Using Your Pool Wisely
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Try these handy tips to cool down your electricity costs
While swimming pools are a fun way to cool off and relax in the summer, they can lead to higher energy costs. Follow these four steps to keep your pool running as efficiently as possible:
Keep it covered
Keep your pool/hot tubs/spas covered when not in use. Uncovered pools can lose 30% of their heat and over 10,000 litres of water just through evaporation. Consider using a solar blanket to keep swimming pools warm overnight.
Run your pool and spa pump only as needed. For pools, run your pump for just 12 hours during off-peak and mid-peak hours, instead of around the clock. You’ll save electricity.
Let your timer do the work
Use timers to operate swimming pool pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods when prices are lowest. Lower the temperature during the week then reset the thermostat on Friday evening so it’s the right temperature for the weekend.
Become a pool inspector
Regularly clean strainers and filters to help your pool pump run more efficiently. Be sure to inspect your pool, hot tub or spa heater once a year for scale, mineral deposits and corrosion.
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Invest to Improve
Swimming pools can be costly to maintain, so spending a few extra dollars can pay off long-term. Here are a few ideas that can cut down on your summer energy bills.
Save with sunshine
Solar pool heaters are about $3,000 to $5,000 but can be a cost-effective purchase when you consider the costs of equipment, installation and fuel for a traditional heater.
Make the switch to LEDs
Replace your pool’s underwater lights with energy-efficient bulbs. LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and last longer too. Remember to switch the lights off when you’re not using your pool.
Automate your cleaning
Using a robotic pool cleaner instead of a pressure cleaner is more energy efficient and can lower your cleaning costs by up to 50%!
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