June 19, 2015
Nothing says summer like cooling off in the pool. But paying to run a pool pump adds up to a lot more than the cost of burgers and hot dogs at your next pool party. In fact, your pool pump could be the second largest energy user in your home – costing you over $450 annually according to Energy STAR! Eco News Network caught up with Steve Ryan at the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program for some information about pool pump energy consumption and ways you can enjoy the splash without getting soaked by your pool.
If all pool pumps sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $165 million each year and 3 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emission from nearly 280,000 vehicles.
What is a pool pump and how can it save energy?
Pool pumps are the heart and soul of your pool, circulating water through filters and power cleaning systems. Conventional pool pumps use the same pump speed regardless of the task being performed, wasting energy. Filtration, which is what pool pumps are predominately used for, requires half the flow rate of pool vacuuming. An ENERGY STAR certified pool pump can change speeds — saving enormous amounts of energy – and run quieter and prolong the life of your pool’s filtering system.
How much can I save with an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump?
- Use 70% less energy than standard pool pumps.
- Save you $280-$340 per year and over $2,000 over its lifetime in reduced electric bills.
- Pay for its additional upfront cost in less than 2 years.
How do I know when I need a new pool pump?
The most obvious sign that you need a new pool pump is when the motor is completely dead. However, there are other signs that indicate you need a pool pump, such as when the pump is:
- 7 to 10 years old
- Does not seem to be as powerful
- Makes noise continually
- Gets hot and shuts down
- Hums or buzzes but will not start
- Starts slowly
But, you don’t have to wait until your pump is on the fritz to replace it. With such a huge potential for savings, this is an upgrade that makes sense even when your current pump is still working.
Are rebates available for ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps?
To sweeten the deal further, many utilities offer generous incentives. See the table for an example of utilities offering as much as $300 per pool pump. Check with your local utility regarding their offerings.
Who makes ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps?
- United Aqua Group
- Spectra Light
- Blue Torrent
- Speck pumps
You can find a full list of ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps.
Have more questions? Check out energystar.gov/poolpumps and start saving today!
-Steve Ryan, U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program