Did you know that after heating and cooling your home, your pool is your home’s biggest energy cost? In fact, according to Opower, homes with pools use 49% more energy per year than homes without them.
There are plenty of factors that contribute to high-energy costs in your inground swimming pool:
1. Heat loss due to evaporation. Evaporation is a process that requires a lot of energy. This one of the reasons, beyond keeping out debris, that you should cover your pool when it is not in use. If you need help choosing a cover for your pool, we’ve got you – well – covered! Installing windbreaks at your pool can also reduce evaporation.
2. Inefficient lighting. You can also reduce pool energy costs by using energy efficient light bulbs in your pool, just like you can use in your home. While the initial cost of the bulbs is more than traditional bulbs, you will save when it comes to energy costs and maintenance.
3. An overheated pool. Did you know that your cost goes up with every degree increase in the temperature of your pool? If you’re seeing high numbers on your energy bill, consider turning the pool down to a lower temperature.
4. An inefficient pump. Having an energy efficient pump can help you enjoy your pool all the way to the bank. Pentair has developed an energy efficient pool pump that can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your electric bill. In fact, they are ENERGY STAR® Certified.
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your pool’s energy usage, call us at (412) 741-4774 for a free energy audit!