Do you want a more energy-efficient pool? Here are some pool maintenance tips that can also help save on electricity costs:
Invest in proper pool pumps.
As the equipment that consumes energy the most, pool pumps have to operate with high efficiency. Use pumps with adjustable speed settings or select brands that are part of the voluntary labelling program. The Energy Rating website of the Australian, State and Territory and New Zealand Governments has a listing of these compliant pool pump models. Use a timer to run the pool pump exactly as the manufacturer directs.
Switch to energy-efficient lighting.
Discard old incandescent bulbs, and replace them with more energy-efficientalternatives like fluorescent lights or LEDs. Look for products that use less wattage and last longer than previously installed lights. Consider natural lighting whenever there is plenty of sunlight or moonlight, or even solar-powered lights.
Purchase solar pool covers.
Solar pool covers or thermal pool blankets allow you to save on heating costs, which substantially contribute to your electricity bill. The air pockets or bubbles in this equipment collect the sun’s heat, which is then used to warm the water. The cover also prevents the heat from escaping at night. It also reduces the rate of evaporation, so you conserve water and minimise the consequent use of water pumps.