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Swimming pools are a great way to keep cool in the summer, but operating costs can add up quickly.
Maximize your savings with these energy efficiency tips.


10 tips for cooling your pool’s energy costs

Start with small low-cost projects and then look at bigger energy-efficient investments to save even more.
  • 1

  • Keep the cover on
  • Pools lose up to half their heat from the surface. Use a solar cover to conserve heat and lower costs by as much as 50%.

  • 2

  • Reduce your pump time
  • Think about whether you need to run your pump 24 hours a day. Save money by operating it 12 hours a day during off-peak or mid-peak hours.

  • 3

  • Schedule regular upkeep
  • Pool pumps run more efficiently with clean filters and strainers. Check once a year for scale, mineral deposits and corrosion.

  • 4

  • Turn down two degrees
  • Save on heating costs by turning the temperature down two degrees. Also try reducing the temperature midweek when you’re not in the pool.

  • 5

  • Set a savings timer
  • Use a timer to run pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods when energy prices are lowest.

  • 6

  • Upgrade to LED BULBS
  • LED lightbulbs use up to 75% less electricity and last up to 25 times longer. They’re also great for the pool deck and outdoor areas.

  • 7

  • Automate your cleaning
  • Robotic pool cleaners do the work for you and use less energy. They can lower your cleaning costs by more than 50%.

  • 8

  • Upgrade your pool pump
  • Replace your pump with a variable-speed pump and reduce your energy usage by up to 90%.

  • 9

  • Cut costs with a heat pump
  • Heat pumps can save up to 75% on your water heating costs, compared to electric resistance heating systems.

  • 10

  • Save with sunshine
  • Solar heaters mean big savings. They are the most cost-effective and best choice for heating your pool.