Owning your own swimming pool is an incredible feeling. Pool parties, games, and relaxing summer afternoons are instantly improved with your own pool, giving you the freedom and flexibility to entertain and relax at your leisure.
But despite all the positive aspects of pool ownership, the energy costs associated with keeping one well-maintained and operating efficiently can be staggering to first-time pool owners. And while brand new, sustainable swimming pools are a great cost-saving solution without sacrificing performance, not everyone has the budget to remodel or replace their existing pool.
Thankfully, there are options to save considerably on energy bills with just a few additions to your system.
A modern pool enclosure can lead to substantial savings on an annual basis, conserving up to 50% of replacement water lost to evaporation. Operating as a complete enclosure for pool systems and the surrounding decking, pool enclosures go beyond a flimsy cover or tarp, protecting your investment from energy loss due to evaporation, convection, and escaping heat. In fact, a high-quality pool enclosure can save pool owners up to 70% in their annual energy and operational costs.
Automatic Cleaning System
High-quality robotic cleaning systems boast many perks, most notably a 93% performance gain over traditional pool filtration systems, leads to significant savings over the long term. Plus, they clean the sides and corners of the pool, saving considerable time and effort.
Solar Energy Collectors
Ask any long-time pool owner and they’ll all tell you the same thing: keep the heater cranked down as low as you can stand it. Why? For every single tick gained on the thermometer, your energy costs for heating the water increase by 10%. The best way to offset the cost of heating your pool is by using solar energy collectors attached to your pool’s heating system. These units are competitively priced with gas and heat pump heaters, but the performance gained by investing in a solar solution make it an easy choice for pool owners. Estimated return on investment with a solar energy collector is between 18 months and 7 years.
Fluorescent or LED Lighting
If you’re not already aware of the benefits of LED lighting, you should be. Incrementally more expensive than incandescent bulbs, the energy savings provided by LED bulbs approach 99% over long-term use. Plus, they last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, making them a perfect solution for pool lighting systems.