How to Make Your Swimming Pool More Environmentally Friendly
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How to Make Your Swimming Pool More Environmentally Friendly

Swimming pools are costly not just to install or build, but to maintain - and they cost the environment. This how to guide looks at how swimming pools can be made more energy efficient, retaining heat better and circulating water better over the long term. Through some simple changes, pool owners can dramatically reduce costs.

Next time you're flying into an airport, take a look underneath you and count the number of swimming pools you see. Next, try and calculate the total cost to the environment for all of those swimming pools. The equipment required to keep a swimming pool clean and warm consume huge amounts of energy, but those costs can be kept down by proper and correct pool installation, as well as ongoing maintenance.

Keeping your pool warm using less energy

It's the pool shell that keeps your pool warm, and this has to be warmed to a certain temperature. Insulating that pool shell brings down the energy consumption required to keep the water warm, and conserves the heat, preventing heat from disappearing into the ground. This can bring the cost to the user down from an average of over £13 a day using electricity, to just 6 pence!

Swimming Pool Energy LossMaintenance that uses less energy

Many people use swimming pool heaters to get the water warm in the first place, and there has been a recent raft of government legislation regarding swimming pool heater efficiency. Modern condensing gas boilers can increase efficiency of pool heating from around 40% up to 94%, cutting costs dramatically. However, this still relies on fossil fuels, and we're rapidly running out of them.

An air-to-water heat pump may require electricity to run, but converts air into energy.It emits no carbon, and further increases savings.

We all know that we have to use a circulating pump in our swimming pool, and replacing your old swimming pool pump with a modern, two-speed one will slash electricity costs by an estimated 70%. With a high-speed setting that is suitable for busy periods, and also when you're introducing chlorine into the pool (known as shocking), you can also reduce the speed to a recommended minimum.

Equally, a good pool cover can not only keep your swimming pool clean, but can reduce the heat loss effects of evaporation. There are different types of covers, but the most energy efficient are solar covers that literally sit on the surface of the pool and can be easily removed. The graphic to the right demonstrates the effects of energy loss at different temperatures.

Keeping your swimming pool energy-efficient begins at construction, but those with older, less efficient swimming pools can always find cost-efficient ways of keeping pools warm and maintained all year round. The investment far outweighs the eventual cost, and everyone - not just the pool owner - will benefit.

Now when you're flying into the airport, imagine the amount of energy that could be saved!

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