You hear about green pool this and green pool that. What is all this green pool stuff???? What is the green pool?? Usually a green pool is a bad thing. We are not talking about any forms of algae. We are talking efficient equipment to save you money down the road. The green pool is the way more homeowners are electing to go. The green pool is what it states, will save you your green money to operate! The green pool also, is better for our environment. If you had a green pool your green thumbprint you hear about could be drastic. But most homeowners want the green pool in order to eventually pay for their green pool equipment and then save/make money on it.
There are different avenues to save you money down the road and eventually paying for the piece of equipment that you may buy and creating the green pool. For instance there are variable speed pumps now. A variable speed pump lets you operate your pump at what RPM (rotations per minute) that you want it to. Ok, a regular 2 HP (horse power) pump will run at full RPM’s or 2HP. You will get full force out of the pool but the electrical output that the pump needs is drastic. Now enters the variable speed pump/ green pool principle, you can get the same 2 HP pump but in variable speed. The pump cost’s in today’s terms around double a normal 2HP pump but the key is you could run the same pool on the lowest RPM”s 24 hours per day as opposed to a standard 2 HP pump 8 hours per day and save over double on your electcity! Thats where the savings will start to pay for the pump/ establishing it to be the green pool! Here is one pump savings calculator, remember in the New Orleans area we spend about 12 cents per kilowatt, click here. Here is another saving calculator, click here. If you went with a computer system on your pool, for instance a Jandy PDA computer would actually tell you the RPM’s but also the wattage output. If you saw those figures you would definitely elect putting the pool on a lower speed and establishing the green pool. The reason you would have 2HP is say for a party you could crank up the pool pump to full force for any water features or the hot tub.
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LED lighting vs. halogen lighting. Typically in a standard size pool you use to put one 500 watt halogen light into it and if you have a spa you would put one 250 watt light in it. Well a pool that has a spa with it and pool has one light and spa with one light, you would be burning up to 750 watts of energy when in use. Well LED is different, the cost of a LED light is quite a bit higher but would pay for itself depending on how long you would use your lights inside the pool/spa. Click here for a savings calculator to see for yourself. Also, with LED’s you can get a colored light to display different colors. See this photo. With a computer system you can actually pick out the color you would want and if it was properly installed you could have each light on a different color and see how much wattage output the LED will use and be happy you have a green pool. And I’m not talking about the color green light, I’m talking about the green pool, the one that saves money!
The next, that I am having trouble finding a saving calculator for is a heat pump heater. If you have a pool with a spa/hot tub you need a gas powered heater to heat it because it will boost the temperature up very fast compared to a heat pump heater. What a heat pump heater does is maintain a comfortable swimming temperature. So say you had a normal gas powered heater and wanted to heat the pool, it would be VERY expensive to run for what natural gas/propane costs. If you had a pool only and wanted it heated I would go with one of three options: 1) a heat pump heater, 2) solar heater 3) solar attic. Heat pump heaters are made by a lot of different manufactures but I prefer Rome Solarium because of their good warranty! A heat pump heater costs more than a standard gas heater but it would be very efficient compared to a gas heater to maintain/heat a pool. In Orlando, there are a lot of rental houses around Disney that have both a gas heater and a heat pump heater installed making their heating, a green pool. A solar heater is expensive up front but there is really no cost to operate until it came time to re-shingle your roof. The problem with solar heaters is the obvious, the look of them. And third way to make the green pool is the Solar Attic, this takes the hot air out of your attic and disperses the hot air/water to the pool, lowering your electricity bill because the a/c has to run less. This unit has never to date been installed by us but I have researched them. The only thing is when the attic is over 120 degrees is during August/September in the New Orleans area but the pool is already warm or too hot by then therefore you don’t need the extra heat. I don’t know how well it would work outside of the hot months. The reason I like a heat pump is because it will heat the pool as long as the outside temperature is above around 50 degrees, this is the avenue I would take to make the green pool. A heat pump heater really runs the same as a home’s a/c unite. What is nice also about the heat pump heater at least for the Rome manufacturer is you can cool your pool water too if you elect to pay the extra money for it, which I will talk about next…
Lastly is how to cool a pool efficiently. Well we have to worry about this in the south when the pool temperature can creep to 100 degrees. There are two ways that I know of one being the heat/cool heat pump stated above or the Glacier pool cooler . The Rome heat/cool heat pump would cost more to operate but do a better job at actually cooling the water temperature but the Glacier would cost less to operate once bought because it is like running a fan, it may cost $10 max per month in your electricity. If you wanted a green pool and cool the pool these would be the route’s to go.
If you had a pool or one being built and it did not have a hot tub, I would defiantly install a heat/cool heat pump if you were thinking about putting a heater on the pool sot that it would be a green pool. This would pay for itself VERY fast! If you have a hot tub/spa you would defiantly need a gas heater (a heat pump heater would take just too long to get the hot tub hot) you would have to ask yourself if you would want the heat or heat/cool heat pump heater, most people don’t want to spend that kind of money though. You have to ask yourself, do I want to pay more now in order to save more now and make later? If so, you may want to have a green pool!
I hope this helped you on deciding if you want your pool to be, the green pool !!!
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