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  • Energy efficient equipment…is it worth the investment?

    Just think about this. If you have a swimming pool, your pool pump unit which is a combination of pump and electric motor, could be responsible for about 20-30% of your energy bill. This would make it without doubt, one of the single largest users of energy in your home.

    So how do you go about reducing that energy cost? It’s actually pretty easy. By simply making some smart purchasing decisions and following some helpful tips, in no time at all, you’ll reduce your pool energy costs and still enjoy all the great benefits.

    Pool Construction Energy Efficient
    Pool Construction Energy Efficient

    When you take a closer look, many high efficiency pool pumps operate at a number of pool settings. Your energy savings will be greatest when the pump is operating at it’s lowest setting – use a low speed setting for filtering and a higher speed if necessary for cleaning. It is important to ensure that the pump will work effectively with your filter pump and any other cleaning equipment of these settings. You may also need to adjust the times you operate the pump to ensure that you filter enough water each day.

    To help you minimise the energy use of your pool pump, the best thing is to choose the correct pump size which meets the requirements for your pool (and filter), as the larger the pump, the greater the maintenance and pumping costs (a larger pump isn’t always best). You should also consider using multi-speed and variable speed pumps. They run slower for filtering and use less energy, but can be sped up to run pool cleaning equipment, which uses more energy.

    If you have a multi-speed pump, take a close look at the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you run the pump at the lowest recommended speed, while meeting all health requirements. Obviously the more time you run the pump on the lower speed settings, the better your energy savings will be. Also, run your pump only when necessary. It’s usually enough to pump the entire volume of water through the filter once or twice a day.

    It’s a good idea to use a timer to effectively manage your pump’s running time. Check your plumbing. The most efficient pool plumbing usually has large diameter pipes with as few bends as possible. You should regularly clean your skimmer basket and pool filter, and be sure to keep your intake grates clear of debris. This will naturally reduce the load on your pool pump enabling it to work more efficiently and use less energy.

    High efficiency pumps will really pay off in the long run. At Albatross Pools, we can advise you on the right energy saving pool pump. A real favourite with customers at the moment is the Astral Pool Viron P320. If you’re looking to upgrade, then the Astral Pool Viron P600 is the perfect choice. So come and talk to us at Albatross Pools. We’ll take you through all the options and show you how you can dramatically reduce your energy bill by simply having the right pool pump working for you.

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