Is energy efficient equipment worth it?

Looking for ways to save money on electricity and water, as well as help out the environment? It can be as simple as updating your pool equipment! Certain types and models of pool equipment can make a major difference when it comes to power consumption and water usage. Check out our top 3 reasons to get energy efficient equipment below, so you can decide if it’s worth investing in energy efficient equipment for your pool. 

Saves Electricity

With the cost of energy in Australia increasing each year, it’s becoming more and more important to think about the long-term operational cost when you choose your pool equipment. By looking at the energy rating label, you can compare the energy efficiency and running costs of pool equipment. The highest efficiency models now carry a rating of 9 stars, with every star representing an additional 20% saving in energy costs. The pool maintenance industry is continuing to introduce more and more energy efficient products that can help you save more on electricity. Click on the options below to learn more about how switching to energy efficient products can save you electricity!

Pool Pumps

Do you have a single speed or a variable speed pump? If you’re not sure, it’s worth finding out. 

A single speed pump only has one high rate to power all pool functions. With this kind of motor, a single-speed pump unnecessarily guzzles up the most electricity—and drives up electricity costs. 

Multi-speed/variable-speed pumps are often more efficient and use less energy as they can operate at a lower speed for filtration and a higher speed for pool cleaning equipment.

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

According to Green Energy Needs, independent studies have shown that robotic cleaners consume 83% less electricity. As robots work independently from the pool’s filtration system, you can run your pump at a much lower speed. Most robotic cleaners available have energy saving features. Take a look at our robotic pool cleaner range!

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Pool Filters and Media

You may not think a filter is the place to save on electricity. While the filter itself does not use up a lot of energy, it is actually the energy demands the filter makes on your pool pump that really add up. The type of filter you choose can have an effect on how energy efficient your pool is.

Sand media filters are common in the pool industry; however, they use up a lot of energy. Sand is dense and makes it harder for water to flow through it. This means sand makes the pump work the hardest and the longest to circulate the water to complete a pool filtration cycle.

Cartridge filters are easier on your pump motor as pleats allow more water to pass through them each hour. Therefore, the pool filtration takes less time to complete, saving you money on electricity.

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Saves Water

Many people know that you can save up to 10,000 litres of water per month with a pool cover. Did you also know that energy efficient equipment can save you water? By making smarter choices with your pool equipment, you can save water too, which is particularly important during a drought and throughout water restrictions.

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Pool Filter

Having an energy efficient filter can also help you save on water. When a sand filter becomes full, it needs to be cleaned out with a backwash. A backwash is the process of thoroughly cleaning the pool filter by reversing the flow of water to flush out debris. However, a cartridge filter does not require the same water intensive backwash. Switch to a cartridge filter today to reduce the amount of water you use!

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Robotic Pool Cleaner

Robotic pool cleaners can also help you use less water. As robots have their own filtration system, the pool filter is used less often. This can reduce the chance of clogging in the pool filtration system, resulting in fewer backwashes, which saves you water!

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Saves the Environment

Energy efficient pool equipment cannot only save you money on electricity and water, it can also have a positive impact on the environment.There is a significant difference in annual GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions between two-star and nine-star products. See the comparison table below!

Comparison Table

The table below with data sourced from Sustainability Victoria shows the difference between two-star and nine-star energy ratings in terms of electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

2 Star 6 Star 9 Star
Annual Energy Cost (Peak Tariff)* $512 $212 $108
Annual Energy Cost (Off-Peak Tariff)* $339 $139 $71
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions (kg)** 1914 784 401

*Based on pumping 50,000 litres of water per day. Calculations assume an electricity tariff of 31.9c/kWh if the pump is run on the general (or peak) tariff, and 20.9c/kWh if run on an off-peak tariff. Based on typical Melbourne tariff, and does not include any pay-on-time discount.
** GHG = Greenhouse Gas coefficient used is 1.18 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per kilowatt hour.

Your local Poolwerx can assist with recommendations for energy efficient equipment to suit your lifestyle, pool and budget.

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