According to the Wall Street Journal, owning a pool can cost up to $5,000 per year in maintenance costs — in addition to the initial expense of a pool installation, which can run as high as $30,000, depending on the size and style of the pool. Although your pool is undoubtedly an economic investment, you can reduce the ongoing costs of pool ownership by following the tips below.
Shop for the Best Price
Pool owners may spend as much as $51.90 every month on the electricity required to run a pool pump, according to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. If you heat the water in your pool, electricity costs will be even higher. Reduce the cost of heating your pool and running its pump by asking different pre-qualified energy suppliers in your area for price quotes. Likewise, if you use a professional pool service company to open, close or maintain your pool, shop around for the best rates before you sign a contract.
Use a Pool Cover
According to Madison Gas and Electric, up to 70 percent of pool heat loss occurs because of evaporation. Another 20 percent occurs because of radiation. Using a pool cover can reduce evaporation and radiation, thus increasing the amount of heat that remains in your pool. With more heat in your pool, you won’t need to use your heater as much, which lowers your energy bills. Using a pool cover also keeps your pool cleaner by preventing leaves and other debris from falling into the water.
While choosing the right pool cover, remember:
- Keep safety in mind — a strong pool cover prevents drowning.
- There are state and federal laws that pertain to pool covers. Your town or county may also have pool cover regulations. Make sure your cover complies with all of these requirements.
- Purchase a cover with a warranty.
Create an Energy Efficient System
Some pools, especially older ones, depend on pumps that are larger or less efficient than they could be. Consult an expert to determine whether a smaller, more efficient pump is available for your pool. You can also improve the efficiency of your pool pump by investing in a timer that will turn it on and off as needed. The timer will increase the diameter of the pipes that run from the pump to the pool.
The Center for Energy Conservation at Florida Atlantic University conducted a study of 120 pools revealing that you can save as much as 75 percent in energy costs if you use the measures listed below.
- Reduce the length of time your pump runs and save 60 percent on your energy bills.
- Install a new pump on your pool with less horsepower than your previous pump and save 40 percent.
- Combine these two energy-saving strategies and save 75 percent.
Add Chlorine at Night
During the day, the sun’s UV rays can break down chlorine molecules. To eliminate this issue, add chlorine to your pool after the sun goes down. Chlorine cleans your pool more effectively when added at night, and you won’t have to add it as often.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Drains, filters and pumps clogged with debris cannot function properly. If you don’t resolve the clogs quickly enough, you may even need to repair or replace the affected part. To prevent these costly problems, perform all of the maintenance suggested by the manufacturer, including regular cleaning and system backwashes.