Pools & Spas

Quick tips to reduce energy use

  • Only run pumps for as long as they are needed.
  • Check the manufacturer's recommendations or consult the dealer from whom you bought the pump to determine how long or often you should run your pump. This may vary by season and geographic region.
  • Use a timer to control the pump's cycling.
  • Keep your pool filters and intake grates clear of debris. Clogged drains require the pump to work harder, which uses more energy.
  • Choose an efficient pool heater and consider lowering the temperature 1-4 degrees to save energy.
  • Cover your pool to keep heat in and debris out.
  • In most cases, you can save energy and maintain a comfortable pool temperature by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less.

Typical usage details

Pump Watts Costs to power continuously for 12 hours
1/4 horsepower 210 watts 14 to 19 cents
1/3 horsepower 250 watts 17 to 22 cents
1/2 horsepower 375 watts 26 to 34 cents
1 horsepower 746 watts 51 to 67 cents
2 horsepower 1,494 watts $1.03 to $1.34

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