Splash out on small improvements and save big money on your pool costs
With warm weather just around the corner, households across the country are rolling back their pool covers and breaking out the skimmers as they prepare their backyard swimming pools for another long hot summer.
Swimming pools and spas are often a ‘hidden’ cause of excess household energy consumption.
According to Energy Australia, backyard pools and spas can be the largest user of electricity in a home, sometimes consuming more energy than a washing machine, clothes dryer and dishwasher combined.
The average in-ground pool can account for up to 30 per cent of a household’s electricity use and can cost more than $640 each year to run.
Additionally, running a pool pump at the lowest recommended speed, while still maintaining correct pool hygiene, will use significantly less energy.
Households may also be able to run their pump during an off-peak tariff period, when electricity is cheaper.
A pool industry professional can assess the number of hours your pump should be running, which will maximise the savings for householders.
So don’t let your pool’s running costs sneak up on you this summer. Making a few simple changes to the way your pool operates could mean more money in your back pocket to spend on other areas of your backyard.