Save on your swimming pool heating costs with a solar pool cover.

Save on your swim­ming pool heat­ing costs with a solar pool cov­er.

 

It’s no secret that heat­ing your swim­ming pool—especially in the cool Pacif­ic Northwest—requires a great deal of ener­gy. We love to remind our clients, though, that a few sim­ple changes can make a big dif­fer­ence and dras­ti­cal­ly cut down on your swim­ming pool heat­ing costs. A few tweaks in your pool main­te­nance rou­tine, using more effi­cient and envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly heat sources and a cou­ple of inex­pen­sive add-on prod­ucts go a long way toward a small­er PGE bill.

Use a solar cov­er on your pool. Oth­er­wise known as a solar blan­ket, this nifty tool is a float­ing swim­ming pool cov­er that insu­lates the sur­face of the pool water. Swim­ming pool water los­es the major­i­ty of its heat through the sur­face of the pool, so a solar blan­ket dras­ti­cal­ly and quick­ly reduces heat loss. Also, some of the sun’s ener­gy pen­e­trates the cov­er and warms the water, allow­ing your over­worked heater to rest. If you love to swim in cool weath­er and always have warm water avail­able, this is an easy way to cut swim­ming pool heat­ing costs.

 

 

Run the pool heater accord­ing to how often you use your pool. Gas-burn­ing pool heaters can warm swim­ming pool water rel­a­tive­ly quick­ly. Depend­ing on how often you use your swim­ming pool, it may be much more effi­cient to run your pool heater only when need­ed.  For exam­ple, if you only use your pool on the week­ends, do you real­ly need to run your heater dur­ing the week? Think about when heat is real­ly nec­es­sary, and when it isn’t.

Use an alter­na­tive heat source such as a pool heat pump.  A heat pump uses the same process as your air con­di­tion­er does, except the process is reversed and warmth drawn from the out­side air is used to heat the pool water. The heat pump still uses elec­tric­i­ty, of course, but a lot less than your reg­u­lar pool heater does.

Have any ener­gy-sav­ing strate­gies to share? We’d love to hear.

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