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Local Plumber Tips: Money-Saving Swimming Pool Tips

June 26, 2019

Owning a pool can allow you and your family to have easy access to a fun, family-friendly activity for the entire summer. Yet, owning a pool can spike your plumbing-related costs because the pool uses so much water and energy. Here are some easy ways you can reduce your water and energy consumption, and therefore your costs:

Use a Pool Cover

Your local plumber would tell you that a pool cover is a worthwhile investment because it is relatively inexpensive and can save you a lot on energy costs. The cover slows your pool’s evaporation rate and keeps your pool’s temperature warmer so that your heater does not have to work as hard. For even more savings, you can buy a solar pool cover that is designed to trap the sun’s rays.

Turn Off Water Features

Water features, like waterfalls or deck jets, by your pool can produce a very relaxing effect for you and your family, but they can consume a lot of unnecessary energy. If you have a water feature be sure to only turn it on when you are using the pool, otherwise you will be wasting energy and your money. 

Only Use the Filter When Necessary

A lot of pool owners run their pool filters 24 hours a day, but this is largely unnecessary. Don’t get us wrong, a pool filter is necessary to to keep your pool clean, but it can be effective, even if it is only run a few hours a day instead of all day. The key thing your local plumber would tell you to remember is to run your filter long enough to allow for proper water turnover, and if you are unsure how long that is, simply ask! 

Keep Up Maintenance

One of the worst things you can do for your pool is not keep up maintenance. Yes, pool maintenance can be annoying at times, but it will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the long run. If you fail to keep the chemicals balanced in your pool, the pool could develop an algae problem that is significantly more expensive and frustrating to fix. 

Don’t Over-Clean

There’s nothing better than diving into a pool full of crisp, clean water, but in pursuit of that, some people tend to over-clean their pools. You do not need to let the automatic cleaner run endlessly or apply more chemicals than are recommended because these won’t make your pool any more sanitary and will only end up costing you money. 

Use an Energy-Efficient Pump

Conventional pumps run at one speed, which tends to waste energy when it is needed for low-intensity tasks, such as filtration. Using a variable speed pump instead will end up paying for itself and more because it will save you quite a bit on water and energy costs over time. Additionally, many states have energy rebates for using variable speed pumps!