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January 2011

Summer holidays are ending but the swimming season continues for a few months more, so it’s important to maintain your pool efficiently to save money and cut CO2 emissions.

According to Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors, pools can soak up more than $500 a year in electricity costs and produce 2000kg of greenhouse gases.

Pool pumps are set-and-forget appliances, so smart meters are the best way to save on pool costs. Speak to your electricity supplier to see if you can get a smart meter installed. In some cases you can get it free-of-charge.

Pool owners with smart meters in their homes can run their pool pumps during the morning and late evening “shoulder periods” to cut their electricity bill by as much as $255 a year compared to standard rates.

If you can, consider buying a more efficient pool pump. Some new models are much quieter and you may be able to use them at night during off peak periods saving you an extra $100 each year.

However it’s important to first check that your neighbours can’t hear your pool pump at night. Regulations require that pool pumps must not be heard from your neighbour’s house between 8pm and 7am on weekdays and 8pm to 8am on weekends and public holidays.

If your pool is not heated and you don’t use it in winter, make sure to change your pool pump timer at the end of the swimming season. You don’t need to run it as long during the cooler months.

If your pool is heated make sure to use a pool blanket. It will keep heat in and cut running costs by up to 50%.

Check out Ausgrid's Pool Pump Calculator.

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