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Improve the Efficiency of Your Swimming Pool and Hot Tub
By Eric Corey Freed

Having a swimming pool in your backyard can make yours the most popular house on the block on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, the chemicals, maintenance, and safety issues make pool care a headache. The water and energy needed to maintain your pool has an impact on the environment as well.

Consider these ways to improve the efficiency of your pool:

  • Choose the smallest pump and the largest filter suitable for your pool. This will save energy and the installation cost of your pool system.
  • Circulate the water in the pump for the shortest time needed to clean it (usually less than three hours). Pool pumps often run much longer than needed, using up more electricity than necessary.
  • Install a timer on the pump and set it to run for several short cycles throughout the day. Doing this will drastically reduce your energy costs for your pool.
  • Use a pool cover to keep heat (and water) in your pool. A cover reduces evaporation of water from the pool when it’s not in use. In fact, a cover can reduce water loss by 30% to 50%.
  • Significantly reduce pool heating costs by installing a solar pool heater on your roof. Solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates.
  • Skip the chlorinated water. A natural pool, saltwater pool, or ozone pool is a healthier and easier-to-maintain option than the standard chlorine variety.


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