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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