Save Lots Of Money By Changing Your Pool Pump

By kevinkobwebb on January 21, 2011 In Swimming Pools Spas

As the winter months close behind us, we begin to think about getting the swimming pool ready again. Here are some tips on how to do heat your pool without scorching your utility bill.

If you own a pool, you know heating it can drive your utility bill sky high. It takes a lot of energy to get such a large amount of water warm enough to enjoy. You shouldn’t shutter every time you hear the water heater crank up. There are some small and inexpensive steps to take to keep the heating bill down.

Many people that complain about the utility costs associated with keeping their swimming pools running fail to take small common sense steps to cut the bill. For instance, pool pumps and filtration systems can easily account for over half of the cost of maintaining your pool.

The problem area is often the pool pump. Most pool pumps are weak and inefficient. This means they have to be on longer to clean the pool and more time means a larger utility bill. For one or two hundred dollars, you can switch out your current pool pump for a powerful and energy efficient one. You’ll be surprised how much it lowers your utility bill.

A second area of energy waste is the surface of the pool. If the pool is uncovered, heat is being drawn out of the pool by convection and evaporation every minute of every day. The simplest way to stop this is to put a pool cover on it when it is not being used. If you’ve ever owned a hot tub, you know the impact a cover can have on the utility bill.

Another factor to consider with your pool is the wind chill factor. During winter, wind chill is often reported on the news, particularly on how much colder it makes things feel. Blowing, cool wind is a heating nightmare. Even in spring, summer and fall, it can kill your utility bill. If your pool is exposed to wind, it is best to make some landscaping changes. Planting inexpensive bushes and hedges around the exterior of a yard can break up or eliminate the wind. The less wind running across the surface of the pool, the more you will save. It is as simple as that.

James Weston writes about pool pumps and saving money at