3 Tips To Save Energy, Money & Heat In Your Swimming Pool

Everyone one and their mothers is trying to go green. It's the new fad. It's the cool thing to do; it's also the right thing to do. If you're like me, you care about the enviroment, so you assess your living space.

* I changed all my light bulbs to those swirly ones
* I separate my recyclables
* I turned down my water heater
* I grow my own herbs in a garden in my yard
* I use a compose pile instead of throwing away organic food
* I take shorter showers
* I lowered the water in my toilet bowl
* I packed my dishwasher full before I run it

These are just a few things that I do to make a difference in the world and in my wallet. Most earth-friendly people do the same things. What they often forget is: the backyard. You designed your house to be the ultimate saving machine, now it's time to take a look at the swimming pool. There are plenty of energy saving tips you can employ to save money and energy.

Switch To A 2 Speed Pump

As a pool care expert, I will tell you to run your pump and filter for at least 8 to 12 hours per day. If you have a 1 speed pump, like most people, you are running at full speed that whole time. If you invest in a 2 speed pump, you will have a lower speed that you can run your pump at. You will still be filtering that water, but you'll be using less energy. It's brilliant and less noisy too.

Keep Your Pool Chemicals In Check

If you are looking to save a ton of money with your swimming pool, then keep an eye on your pool chemical levels. A clean and clear pool all year long will save you a bunch of money because you won't be spending it on fixing your water. When I was a kid, my father was terrible at keeping our pool clear. Today, I have a killer immune system because I grew up swimming in green water (at least that's what my mom tells me). Every week, he would run out to the pool store and buy a ton of chemicals to throw into the pool before the weekend; it was still green on the weekends. He spent a ton of money trying to fix the problems he created by not taking care of it in the first place. If he would have just kept up on the chemicals and ran that filter system, our pool would be clear and clean and he would have added less chemicals. Also, I would get sick more often...so thanks dad!

Use Liquid Solar Covers

If you own a pool and you don't know what a solar blanket is, let me inform you. A solar blanket is a giant piece of thick bubble wrap-like material that you lay over your pool and it attracts heat from the sun and prevents heat from escaping your pool. The problem with solar blankets is that they are giant pieces of thick bubble wrap-like material that you lay over your pool. They are a pain in the...you know what... to take on and off the pool, especially if you have a giant inground pool.

Instead, you could invest in a liquid solar cover. It's a small, inexpensive item that releases a small amount of liquid that creates a microscopic blanket that keeps the heat from escaping your pool. If you have a pool heater, this is especially important to have. You will constantly use your pool heater to heat your swimming pool to keep it at the temperature you like it at. That cost money because it takes gas and electric to heat that pool. Better yet, get the pool up to the temperature you want and use a liquid solar blanket to keep the heat you created, in the pool. Sort of like a giant invisible thermos.

So there you have it, 3 simple ways to save money, energy and heat in your own backyard. You can take that earth-friendly conscience of yours and spread the love to your swimming pool. Brag about it to your other eco-crazy friends; I know I would.
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