New Energy Star Standards Set for Pool Pumps
With an energy efficient pool pump, a typical pool owner could save $160 per year in energy costs.
The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have set new Energy Star criteria for pool pumps, giving pool-owning American shoppers better information to use before making an important purchase. Energy Star-rated pool pumps will use at least 30% less energy, on average, than the typical model on the market today. Some will use 72% less. The estimated cost savings from operating an efficient pool pump is $160 per year, meaning a typical consumer will recoup the greater cost of purchase within fewer than three years; after that, the savings from saved energy is like found money.
The United States has more than 5 million in-ground pools, and another 150,000 are built annually. If all pool pumps in the U.S. met the new specification, the energy saved would be equivalent to removing 140,000 vehicles from the road.
One seemingly simple innovation incorporated into Energy Star-rated pumps is variable speed, since conventional pumps typically operate at the highest speed, even during times, such as during filtration, when half speed is sufficient. Slower speeds also mean quieter operation.
Now, it's up to manufacturers to submit products for approval, so that consumers can take advantage of the new labeling program. For more information, visit energystar.gov.
Poolside Peace and Quiet
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Pentair Water Pool and Spa® introduced a whole new level of poolside peace and quiet when they introduced the IntelliFlo® pool pump to the swimming pool equipment world. With the IntelliFlo pool pump's permanent magnet motors, totally enclosed fan-cooled design, and low average operating speed, they're so whisper-quiet that you may not even realize they're operating.
The advanced permanent magnet motor in the IntelliFlo is the same type of technology found in today's eco-friendly hybrid cars. The result of the magnet motor in the IntelliFlo pool pump is energy savings up to 90%!
The amount of sound you DON'T hear is only one measure of quietness. Sound quality is important, too. That's why Pentair Water Pool and Spa® engineered the IntelliFlo pool pump's permanent magnet motor to virtually eliminate the unpleasant high-pitched noise found in other so-called "quiet" variable speed pumps. This motor runs cooler and produces less vibration than induction motors.
Enjoy a more relaxing, satisfying and eco-friendly pool and spa experience. When you invest in the superior engineering of an IntelliFlo pool pump, you'll reap the benefits for years to come. With the IntelliFlo pool pump you truly will know poolside peace and quiet.
Pool Pumps To Be ENERGY STAR Certified
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first ENERGY STAR specification for pool pumps, offering the federal rating system to help consumers identify energy efficient equipment.
Single-speed, multispeed, variable-speed and variable-flow pumps are all eligible for certification. The main criteria will be an Energy Factor rating greater than or equal to 3.8. Energy Factor is defined as gallons per watt-hour of consumed electricity (gal/Wh). By this standard, then, pumps would need to deliver 3,800 gallons using 1 kWh to qualify.
In order to be certified and receive the ENERGY STAR label, manufacturers must have their pumps tested at an EPA-recognized lab, according to the protocols laid out by the Energy Star program. In addition, manufacturers must participate in results verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies.
It is hoped that ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps will offer consumers a trusted brand to guide them in their product choices.
According to the EPA, pumps certified to the ENERGY STAR requirements will be, on average, 30-72% more energy-efficient than standard models and save consumers about $160 per year. An individual model's efficiency will depend on the climate it is used in, the size of the pump, and the number of speeds it uses. If all pool pumps sold in the United States met these new requirements, the EPA says, the energy cost savings would grow to about $113 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 140,000 vehicles.
Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, with the help of ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved over $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of carbon pollution. The ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products with more than 5 billion sold.
Decrease Flow, Decrease Energy, Increase Circulation And Still Be Green
A pool is an item that can increase a person's health, family time and enhance a backyard environment. But when the expense of maintaining the pool is beyond affordable after the initial expense, the dream can turn into a nightmare. While researching ways to make our pools safer from suction entrapment our industry found that slower flow is better for pool circulation and our pocketbooks. Having a "green pool" has new meaning.