As a homeowner, it is important to be environmentally conscious. This not only goes for your house, but also applies to your swimming pool and other surrounding areas. There are many steps that homeowners can take to help the environment. Whether it be conserving water or using less chemicals, there is always something that you can do to contribute to making our environment a better place!
As far as a swimming pool pump goes, the variable speed pool pump is the most popular and efficient pump that you can get. The variable speed pool pump is used to run multiple water features through various speeds whereas the two-speed is only used to run your water features on high-speed (therefore, homeowners will not save as much here). Craig Cohen of Treasure Pools and Services, Inc. let’s his customers know that you may be spending a little bit more out of pocket now, but when you look at your electricity bill at the end of the year, you will actually be saving money while helping the environment! He averages that homeowners can save around $500 a year on their electricity bill, if the pump is used properly. Homeowners are ‘going green’ when they make an important investment like this. Homeowners in South Florida have especially been switching over due to the year round pool usage. Payback time is only estimated to be around a year and a half and with a pool being a permanent investment; this doesn’t seem like such a bad idea!
Another method of conservation is through salt water systems. It may be time to switch out your chlorine system and install a salt system. This allows less aggravation to the swimming pool finish and can better help with extending the life of your pool. Also, it is a better mesh with the chemicals that you may be using. A lot of people today are adding prozone/ozone systems to continuing the purification of your pool water. All of these factors tie into the chemicals that you use and make for an easier daily chemical routine. Additionally, not only is your swimming pool more balanced, but also allows for less chemicals being released into the environment. Craig predicts that chemicals will eventually be absolute, but in the meantime, we can all do our part to minimize the chemical intake to our pool resulting in a cleaner environment!