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Summer is almost here again, and after a long and dreary winter, what could be better than taking some well-deserved time to relax by your pool?  Your own backyard oasis can be the perfect respite to unwind with family and friends – that is, if you aren’t saddled with huge energy bills at the end of the season!

Not to worry – we’re here to help with some simple ideas to help you reduce your costs and make the most of your outdoor space this year.

Cost saving measures for new installations

If you are lucky enough to be installing a new pool, make sure you get good advice about the best energy saving techniques before you get started.  The choices you make today could save you a bundle in long term savings down the road.

  • Pool location is a great way to maximize the sun’s natural energy. Your design should anticipate the amount of light and heat your pool is exposed to during the day in order to minimize your heating expenses.
  • Wind barriers also help by preventing heat loss. Including landscaping, fencing or rock enclosures can significantly cut down on exposure to wind.
  • Darker liner or tile colours can actually help to retain heat in your pool and attract the sun, so consider these options when you are making your design choices to help with heating costs year over year.
  • Energy saving pool equipment can make a huge difference in your heating and operating bills, so be sure and go the extra mile when you are planning your pool project so that you can take advantage of these savings for years to come.

Energy-wise ideas for existing pools

There’s no need for existing pools to feel like a money pit either.  There are lots of things you can do to cut down on costs and still keep your pool running smoothly!  A few key investments today can help reduce energy use for many years to come.

  • Not all pumps are created equal. The right pump for one pool may not be the best choice for another.  Ensuring that your pump is the most efficient size for your pool can definitely reduce waste and cost.  Downsizing to a smaller pump or installing a new energy efficient model may be worth the cost at the outset in order to save down the line.
  • Pool heaters can also be an energy draining feature that homeowners overlook. Consider whether a gas, electric or solar option would improve your energy use.
  • Reducing the temperature setting can also make a huge difference. It seems like a small change, but adjusting your thermostat by one or two degrees won’t likely be noticed by your favourite swimmers, but could show up in your wallet at the end of the month.
  • Installing and using a pool cover is the easiest way to keep heat in and keep cold air out of your pool. The less heat escapes, the less you have to pay to heat, so be sure to get a good quality pool cover and keep it on whenever your pool is not in use!

A few tips can really go a long way to reducing energy costs.  If you’d like to hear more about how to make your pool more energy efficient, give us a call today.