Pumping out the Waste
What would you say if I told you that by making one small change to your pool you could save a significant amount per year? Not only that, but you would reduce your carbon footprint whilst keeping your pool clean, hygienic and safe to use?
It might sound too good to be true, but thanks to the advances in technology, there are ways in which you can improve the efficiency of your installation without, radical change or indeed without breaking the bank.
The High Cost of Family Fun
You have probably suspected this for some time, but the average pool owning household consumes 67% more energy than our non-pool owning neighbours. Some bigger pool pumps can use twenty times more power than your refrigerator, which is a pretty scary statistic. Each year, pools worldwide use 10 billion kilowatts of energy, which would require 24 stand-alone power plants to supply all that energy. This of course means that the carbon footprint is significant, creating 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
These statistics are no surprise when you think that the average pump will circulate 18,000 gallons of water per day. That’s a lot of water, and a lot of strain on the motor. In total, your pump is using 70% of the total energy associated with a pool.
To combat these costs and environmental impacts many pool owners turn off pumps for long periods in a day. This reduces costs at the expense of having pool water sat motionless, which can create a stagnant and potentially harmful environment.
The pump has a vital role to play, in sanitizing water, dispersing chemicals and ultimately maintaining healthy water. Turning off pumps can lead to fluctuating chlorine levels, which is not conducive to an effectively run pool; the pump, at whatever the cost, is a vital part of your setup.
A Smarter Solution
Fortunately, in recent year the industry has stepped up with a safer and easier solution to the problem – smart, intelligent pumps.
Smart pumps are able to operate at different speeds and can vary their output depending on the needs of the pool. To use a metaphor, a footballer doesn’t sprint constantly for 90 minutes, he reads the game and reacts accordingly; sometimes that means sprinting hard and at other times that walking back into position to reserve energy. In the same way, intelligent pumps vary their speed according to the needs of the pool, with the end result that they use less electricity. This ultimately means cheaper bills, a reduced carbon footprint and a longer life span for the pump itself. Not only that, Smart Pumps work on lower frequencies so are often far quieter than a standard pump.
So what are the options?
If you’re reading this blog, you’ll likely fall into 1 of 3 categories:
- You’re looking for a replacement pump for your pool
- You’re looking to get a pool and reading up on the costs involved
- You already have a pump that doesn’t need replacing
For those looking to buy a completely new pump up-front costs are higher, but you will save in the longer term, with annual savings on electricity often quoted up to £500 (though this is entirely dependent on range of factors, such as pool size). One of our top recommendations for a new pump is the Pentair Sta-Rite Variable Speed Pump, which will reduce your bills and provide years of circulation and sanitation for your pool.
If your existing pump is in good shape, upgrade options are available. You can install a pump inverter like the Clever-Pool Swimming Pool Pump Inverter to get the same benefits.
These pumps not only save you money, but provide a more powerful backwash to extend the life of your pump and improve water quality.
At UK Pool Store, we think having a pool available for use in the back yard is great. A home pool is ideal for keeping the whole family fit and healthy, it is a great excuse to entertain and host BBQs and garden parties and let’s not forgot, a lot of fun for adults and kids alike.
However, we all know that this luxury comes at a premium, which if you’re like me, is something that’s always in the back of your mind. So, if you are looking for ways of reducing the monthly bills then replacing or upgrading your pump with a smarter option is great idea, allowing you to:
- Save money
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Reduce noise levels
- Cut costs
- Reduce spending
- Minimise financial output
- Did we mention that you’d save money?