Own a pool? This tip could save you thousands.

Variable-speed pool pumps will save you money

Did you know your pool pump could be costing you an extra $561 each year?

The upfront cost of a swimming pool pump represents just 20% of the total cost of an average pump. Ongoing electricity costs making up the other 80%. These costs never go away! Your pool pump can be the largest user of electricity in your home, increasing your electric bill by up to $1,800 each year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching to a variable-speed pool pump can reduce pool pump energy use by 50% to 75%. For a relatively small upfront investment, you can save an average of $561 of that added electricity cost every year. That adds up to thousands saved over your pool pump’s lifetime!

Why pool pumps are important

A pool pump is essential to the cleanliness of your pool, performing several water circulation duties. The pool pump’s primary goal is to circulate water through the filtration system. But it has other tasks, including powering spa jets, backwashing the filter, operating a chlorinator, providing water for the pool sweeper, circulating water through the heater, initiating flow to a solar panel and pumping water to waterfalls and other water features. These occasional tasks require extra energy on top of what they need for the circulation of pool water through the filtration system.

Single-speed vs variable-speed pool pumps

Most single-speed pool pumps consume an excessive amount of electricity. Why? Because they are typically oversized and overused when operating the pool. By design, single-speed pumps can’t change their flow rate so they are oversized to perform the most demanding task. These pumps traditionally have a 1- or 2-horsepower motor that will run at least five to six hours per day, if not around the clock, consuming energy.

A variable-speed pool pump, on the other hand, is able to program and reduce the flow rate to match the required pumping task. A single-speed pump will operate at maximum flow rate even for tasks that require minimum flow rates. In contrast, the variable speed pump can be slowed down to the optimal level. This balances flow rate needs with energy use. This means it can perform tasks just as well as the single-speed, but with significantly less energy usage, saving you money!

According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, approximately two-thirds of pool pump sales are estimated to be single speed pumps, with the main factor in the decision process for those buying a new pump being the upfront cost of the unit. Pool contractors often install single speed pumps because they aren’t aware of how more advanced equipment can save on energy costs in the long run. Sometimes, they don’t know how to install these less common but more efficient pool pumps.

The best way to save

Poolwerx has the pool pump options to save you money and knowledgeable technicians to install it for you. Not only that, but we are now offering interest free payment plans when you buy an energy efficient pump! What are you waiting for? Time to dive into year-round savings!

Find out your savings with this calculator!

Poolwerx pool pump calculator

Blog Categories

Recent Posts

Upgrade to a Variable Speed Pump Did you know that pool pump regulations have changed? As of July 19, 2021, all swimming pool pumps are required to meet new energy efficiency standards set by the federal Department of Energy (DOE) These new regulations determine the Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) of a pool pump, which measures in gallons per watt per hour, similar to how you measure a car’s efficiency with MPG. A higher WEF means a more efficient pool pump. This replaces the current measurement standard, which is motor horsepower (HP), measuring RPM. In general, all variable-speed pumps will be compliant while most single- and two-speed pumps with a motor total horsepower rating ≥ 1.0 will be non-compliant. If your current pump does not meet the new standards, don't worry, you are still able to keep your existing pump. But it is worth considering making an upgrade as a future investment. Keep reading below to find out more about why upgrading to a variable speed pump can save you money in the long run. If you're looking to upgrade, the good news is… our selection of variable-speed pumps already meet these new efficiency standards. So, if you’re looking to purchase a new pump for your swimming pool now, you don’t have to wait. Your local Poolwerx associate will be able to assist you in finding the best pool pump for your specific pool. Find your nearest Poolwerx
3 warning signs that you need to schedule a health check If you've ever purchased a home with a pool, you may have had an inspection done before moving in. But did you know that your pool should also be inspected throughout its life to ensure everything is in working order? Getting a health check will help you know that your pool is remaining safe, healthy and in proper working order. Here at Poolwerx, we recommend scheduling regular pool health checks to make sure things are running smoothly. Many pool owners enjoy maintaining their pool themselves, and while it is a great way to stay on top of your pool care maintenance, it is also important to have a pool maintenance expert check your pool equipment regularly. A pool technician who has the proper training and accreditation will be able to thoroughly inspect your equipment using tools that you may not have, and ensure the safety and efficiency of your equipment. They may be able to pick up on smaller faults or damage before it becomes a bigger (and more expensive) issue. Think you might need a health check? Continue reading below to find out some warning signs that you need to schedule a health check today.
Every Pool Owner Should Know this Tip From summer pool parties and weekend barbecues to a quick workout, swimming pools can improve your day-to-day happiness and increase your home value. However, there are a number of things a homeowner must do to keep their pool clean, safe, and well-maintained. That is why it pays to develop a strong basic understanding of pool maintenance. To help you stay on top of things, Redfin.com reached out to pool maintenance experts from Huntington Beach, CA to Victoria, BC asking them to share their best advice. Here is the top tip from Jonathan Guest at Poolwerx Redlands, on how to ensure your pool stays in good condition for years to come. Circulate that water. One commonly overlooked aspect of pool maintenance that has a huge impact on the clarity of pool water is circulation. Circulating the pool water is helpful for a plethora of reasons: it disperses the chemicals evenly throughout the pool, discourages algae growth on surfaces, and pushes water through the filter, removing small debris. We like to see increased run time on the primary circulation pump in the summer months, to the tune of up to about 1 hour of run-time per 10 degrees of air temperature (in Fahrenheit, at the hottest point in the day) for a single-speed pump, and potentially even longer for variable speed. Read more at Redfin.com