Tips To Make Your Swimming Pool Eco-Friendly

by Pool Builders on 09-28-2011 in Articles

Chances are your backyard is typically pretty green - well unless the area of the country you live in is in a drought situation - correct? Your grass may be green but is your swimming pool or spa eco-friendly? Maybe not, but you can work with your builder to implement upgrades and improvements that will provide cost savings as well as offer environmentally friendly advantages. Whether you're looking for reduced water consumption benefits, cost savings as it relates to electricity use and heating, here are some tips to implement to make it happen:

Eco-friendly swimming pool tips to incorporate into a building or remodeling project from the professionals:

· Swimming pool pump upgrades: Your builder will tell you that making a switch to a variable speed from a single speed pool pump. While a variable speed pump can cost between $800-1,000, it is more cost effective to operate and many owners notice a savings of at least 25% and up to 70% after the first month. A variable speed pump is programmed to operate at a lower speed for regular circulation and will switch to full speed during a cleaning burst. You could even opt to run the pump for 24 hours per day and it will still operate more cost effectively. If you live in an area of the country that is blessed with high temperatures - such as Arizona or California - you will want the water to be continually circulated as it can prevent algae bloom.

· Go digital: switching from a manual clock to a digital model you can program it to the day, hour and month. For owners in warmer climates, you will realize a greater energy savings, especially if you program it for six hours of running time in the winter and 10 hours of running time during the summer months.

· Off-peak hours: Whether you're running a swimming pool or a dish washer, running it during off-peak hours is a money saver because many electric companies lower the rates from about 9 pm to 9 am. Running the swimming pool pump at night can add up. Keep in mind that if you use a salt chlorinator you will need to run the pump for a couple of hours during the day to prevent the sun from depleting the chlorine.

There are certainly may other options you can incorporate into your swimming pool to make it more environmentally and eco-friendly and you will want to talk with your swimming pool builder for steps you can take to green up your swimming pool. You can also check information on the Pool Info Site for energy efficient hints and tips.

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