Some pool owners have wondered if new solar power technology pool equipment can help them to lower the energy costs of running their pool. Here are some of the most popular solar powered pool equipment pieces and how they might help to save you some money.
Solar Pool Pumps
A pool pump is a vital piece of equipment that helps to keep your pool clean and safe for swimming. It is also the biggest culprit of energy use in the pool. A traditional pool pump has around 1 horsepower and 240 volts that consume about 32 kilowatt hours of energy. In winter when the pool is not in use or hardly used costs are still significant for running the pump, but these costs can double in the peak summer season.
Solar pool pumps are designed to operate more efficiently making use of power from the sun. In a place like Lake Havasu City this means that it most likely could cost nothing to run the pump in your pool. These pumps are referred to as direct current pumps and are wired to 4-6 solar panels. One downside of a solar pool pump is that you will need to invest in the cost of a new pool pump, it is not possible to hook up a traditional pump to solar power. Another thing to consider is if there is for some reason not enough sun, the pump will stop running.
Solar Pool Heaters
A heated pool is not for everyone, some choose to forgo heating the pool to save money. If you would like to heat your pool and never have been able to justify the cost this could be a means to do so, or a means to save on current pool heating.
Some solar pool heaters combine the solar pool pump with a heating system. They use a solar heat exchange component and the heat generated by the solar pump is used to heat the pool, allowing for all energy generated to be made useful.
There are also tubular solar pool heaters that operate similar to a solar hot water system for a home. Cool water is pumped under solar panel cells and it collects heat before going back into the pool as warmer water. This solar heating solution can be more costly to install.
Other Methods to Save on Pool Energy Costs
If you are not able or not willing to pay the cost for new solar pool equipment there are still more energy efficient pool pump products on the market that use traditional electricity. They will be more expensive than those that use more energy, but the upfront cost will pay for itself in your energy savings over time.
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