4 Eco-Friendly Pools Worthy Of Your Backyard

From Care 2

A swimming pool is a vessel filled with water, which in and of itself seems to be an environmentally friendly amenity, right?  Unfortunately, the use of equipment and utilities that burn fossil fuel has always been the bugaboo with swimming pool ownership.  Luckily for the environmentally conscious, advances in technology and innovations over the last decade have seen environmental consciousness permeate into the swimming pool industry.  Efficient equipment, chlorine alternatives, and natural options in filtration have made the swimming pool closer to an eco friendly amenity.  This post from Care 2 discusses 4 of these advances to make your backyard a more natural, environmentally-conscious one.

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Make Your Pool Green!

From Swimmingpool.com

New swimming pool owners are usually shocked by the gas, water, and electric utility bills that come due after a swimming pool is in operation.  Those pool owners that wish to not only save money, but also are environmentally conscious are seeking new technologies that can assist on both counts.  This post from Swimmingpool.com presents some easy ways to accomplish these goals, and to make the swimming pool ownership experience a more pleasant one.

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Are You Spending Way Too Much to Operate Your Swimming Pool?

From Bob Vila

This summer, take a serious look at the cost of operating and maintaining your pool. You may find that a pump upgrade could provide as much relief to your wallet as your pool provides to your family's comfort and happiness.

Receiving one's first gas and electric bill after building an inground swimming pool can be an eye-opening experience.  Most people are not prepared for the increased costs of utilities that result from the operation of a pool and/or hydrotherapy pool.  This post from Bob Vila presents some of the latest technologies and small changes that can be made to save a bunch of money during the Summer months, as well as to be environmentally friendly.

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Energy-Saving Pool Equipment Choices

While the pump is usually the center of conversations about pool equipment energy savings, other equipment choices also play important roles.

By Jeff Farlow

Program Manager - Energy Initiatives

Excerpt from an article that appeared in The Edge., via pentairpool.com

Filter types, for example, have an impact on energy consumption because they place different levels of resistance on the system. Resistance is related to energy efficiency because of its impact on flow. Of the three types of filters (cartridge, DE and sand), cartridge filtration offers the least (i.e., most favorable) resistance to flow. This is partially because cartridge filters do not require a valve, while filters that are routinely backwashed do need them. Multiport valves create so much resistance to flow that California's Title 24 has banned 1.5-inch multiport valves. (Newer backwash valves have been designed to add less resistance to the system.) On a related note, backwashing consumes water, so using a filter that does not require backwashing conserves water and the chemicals in that water.