Tips on Operating, Care, Installation & Maintenance
Sometimes, the most simple of devices can increase energy-efficiency. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs, for example, and the energy savings happen automatically. When it comes to swimming pools, one simple and inexpensive device that can decrease the amount of energy used and dollars wasted is the pool filter timer, the 3rd recommendation in my series of four on how to make your swimming pool more energy-efficient in 2012.
3. Pool Filter Timer
A third way to save energy is to use a Pool Filter Timer. Automating a pool’s filter operation pays for itself in energy savings within the first couple of months. Except during times of heavy use, most… Continue reading
Making your backyard swimming pool more energy-efficient isn’t just about being more environmentally friendly — although, that’s a pretty good reason in itself. Energy-efficiency is also about saving money. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t like to keep a little more green in their pockets, especially considering our current economic challenges.
The first post in this series of 4 posts recommended Solar Pool Covers as one way to increase your pool’s efficiency. In this second post, the subject is Solar Pool Heaters.
2. Solar Pool Heater
With enough money and creativity, swimming pools can be constructed in any shape or design you can imagine. Builders can add multi-level waterfalls, fountains, decorative landscaping, rock formations, and more to create a luxurious backyard escape. For those of us, though, who chose to have a traditional swimming pool installed without the fancy features, dressing up our existing pool is still a possibility.
Spruce up your poolside landscaping with luscious potted trees and other greenery, or install colorful and easy-spreading ground cover plants that require little maintenance and look great all season.
Visit your local garden center or scour your own property to find eye-catching stones to place around the pool as decorative focal points.
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Hopefully, your pool is now protected for the winter and properly closed (unless you are one of the few lucky enough to live in a tropical location year round). If you DID have a winter time disaster, such as frozen pipes, do you know how to solve to problem come spring? For cracked pipes or leaking pools, excavation can be extremely expensive. Try Fix-A-Leak first. a blended concentrated material designed to seal leaks in virtually any material. It works extremely well on all types of plastics, from spas to plumbing. Fix a leak forms a permanent seal on holes up to 1/8″ in diameter. It is perfect for leaks in the walls, floor, or shell of a pool or hot… Continue reading
Some would argue that the best gifts are practical gifts that serve a purpose and make the life of the recipient a little bit easier. But, there’s no rule that states that practical gifts can’t also be fun. Choosing a practical gift for your favorite pool owner that is not only fun but also inexpensive would be even better.
Remote control pool skimmers, for example, make practical and fun gifts that are also quite inexpensive. Pool skimmers aid in pool maintenance by skimming the surface of the water and picking up floating leaves and other debris. Remote control pool skimmers make this necessary job more fun. Kids and adults enjoy steering the skimmer… Continue reading