Let’s face it. Even if cost isn’t a problem, few pool owners enjoy the uptick in their energy bills when it comes time to heat their pools.
It’s a problem that can get complicated, especially when others in the family voice their opinions about the temperature of the water, or should we say the lack of temperature in the water.
If you’re caught between trying to tame your energy bills and suffering your family’s protests against icy water, there is a way out.
3 Ways to Make Your Pool More Energy Efficient
Keeping the water at a temperature that everyone can tolerate might be the biggest energy draw that’s due to your pool, but it isn’t the only one.
- Use a Solar Blanket – They help keep your pool warmer in at least three ways. First, as the name implies, they convert more of the sun’s energy into heat energy in your pool’s water than regular covers.
They also insulate the water better than a regular cover to keep more of that heat energy in the water, especially on cooler nights.
Finally, they do what most covers do, which is slow down the evaporation of water from the pool. Evaporated water must be replaced and that’s usually with cold water. So less evaporated water means less cold water needs to be added to your pool and heated.
- Switch to Energy Efficient Pool Equipment and Accessories – Yes, this means making an investment, but, especially if you use and heat your pool more than average, it’s an investment with a return. Energy-efficient pumps, heaters, filters and pool lighting can slash your pool energy costs by 30% or more.
And if you add swimming pool water features, like waterfalls and deck jets, you won’t be adding so much to your energy bill
- Use a solar Pool Heating System – The return on this investment is free heat. Easy to install and use your existing pump and filtration system, solar water heating systems are proven to be the most cost-effective way to heat your pool. Imagine extending your swim season this year, without visions of dollar signs dancing in your head.
If you’re thinking about making changes in or around your pool, check out our article “The Best Time to Renovate Your Swimming Pool”.