People are more conscious of their impact on the environment now than ever before. Many opt for eco-friendly options wherever they can, and it is a trend that is unlikely to change anytime soon. A pool does use water and electricity to function however there are many options you can include to drastically reduce its energy and water consumption. Here’s everything you need to know about making your pool environmentally friendly.
How Do I Make My Pool Environmentally Friendly?
Regardless of whether you’re in the market for a new pool or you already have one there are many things you can do to make your pool kinder to the environment. Here’s how.
Solar Pool Heating
Gas and electric heating systems are by far the biggest energy consumers of all pool equipment. That is if you choose to have it of course. Before you dismiss the idea of having heating altogether you should know there is an energy-efficient alternative. Solar heating harnesses natural energy from the sun to warm your pool water rather than using gas or electricity. It works by pumping cold water from your pool up to a series of solar capillary tubes that are located on your roof. The water is heated as it passes through these tubes and then returned to the pool. This is done consistently to maintain an even temperature in the pool. Solar heating works best on sunny days and can warm your pool by 2 to 10 degrees. As solar heating uses a clean source of energy, it uses significantly less electricity which not only reduces your bill but places next to no negative impact on the environment. Newer solar heating systems have control settings on them so you can turn them off entirely when you don’t want to use them and adjust the temperature. With the help of smart technology, you can control your solar heating from the convenience of your smart device which can reduce energy wastage further.
Solar Pool Pump
If you don’t have heating, the piece of equipment that uses the most electricity is your pool pump. It’s essentially the powerhouse of all your pool equipment and its job is to keep your water clean to swim in. To work properly a pool pump needs to be running for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per day which is a lot but necessary. Solar pumps, however, use barely any electricity. They work by deriving energy from the sun rays via a solar panel which is then converted into useable electricity to operate your pool pump. Solar pumps place almost no burden on the environment.
Pool covers are the most economical and effective way to reduce your pools heating, water, and chemical costs. They can reduce evaporation by up to 97%, and as they cover the pool they prevent debris and leaf litter from falling into it which means it won’t get as dirty therefore you will need to use fewer chemicals to keep it clean. Covers prevent heat from escaping if you have heating which can reduce your heating costs. By using a solar pool cover you can heat your pool as well as reap the other benefits mentioned.
If you want your entire pool to be eco-friendly you must think of all the components that utilise energy and lighting is one of them. LED lights are energy-efficient and last for longer than halogen. Most LED lights come with a control option which allows you to switch the lights off when you are not using them, and you can also buy solar-powered versions for an even greener choice. Solar LED lights use no electricity, only natural energy from the sun which is the most environmentally friendly option you can get. There is a huge selection to choose from and options for every budget.
Implement A Windbreak
Wind hitting your pool water results in a quicker evaporation rate. If your pool is not protected from the wind you should consider putting in a windbreak. By reducing wind, you won’t need to fill your pool as often and if you have heating, your system won’t have to work as hard trying to warm the water.
Smart Pool System
Smart technology for pools is the way of the future. It allows you to automate virtually all aspects of your pool from a smart device or phone. As everything is automated on a schedule you don’t have to worry about overdosing the pool or forgetting to turn equipment and lights off. Smart systems simplify pool maintenance and cut down on chemical and energy use which is better for the environment. Each year smart systems advance with new and innovative features and more and more companies have clued on to the benefits of smart technology for pools. Because of this, the price is increasingly more affordable. Smart systems are not only exclusive to new pool buyers if you already have a pool you can convert your equipment to smart technology. They not only cut down on your pool maintenance, but they are far gentler to the environment in comparison to traditional systems.
The chemicals used to clean a pool can be hazardous as they are usually made from harsh and corrosive ingredients. When not used correctly, they can harm our ecosystem. Self-cleaning pools disperse the correct amount of chemicals. It takes the guesswork out when maintaining your pool and clears the water of dirt and debris regularly meaning fewer chemicals are required to keep your pool water clean. They make the water safer for the people swimming in it and for the environment. Additionally, they are a great selling feature if you ever choose to sell your home.
Where Do I Start?
This is a good question; most love the idea of an environmentally friendly pool but have no idea where to start. If you have an existing pool you can start by switching your pool pump and heating (if you have it) to solar. Converting these two systems alone will save you a significant amount of money and drastically reduce your eco-footprint. From there you can swap your lights to either LED or solar, purchase a cover and if you are wanting to invest in smart technology or a smart cleaning system its best to get in touch with a pool builder that can install them in an existing pool. You can covert your systems one at a time to save money.
If you are purchasing a pool, it’s a good idea to discuss which eco-friendly options your pool builder offers in the conception phase of your pool build. The great thing about these options is that you will not only save money, but you are minimising your pool’s ecological footprint.
Our team here at Barrier Reef Pools Perth are experts in the industry and specialise in luxury pools. We are always looking for ways to improve our pools energy-efficiency and reduce the potential impact they place on the environment. If you have any questions about ways to make your pool greener and better for the environment get in touch, we’ll happily help in any way we can.