Variable Speed Pumps & Pool Energy Savings

By April 5, 2016 Helpful Tips
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When home owners take a step back and look at energy costs, they’re often shocked to find their pool pump takes up a large portion of the bill. In the past few years pool pumps have come a long way in reducing energy consumption and energy costs for pool owners. Variable speed pumps are the leading factor for this major change and continue to provide homeowners with a very nice return on investment – often paying for themselves within the first two years of ownership.

The Breakdown

Variable Speed Pumps are becoming the popular choice for new and existing pool owners and for good reason. VSP or Variable Speed Pumps run at minimum, 30% more efficiently than the traditional pumps you may be used to. They do this by using a permanent magnetic motor, which reduces friction and allows pool owners to run their pool pumps at a lower speed, using less energy. This in turn saves you money by cutting energy consumption and therefore cost.

This, however, isn’t the only draw for pool owners. In addition to monthly energy savings, many states now offer rebates or incentives for pool owners looking to upgrade. Depending on the rating and/or pool pump, states are offering 100s of dollars in savings to entice home owners to reduce their energy consumption and make the switch.

How much will I save?

The savings will vary for pool owners, especially when looking at different locations throughout the country. Some areas of the country have low energy costs and others will have higher energy costs. This, combined with current equipment set-up and size of your pool will impact the amount of savings you’ll receive with a Variable Speed Pump. To further illustrate this point, let’s take a look at three different examples in three separate parts of the country.

In each one of these scenarios we’ll use the same sized pool and existing pool pump. Each pool will be 21,000 gallons with a standard 1.5 horsepower pump. The numbers populated will be based off of a daily run time of 8 hours.

California has a pretty high energy consumption cost per KWH or kilowatt hour at .32/KWH. If you take a look at the span over a full year in the state of California and factor in our pool and pump size stated above, you can expect to have an 82% savings. The entire cost to run this pump over a year span would run you about $350 a year. When you compare this to our old 1.5 hp pump at a whopping $1930 a year, you would save about $1,580 a year.

California is a really good example of the savings you’d receive using a variable speed pump because of the high energy costs for residents. To gain a better perspective, let’s look a different state. If we take a look at Kansas with a much lower energy cost at .07/KWH with the same perimeters as before, we can see a savings of 92%. Over the span of a year, the variable speed pump will cost about $77, compared to the $423 you’d spend with the 1.5 hp pump. This will save residents of Kansas about $346 per year.

For the last example lets go all the way up to the North East to the state of Maine. Maine has an energy consumption cost of .15/KWH. Over a year, residents will spend about $164 with the purchase of a variable speed pump compared to the $905 it would cost residents with a 1.5 hp pump. This is a total savings of $741 a year or 82%.

If you’re still on the fence, consider that the new variable speed motors operate much like the new hybrid cars and cause less friction on the pump itself. Less friction means less wear and less wear means a longer life span for your pool pump. The cost savings, rebate potential and increased lifespan really makes variable speed pumps the best choice for pool owners looking to upgrade or install a new pump.

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