Read these top tips for how to reduce your pool’s load on your energy bill.
A pool is a resource intensive addition to a home. And as with most things residential, it can be made more energy efficient. Follow these simple steps to reduce your pool’s thirst for energy.
- Pool covers — Pool covers go a long way towards reducing energy consumption. The covers stop water from evaporating so easily from the surface. Though they only stop water from evaporating, they are ultimately saving energy since any evaporating water has already been processed by the pool’s systems. These are energy intensive systems such as heating and filtration. As well as pool covers, evaporation can also be slowed by stopping the rate of airflow over the pool.
- Pool pump — Pool pumps can often be too large for the pool they’re pumping. If you’re looking to buy a pump, or selecting a new one, make sure that it’s optimised to the volume of your pool. Further, look for some of the more energy efficient models — the energy efficiency star rating system applies to pool pumps, too.Further, you can also tinker with the pumping and filtration timing of your pool to optimise energy usage.
“Over a year, a pool pump running 24 hours a day can produce as much greenhouse gas as a large car.”
- Filter cleaning — Water filtration uses up the majority of pool energy. To upkeep the highest efficiency of your filter, make sure to keep the filter basket cleared for optimal water circulation.
- Cleaning — Keeping your pool clean is a great way to reduce your overall energy expenditure. By using minor cleaning tricks regularly, you can keep your pool water cleaner and ultimately reduce the amount of energy required to filter it, and reduce the incidence of water replacement. You can reduce your filtration duration to around three hours. If the pool develops dirty water, increase the filtering duration steadily longer until it is sufficient.
- Lighting — As with all of your indoor lights, your outdoor ones, too, can be replaced with energy efficient alternatives such as LEDs.
The Queensland government offers a suite of incentives for energy efficient pool equipment. The deal is for eligible South East Queensland homes. Households are rewarded with $250 for installing their pool pump with an off-peak energy usage tariff; they can also be rewarded with $150 for installing a pool pump with a minimum of 5 star energy rating. This scheme benefits pool owners by reducing their energy usage (both off-peak energy and energy efficient units are cheaper) and with the financial incentives.