Tips for an Energy Efficient In Ground Concrete Pool

These are some areas where you can save some significant money on electricity usage on your in ground pool:

Pump Operating costs – $800 per year in energy savings in electricity alone by using the following components:

2” suction lines (rather than 1 ½”,) sweep 90° elbows, a high efficiency/high flow cartridge filter with 90% less restriction, no complicated backwash valve, full flow 3 way valves, extra returns and supply lines and most importantly, and energy efficient variable speed pump.

Robotic Cleaner – $150+ savings in nasty, harsh chemicals and water per year.

A state of the art robotic cleaner doesn’t just stir dirt around for your filter to collect (and require extra filter cleaning, chemicals, an inefficient booster pump and backwashing.  A robotic cleaner will save thousands of gallons of water a year due to decreased filter backwashing.

Basic Chemicals – $850 savings in nasty, harsh chemicals per year (and this is on the low side!)

pH up, algaecide, chlorine tablets, weekly shock, water clarifier.  It is not uncommon to spend $40-$80 per week on chemicals alone.  With a salt water chlorination system, you will need about $75 of muriatic acid a year and some scale preventer costs about $35.  You also will occasionally need to add salt after rain storms or splash out.  This will be about $60 a year. No weekly chlorine. No regular shock. No tablets. No algaecide. No waiting to swim after putting in chemicals.   Normal pool chemicals = approx. $1000 per year.  Salt water pools use about $150 of salt and pH adjuster per year.

Diatomaceous earth, water, and chemicals – $100 in annual savings in H2O, chemicals, & DE!

Approximately every six weeks you will need to backwash a DE filter by pumping about 1000 gallons of pool water back through the filter to clean it.  Most people do this 3-4 times a season and every time you backwash, you need to re-adjust the chemicals in the pool.  No need to do this with a  state of the art system 3 cartridge filter.

LED pool lights vs. energy wasting incandescent – $100 in annual savings in electricity!

Ultra energy efficient LED lights will not only look better than old fashioned bulbs, but they will change colors, last 10x as long and save you about $100 per year over standard, 500w pool lights.

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Tony Caciolo

Tony Caciolo is the President of Monogram Custom Homes and pools and has completed over 1500 projects in Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks County

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