Pool Pumps: Pumping Water or Pumping Up your Energy Consumption?
So it’s the end of the month and you’re standing there scratching your head while holding the electricity bill, “Why am I paying so much?” You’ve checked the geyser, you conserve heat by way of geyser blankets and pipe insulation, you boil only as much water as you need and you have already installed LED lights throughout your household; but did you know how much energy pool pumps use?
The sad fact is that many people don’t realise the cost of pool pumps extends long after installation and without monitoring its operation you could be spending hundreds every month on electricity that you don’t really need. Before you go and rip out your entire pool to save money, there is some good news – you can prevent these large bills from drowning your dreams for sustainable living in some very practical ways.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind:
The first problem with swimming pool pumps is out of sight means out of mind. When you leave for work, in winter or on holiday are just some of the instances where we may even forget they’re running; they could be on for as long as 12 hours a day which is simply not practical or necessary. The operating costs of pool pumps go through the roof when used in this way, so monitor their use; they can still fulfil their function at half the output.
A further option is to use a pool cover which can optimise the effectiveness of pool pumps; it retains heat, prolongs the effects of chlorine by shielding it from UV rays and minimises the process of evaporation.
Change to Eco Pumps:
Another option, probably your most beneficial one, is to consider the purchase of an eco pool pump. The Badu Eco Touch pool pump which is reasonable in price but unbeatable in efficiency is a wonderful example of a pool pump that focuses on pumping water rather than pumping energy costs from your wallet. The Badu features lower energy consumption, low operating costs and low CO2 emissions which, in addition to good habits when monitoring your use of a pool pump, results in massive savings that quickly nullify the initial investment in these brilliantly designed pumps. For an interesting article on the benefits of the Badu Eco Touch Pool Pump from Sustainable.co.za, check out this post from My Power Online.
Couple your Eco Pump with Solar Power
One of the major problems that exist for pool pumps is that they are built in such a way that they aren't efficiently designed with energy consumption in mind. Because of this, it is highly impractical to be operating a regular pool pump using solar generated energy from a solar powered system within your household. A DC powered pool pump (such as the Lorentz PS600) in collaboration with a solar powered solution is currently the most cost effective way of getting your pool to run independently of Eskom. These solar powered pumps can be setup to run only during sunshine hours or with batteries for evening operation too.
In the end though, as long as we’re aware that pool pumps are another consideration to make when trying to cut energy consumption and, as a by product of that, save money then we can take practical steps to do just that.