It’s the dead of summer and everyone is hot, but what do you do? If you are lucky enough to have a personal pool it can be perfect for these hot summer days. According to thinkprogress.org having a pool can increase electricity bills by up to 49 percent compared to homes without pools. Knowing that owning a pool is going to increase electricity usage can help homeowners address the problem head-on. The following tips are for those proactive pool owners that want to reduce their monthly electricity bill.
- Make sure you are using the right pump for your pool.
Having the right pump for your pool size can lead to a more efficient pool. Having a smaller underpowered pump will lead to it always being on and a larger pump will lead to higher maintenance costs for the upkeep of the pump. To find the right pump for your pool contact your local pool company for advice.
- Make sure you have the most efficient pool cleaner.
Having the most efficient pool cleaner can help reduce electricity consumption and save the pool owner. The most efficient cleaner is a robotic cleaner. These type of cleaners operate for around 30 cents per kilowatt-hour according to Pacific Gas & Electric.
- Upgrade your pool lights to LED lighting.
Not only will replacing incandescent lights with LED lights lower your electricity bill but it will also save you in how often you have to pay to replace them. LED lights require fewer watts to be as bright as incandescent lights with some estimates being 75 percent less energy required. This will greatly reduce the amount of electricity it costs to have a pool.
- Turn down the heater when it is not being used.
Turning the heat down when there are no swimmers is another great way to reduce wasted electricity. The Red Cross advises that the healthiest temperature for swimming is 78 degrees, while many pool owners maintain a warmer temperature. Make sure the heater that you are using is a high-efficiency heater to continue reducing costs.