How To Keep Down Energy and Water Consumption When Maintaining Swimming Pools

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Swimming Pools Can Beat The Environment While Beating The Summer Heat

As the summer season continues to sizzle, swimming pools are one of the hot places that most people would want to go to or hang around to trounce the punishing heat. More often than not, people are not mindful of the effects of these artificial pools to the environment. If you think about it, a swimming pool affects the environment in three apparent ways: the use of significant amount of water, the use of chemicals, and the consumption of energy to operate pumps and filters to keep it clean. You can, therefore, minimize the negative environmental impact of your pool by keeping down the usage of the said resources. Here are some tips to do this:

Constructing Pools Using Green Materials

Recycled or re-purposed materials are available for use in constructing a swimming pool. One example is the Insulating Concrete Foam or ICF, a material made of concrete mixed with other recycled materials, like wood waste, chips and shavings, and Styrofoam coffee cups, used for building the foundation of a pool. By using this insulating material, you help decrease garbage in landfills, as well as cut down on energy consumption for heating water because of its insulating property. Another green material is old recycled glass which can be fabricated into new pool tiles that can be designed to create decorative patterns around the pool or on the floor of the pool. You can also consider using non-toxic low-VOC paints and PVC when constructing your pool.

Reducing Energy and Water Consumption For Swimming Pools Using Solar Covers

Using a solar cover for your pool is a great way to reduce both your energy and water bills as it can minimize the evaporation of water at the same time, it can also preserve heat. In addition, it also keeps out debris, thus, keeping your pool clean and minimizing the need to run the filter as often. With a solar pool cover, you eliminate the need to turn on a separate heater to maintain heat of the water, as well as use the pool pump and the use of more chemicals to clean the water. The prevention of evaporation also saves you a lot not just in water consumption but also in energy consumption since you do not need to heat new water. The US Department of Energy says that 70 percent of energy loss of a pool is due to evaporation. By not having to refill water always, the use of additional chemicals, like chlorine, is also reduced.

When not in use during the day, use the solar cover as a thermal blanket to hem in the sun’s heat and prevent evaporation. Also use the cover at night to retain the heat and stop it from diffusing into the cool night air.

Use The Right Pumps and Filters To Reduce Energy Consumption For Swimming Pools

Reduce energy consumption by utilizing the smallest pump and filter that can effectively work for your pool. Using a big pump or filter for a small pool is just a waste of energy and money. When buying a pool pump, refer to the particular guidelines of your pool manufacturer regarding the selection of the right size of the filter or pump for the size of your pool.

Besides using the right pump size, also ensure that you run the pump and filter only for as long as necessary. Running more than the necessary time is also a waste of energy and money. Duration of filtration can be reduced to six hours a day. Many people run their pumps longer than needed. Reduce your filtration time to six hours per day. Remember, you do not have to let the pump run continuously for six hours. You can divide the six hours into shorter pumping periods and, if possible, do this during off-peak hours. If you see that the water is still not clean, you can continue pumping and check every 30 minutes if the water is already clean. Make sure that the filters work efficiently by checking that the pool filter cartridges are clean. Wash or replace them when needed.

Using Skimmers To Reduce The Use of Pump and Filter

You can also cut down on energy consumption by using skimmers and pool vacuums to capture leaves, sticks and other debris instead of running the pump and filter longer.

The impact of swimming pools to the environment can be minimized by adopting ways to help reduce the consumption of water, energy and chemicals that are necessary to maintain a pool.

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