With climate change being discussed frequently in the media, it is no surprise that many homeowners are looking for ways that can help them reduce their environmental footprint. One area that can usually be improved is a home’s swimming pool.
Pools require a fair amount of energy in order to run their filtration, plumbing, and heating systems – but with a few easy changes, you can make a significant impact on your pool’s energy efficiency.
Whether you are designing a new residential outdoor pool, or want to upgrade your current pool’s energy use, these are 9 simple tips that can make a big difference.
Why should I make my pool more energy efficient?
Making your swimming pool more energy efficient is not only the right thing to do for the environment – it can also:
- Lower your energy bills
- Help extend the life of your pool equipment
- Cut down on energy waste
- Conserve water
How to make your pool more energy efficient
1. Use an automatic pool cover
Using a pool cover can help you reduce chemical use, water evaporation and heat loss in your pool dramatically, which will help you save energy, time, and money. Install an automatic pool cover to make the task of opening and closing it easier, as you will be more likely to do so.
2. Use an energy efficient pump, filter, and heater
Install an Energy Star variable speed pump, which uses only as much energy as needed to clean and filter your pool. Instead of running at full force 24/7, when the pump is filtering, it will use only half the energy of most non-Energy Star models.
Ensure that your pool’s filter is big enough so that your pump doesn’t have to work extra hard.
Choose a high-efficiency heater that can reach 90% efficiency to save substantially on your energy bills. Also, like your filter, ensure that your heater is the correct size for your pool.
3. Install windbreaks around your pool
Outdoor swimming pool owners should consider installing windbreaks as even modest winds increase evaporation rates and energy consumption. Windbreaks should be tall enough and close enough to the pool to limit airflow over the pool’s surface. A wall, a screen, a hedge, a solid fence, or a fence with plant cover should do the trick.
4. Heat your pool using the sun
Solar heaters are starting to gain popularity among homeowners, as they allow you to harness the energy of the sun to heat your pool. Solar Heaters use energy collecting panels and are a great option to heat your pool during the day if your backyard receives a lot of sunlight.
Solar blankets also use the power of the sun, but in this case, they use the trapped heat from the sun-warmed water to keep the water at the perfect temperature overnight.
5. Choose a darker finish
If you are currently designing your pool or you are planning to renovate it, opt for darker coloured tiles or liner to maximize heat absorption. With more heat, you can enjoy your pool for longer – and if you use a heater, it will reduce your need to run it.
6. Lower your pool’s temperature (a degree or two can make a difference)
Lowering your pool’s temperature by even a degree or two can help make a difference. If you do prefer to swim in warmer water, consider raising it only slightly before swimming, and then promptly lowering the temperature once you are finished.
7. Upgrade to LED lights
Switching to LED lights can make your pool more energy efficient than using traditional incandescent light bulbs. LEDs also last three times as long, saving you time and reducing the need for maintenance.
8. Stay on top of your pool’s maintenance
Daily pool maintenance may sound tedious, but it certainly adds up to less money spent overall. So, keep your drain systems clear with periodic backwashing and clean your filter regularly. A clean and properly functioning pool will run more efficiently and save you more money on your monthly bills.
9. Choose a Vancouver swimming pool contractor that prioritizes energy efficiency
Pools are natural solar energy collectors, converting 75-85% of the sun’s rays into heat. When designing your pool in Vancouver, choose a company that prioritizes energy efficiency and great design. A major factor in good pool design is selecting the right location for your pool. With your Vancouver swimming pool contactor, find a location with some sun exposure to make your pool more energy efficient and enjoyable for your family.
Want to make your existing pool more energy efficient? Contact our team of professional Vancouver swimming pool contractors today at 604-255-8551.