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How to make your swimming pool energy efficient & environmentally friendly – Part 1 of 2

We recently received an email from one of our long-time customers with regards to coming out to see their pool and proposing ways to make the pool energy efficient as they were looking to save on energy costs and contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment.

There are many products available in the swimming pool market that can help make your pool energy efficient, allowing you to save money on your electricity bills and put more money in your pocket!  And, more importantly, you will be helping in keeping the environment green!

I am going to provide some practical tips to help make your pool more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series on this topic.  Part 2 will be posted next week.

  1. Install a variable speed pool pump

A variable speed pool pump gives you more control as it has a built in timer which allows you to customize a schedule and run the pump at different speeds throughout the day, compared to a single speed pool pump which runs at the same speed throughout the entire day.    The piece of pool equipment that will cost the most in energy is your pool pump, so you definitely want to consider purchasing a variable speed pool pump to achieve savings on your electricity bills!  Toronto Hydro will be offering a $400 rebate this season if you purchase a variable speed pump from a Pool Company that is part of the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada.  More information on this program will be released in the spring.

  1. Install LED Pool light bulbs

There are pool lights available on the market that are LED lighting, which are a lot more energy efficient and last longer than an incandescent or halogen bulb.

  1. Use a solar blanket

When the pool is not in use, consider covering the pool with a solar blanket.  A solar blanket will help to retain heat in the pool, keep debris out of the pool, and reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation.  By reducing evaporation, you will save money by not having to supply fresh water, re-heat the water as well as add chemicals to balance the water.

  1. Install a cartridge filter instead of a sand filter

The main difference between a cartridge filter and a sand filter is with a cartridge filter, there is no need to backwash.  By eliminating the need to backwash, you will save money by not having to refill your pool with fresh water and add chemicals to balance the water.

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About Bremner Pool & Spa:
Established in 1981, Bremner Pool & Spa is one of the premiere swimming pool service companies in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham Region. We operate 13 state-of-the art vehicles and offer a variety of high quality and eco-friendly products & services including swimming pool renovations, openings, partial swimming pool openings, swimming pool closings, weekly pool and spa service, pool leak detection & repair, heaters, liners, pumps, filters and more. As well, Bremner Pool & Spa complies with all City of Toronto By Laws for Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas.


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  1. […] I am going to provide some practical tips to help make your pool more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This is part 2 of a 2 part series on this topic. Part 1 was posted on January 26th and can be read by clicking here. […]