One of the biggest users of electricity in your home is your pool pump. That’s right, if you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, the electricity to maintain it, will run you just under the cost of heating and cooling your home. However, if you’re careful, invest in a pool pump timer and pay attention you can drastically cut down on your consumption, so you and your family can enjoy your swimming pool guilt free.
Choose the right sized pump – It’s important to know what size your pool is so you can choose a pump that can handle the volume of water, without having to work continuously to circulate it. As a general rule of thumb, your pump needs to churn through the pool capacity every 12 hours. If you’ve purchased a home with an existing filtration system, it’s a good idea to check out what the current pump’s capacity is. For more information on selecting the right size check out this link. http://swimming.about.com/od/
Purchase a Pool Pump Timer That Works For You – Pump timers come in a variety of different kinds, from the simplest ones, to one that you can set and operate from your smartphone. When in doubt it’s always a good idea to have a professional install and set up your timer. The money the installation costs will quickly be recouped in electricity savings, and you’ll be confident that the timer is correctly installed. If you’d like to find out more about installing a pool timer, talk to us (link to contact page).
Determine How Long to Run Your Pump – Now that you’re running the correct size pump, and circulating your water every 12 hours, you might want to evaluate if you really need to run your pump that much. Look closely at the water and it’s clarity, and then turn the timer down 30 minutes. Repeat this process until you’re unsatisfied with the condition of the water and simply pump the timer back up 30 minutes. Some sources say if you can reduce your pump use by 2 hours a day, you can save $10 a month on your electric bill.
What Time Your Pump Runs Can Also Save Money – In many areas, consumers are given a lower rate tariff during off-peak hours. If you program your pool pump to operate during these hours, the savings can be substantial.
Having a pool doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little bit of time and effort, you and your family can enjoy a swimming pool, without breaking the bank.