Into the Going Green movement? Here is how to make your pool more energy efficient.

Into the Going Green movement? Here is how to make your pool more energy efficient.

Into the Going Green movement? Here is how to make your pool more energy efficient.

Designing a Green Backyard

Adding energy efficiency to your aquatic oasis

From Pools, Spas & Patios

Who doesn’t want to be more friendly to the planet, and save money while doing it?  A swimming pool can be an energy hog, but there are things that can be done to make a swimming pool more energy efficient.  Whether designing a brand new pool, or making changes to an existing inground pool, this post from Pools, Spas & Patios gives some great tips on how to save money, and reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The green revolution is front and centre in the swimming pool industry. Whether you have an existing pool, spa or water feature, or are starting on a brand new project, there are many ways you can be more energy and environmentally conscious (and save a few dollars along the way).

Small changes, big differences in energy efficiency

There are a number of relatively easy changes that can be made to any existing pool to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. For example, a pool cover (solar or automated) can reduce evaporation and heating costs, while a pool timer can adjust heating to cater to peak and low-use periods. Cartridge filters and auto fills can also make a difference, as can a two-speed or variable-drive pump.

When embarking on a major renovation or new project, several additional options can be incorporated to create a more energy-efficient environment (depending on your budget, of course). In addition to the options above, you should consider:

project automation;

proper site, pool and hydraulic design;

insulation;

heating and chilling options (e.g. solar or geothermal systems);

plumbing (big pipes, small pumps);

light-emitting diode (LED) lighting;

underground equipment bunkers; and

proper project management.

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