If you’re lucky enough to own a swimming pool, a jacuzzi or even both, then rising electricity costs are probably a great concern for you right now. The good news is that you don’t have to fill in the pool or sell off your hot tub just yet because employing these few power saving tips will assist you in reducing your power consumption and lowering those pesky electrical bills.
Turn the Temperature Down
For both heated pools and a jacuzzi, turning the temperature down by even one degree will save up to 10% on your electricity bill, so turning the heat down by 1 to 2 degrees can make for a good saving. And, if you know you won’t be using your pool or jacuzzi for a while, turning the temperature down even more during that period will make for an added saving.
For heated swimming pools, consider replacing an oversized heater with a smaller and more energy-efficient one. It may also be a good idea to investigate the costs of installing solar heating, which may also reduce the time your pool heater needs to work, lowering energy bills even further.
Check Your Cover
A pool and a Jacuzzi lose approximately 60% to 70% of their heat when uncovered. To reduce electricity costs, make sure that your pool or jacuzzi is always covered when not in use and that your cover is of a high quality, is in good condition with no rips or tears and fits well. If your current cover is looking a bit weathered, consider replacing it.
Even a non-heated swimming pool will benefit from using a leaf cover which not only reduces water loss but because the cover keeps additional debris from falling into the pool, your pool cleaner and filter won’t need to work as hard to maintain the water quality. You could also investigate purchasing an energy-saving safety cover which has the added benefit of preventing algae growth which results in an even bigger saving on chemicals and electricity consumption.
When it comes to power saving tips for pools and Jacuzzis, repairing any leaks as soon as possible can save you rather a lot of cash, not only in electricity and water bills but also in overall long-term maintenance costs.
Over time, spray foam insulation in a Jacuzzi can become waterlogged and lose its effectiveness. Check for any leaks in your jacuzzi and have them fixed as soon as possible because even minor leaks left unchecked can cause your jacuzzi to lose a ton of insulating value. Once any leaks have been repaired, make sure to remove any wet foam and replace it with dry insulation.
Control Your Filtration
Clean and well-maintained filters will not only improve water clarity, but it means that the filtration system doesn’t need to work as hard, which saves on electricity costs.
For swimming pools, program your automated pool controller to turn your filtration system, pool cleaner, lights, pumps and water features off and on during off-peak times. Try to limit your filtering cycles to only 2 or 3 in a 24 hour period. Periodic backwashing will also help in keeping filters clean.
If your jacuzzi allows you to have control over the filtration cycles and you are able to program it to different run times on different days, use this option to select to run your jacuzzi filtration cycle less often on days when you know the jacuzzi won’t be in use.
Close Jacuzzi Air-jets
While the air-jets might give you a fabulous massage, they also introduce cold air, which in turn reduces the water temperature. When your jacuzzi is not in use, turning these off is yet another one of our super, power saving tips.
Upgrade Your Equipment
Keeping up with new technology might be an outlay in the short term, but the long term benefits may well be worth it.
For swimming pools, consider upgrading your pump to a more energy-efficient one and replace old lighting systems with an LED type.
If your Jacuzzi is something that you use often but is well past its sell-by date, your best option would be to replace it with a newer model that is more energy-efficient. Make sure to choose wisely and find a Jacuzzi that is both built well and has good insulation.
Pool Spa has knowledgeable and friendly staff who can provide you with even more power saving tips and products to help keep your electricity costs down. Chat to one of our experts today.