Swimming pools and spas use energy to heat water, to run filtration systems, to pump water into the pool and through water features, and for lighting. You can reduce the energy consumed by your swimming pool by implementing the following recommendations:
- Use a pool cover. It will reduce heating bills by preventing night heat loss and will save on chemicals too. Some pool covers are designed to use solar energy to heat the pool. Make certain that the cover fits properly. A cover is the number one fossil fuel conservation device!
- If heated, reduce your pool and/or spa water temperature. Some pool covers are designed to use solar energy to heat the pool.
- Shut down unnecessary fountains and waterfalls to reduce pumping costs.
- Manually clean your filter. You'll do a more thorough job and use less energy.
- Reevaluate the frequency of backwashing if your pool has no separation tank. Most people backwash more frequently than necessary. This wastes water and energy. Some pool filters do not have to be backwashed at all; they can be taken apart and cleaned, even though this process is less convenient.
- Install a solar water heating system for your swimming pool.
Your savings will vary depending upon your specific swimming pool and situation, but by implementing a few simple efficiency measures it should be possible to save a substantial amount of energy in your swimming pool.