.