How to Make 2012 the Year of the Energy Efficient Pool — Part 1 of 4
Now is the best time to start thinking about how to improve the energy-efficiency of your backyard swimming pool. Operating and maintaining a pool using older, less efficient equipment sucks up energy and money, leaving your pockets empty at the end of each season.
Making your pool more energy-efficient really only requires a few changes to your existing set up. You can choose to implement all of suggestions offered here at one time, or you may find that changes are easier to swallow by taking them one at a time. Either way, this series of 4 posts will offer some helpful suggestions for how to make your pool more energy-efficient in 2012 and beyond:
1. Solar Pool Covers
First, use Solar Covers, also known as solar blankets, to cover your pool. Solar Pool Covers or Blankets resemble enormous sheets of bubble wrap. The bubbles trap heat from the sun and convey the heat to the pool, keeping the water temperature warm and comfortable. The solar cover also helps to trap the water’s heat and prevents heat loss in the cooler air at night or on cooler days.
Solar covers float freely on top of a pool without the need for tie-downs or anchors to hold them in place. Solar covers are usually folded and stored or rolled up in a large roll and wheeled out of the way. Solar Blankets are perfect for use in sunny climates because the more heat they can trap, the longer they can extend the swim season. Solar pool covers can increase water temperatures by as much as 10-15 degrees.
Besides offering energy savings, pool covers also do the following:
- Save water by decreasing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%-50%;
- Reduce the pool’s consumption of chemicals by 35%-60%;
- Reduce cleaning time by preventing dirt and other debris from entering the pool.
In my next post, I’ll offer a second suggestion for how to make your pool more energy-efficient in 2012. Remember, choosing to be more energy-efficient is not just about taking steps to reduce our negative environmental impact, it’s about saving money, too. Being green means saving green!