A pool is one of the best additions to a home, for its entertainment, value-adding beauty, and health benefits. But like other things in your house, it requires electricity to operate.
That means your pool needs an energy audit, too, and should not be overlooked as it contributes its fair share of the energy bill. In fact, the pool pump may use more energy than any other appliance in the home – three times as much as the energy refrigerators use. If you are not using a low-cost gas pool heater, and if you are not paying attention, you may be running those appliances 24 hours a day, according to Pool Solar and Spa.
Apart from greater energy efficiency and savings, why else should you have a pool energy audit?
Enforced Regulation Compliance & Higher Home Value
A pool energy audit will allow you to be compliant with energy regulations. From the heaters and filtration down to pipes and valves, auditing will ensure that the pool was installed correctly. This is especially important if you inherited the pool from the previous homeowner.
An audit will also increase the resale value of your home. In a time of skyrocketing energy prices, increasing concern about global warming and the volatility in the energy markets, energy-efficient buildings are in demand in the otherwise slouching housing market.
Alternatives: Solar-Powered Appliances, Low-Cost Gas Heaters, Etc.
A pool energy audit is just that – an inspection. If you do not do anything after discovering your pool is an energy hog, that audit is not worth anything.
If you think the biggest chunk of your energy consumption comes from the pool heater, change it to a solar-powered one, or at least to a low-cost gas heater. Solar heating systems are especially perfect, as these simply harness free energy from the sun. Obviously, free energy means virtually no operational costs.
Don’t let your pool take over your energy bills. Conduct a pool energy audit and replace your systems with low-cost, energy-efficient alternatives – and show your pool who’s boss.