With the price of kilowatt-hours going up in areas around Central Pennsylvania, a question we hear often is “What products can I get to improve the energy efficiency of my swimming pool?” At Goodall Pools, we take energy efficiency seriously. Our approach to everything from pool renovation to new pool equipment aims to keep both your environment and your finances healthy.
We place a number of options at your disposal to help save money on your next batch of energy bills. No one expects you to apply every energy-efficient solution at once. Our team can help you strategize your pathway to more sustainable energy consumption for your pool one step at a time.
As you proceed, we recommend using an energy calculator (also linked on the Equipment & Cleaners page of our website). Additionally, consider the following solutions for energy efficiency through pool renovation and pool equipment.
Energy Efficiency Through Pool Renovation
Pool Liner Replacement
If you have ever worn a black shirt in 90-degree weather, you know how well darker colors absorb and retain heat. The same concept applies to your pool finish. Refinishing your pool with a darker liner will take some of the demand off of your pool heater and, thereby, conserve energy.
A renovation job is a great time to add automation to your pool’s equipment pad. This technology allows you to manage your pool’s functions from wifi-enabled controls. You can easily adjust the output from the pump, the heater, the lights, and other equipment that impacts your utility bills from a central device.
One of the main energy efficiency challenges with pools lies in plumbing. If pipes are too narrow or if they make too many sharp bends and turns throughout the system, the pump has to work harder to circulate water. Our team can redo the plumbing as part of a pool renovation or even a basic service call, so water can move more fluidly and, in turn, reduce the energy required to run the pump.
In a pool renovation, one of the simplest ways to enhance energy efficiency is to replace the lighting system. According to the Department of Energy, LED lighting uses up to 90% less energy than incandescent lighting and lasts up to 25 times longer.
Energy Efficiency Through Pool Equipment
If you’re not interested in an all-out pool renovation, you can still conserve energy through the pool equipment you buy starting with the filter. Cartridge filters are more economical than sand or DE filters because they don’t waste water or involve a messy backwash. Therefore, they are a wise choice if you want to save time and money.
Variable-Speed Pool Pumps
So much of our pool’s energy costs come from the pump. That being the case, you may want to put in a variable-speed pump where your single-speed pump currently stands. At Goodall Pools, we carry variable-speed pumps that, according to ENERGY STAR, can help you save on your pumping bill by up to 75%. We carry these pumps for a variety of pool sizes, so talk to our experts, and we can help you do the math that will bring you savings.
Solar Covers and Heat Pumps
Maintaining the proper temperature is critical for your swimming experience. Step 1 in meeting this goal is to get a solar cover. Goodall Pools carries both insulated and liquid solar covers to help retain the water’s heat and reduce evaporation.
If you plan on using your pool beyond the summer heatwave, invest in a heat pump. Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than their gas counterparts and can add weeks to your swim season.