Spring is the time when many pool owners get excited for swim season! It also brings an increase in energy costs. This is why spring is the optimal time to think about replacing your pool pump. If your old motor has gotten loud, or you’ve noticed a persistent leak, it might be time to upgrade. At Paradise Pool Service, our energy efficiency experts are here to help! In this post, we’ll explain just how much money you could save by upgrading to an energy efficient variable speed pump.
Do Your Research
There are numerous options when selecting a new pool pump. You may be inclined to choose the standard option with the lower upfront cost. We think that’s a mistake, and we’ll explain why. Purchasing a new pool pump is a perfect opportunity to upgrade to an energy efficient pump. Not all pool pumps are created equal. Just because a pump says it’s “energy efficient” doesn’t mean that it’s going to save you a lot of money. When we talk about substantial energy savings, we’re talking about variable speed pump technology. In recent years, there have been amazing advances in pool pump technology. This new technology allows pool owners to save significant amounts of money on their electrical costs.
How it Works
Think of a variable speed pool motor as being similar to the technology used in a hybrid car. Variable speed pumps run at a lower speed for a longer length of time. This not only saves electricity, but also offers better water quality and quieter operation.
How Much Will I Save?
Energy efficient variable speed pumps can slash energy costs by up to 90% versus traditional pool pumps. Savings depend on factors such as your current electric cost per kilowatt hour. Your current pump’s horsepower and daily run time must also be considered. It’s important to note that water features, such as waterfalls and spillovers, will reduce the amount of potential savings. This is because the minimum pump speed required to run them is higher than the speed required for the pool. Your heater or heat pump may also require pump speeds greater than that of normal operation. The greatest energy savings are achieved with the use of automation. The automation will turn your pool pump on to the lowest speed necessary for the specified amount of time a particular feature is running.
Let’s look at an example:
A pool is 15,000 gallons and currently has a 1.5HP pump that runs 8 hours per day at an electricity rate of $0.10 per kilowatt hour. By upgrading to one of our energy efficient variable speed pumps, this pool owner could save $515 per year. That’s an energy savings of 85%! If we take the same pool with a water feature that runs continuously, upgrading to an energy efficient variable speed pump would yield and approximate savings of $320 per year or 53%.