Reduce pool pump run-time
Many pool owners find that they can keep their pool clean and save energy by reducing their pump's run-time. In fact, reducing run-time by 60-75% can result in an equal percentage of energy savings. It's not necessary to recirculate the water every day to remove debris, and most debris can be removed using a net or vacuum.
How it works:
A pool pump should filter the entire pool's volume once per day to keep the water clean. Many pools pumps are set to filter the volume two or more times per day, which is more than necessary. By reducing your run-time, you can keep your pool clean and save energy and money. Step-by-step:
- Reduce overall run-time. The proper run-time depends on the season, the size of the pool, and how much it is used, but a standard pump should typically run for no more than 6 hours during summer days. Variable-speed pumps should run for a longer period at a low speed.
- Use shorter cycles. Because debris enters the pool throughout the day, using several short, spaced-out cycles keeps the pool cleaner than one long cycle.
- Keep it clean. Make sure the intake grates are clear of debris. Clogged drains require the pump to work harder, which uses more energy.
Things to think about: Longer recirculation time doesn't necessarily reduce the risk of algae. Using chemicals and mechanical scrubbers to clean the walls and floors are often better than the pool pump at reducing algae growth.
Go the extra mile: You can install a timer to control the pump's cycling.