Pool and spa rebate
The pool pump rebate ended June 1, 2020, due to the unforeseen and sizeable economic impacts of COVID-19. Customers who purchased a qualifying variable-speed pool pump by May 31 can submit a rebate application within 180 days from the date of purchase. For questions, please contact us at RebateCenter@smud.org or 1-916-732-7550.
Though our rebate program has ended, you can still save money by switching to a variable-speed pool pump.
Did you know that running your pool equipment can use as much energy as it takes to power your entire home? Upgrading to an energy-efficient pool pump can add up to big savings all summer long.
Running filtration equipment
You can help reduce your peak-period power demand by running filtration equipment before 5 p.m. and after 8 p.m.
Bigger may not be better
Replacing a standard pump and motor assembly with a high-efficiency variable-speed pump will yield impressive savings in electricity costs without a compromise to cleaning effectiveness. Replacing an oversized pool pump with an energy-efficient pump is an investment that usually pays for itself in just two to four years.
Running a pump at half speed reduces power use to one-quarter of that required for full speed. The pump will need to run twice as long at low speed to filter the same amount of water, but you will still save money. Running the pump for 16 hours on low speed costs about half as much as running eight hours on high speed.
Here's a real-life comparison of operating costs for a 25,000-gallon pool with a standard pump vs. the same pool with a variable-speed pool pump.
With a standard 1.5 horsepower pool pump: $1.73/day or $51.90/month
- Runs 8 hours a day
- Pumps about 80 gallons per minute
- Circulates 38,400 gallons a day
- Draws 9.0 amps at 240 volts at $0.10/kWh
With a variable-speed pool pump at low speed: $0.65 per day or $19.50 per month
- Runs 12 hours a day
- Pumps about 40 gallons per minute
- Circulates 28,800 gallons a day (the pool only needs to turn over the water once a day)
- Draws 2.25 amps at 240 volts at $0.10/kWh
The variable-speed pool pump provides just the circulation your pool needs at a fraction of the cost. (Please note these figures are for comparison only and actual savings will depend on rate structure and use.)
Run the pump
On Time-of-Day pricing, consider running the pool pump during lower-cost off-peak hours, and have pool operations end by noon. Keeping the pool circulating a longer period of time each day has a couple of advantages:
- The longer periods of circulation will help to reduce algae.
- If you have a salt system, you can run the system many more hours per day and get increased chlorine production if needed.
A good pool cover keeps water temperatures about 10 degrees higher and reduces evaporation of water and chemicals by about 70 percent. Your pool stays warmer—and cleaner—as energy use and equipment wear are minimized.
Keeping a spa heated can use a significant amount of energy, especially during the winter. If your spa is 240V, and always heated to your maximum temp (usually 100+), consider the following tips:
- For daily use in the winter, lower the temperature 3 to 5 degrees after use, and turn it back up an hour before use the following day. Maintaining a lower spa temperature during winter nights will help you save.
- For spas that go more than a day between uses, lower the heat setting to the lowest temperature after use, then turn it back up the morning of the day you plan to use it. This will be your biggest spa energy saver!
- Keep the spa covered until you're ready to use it—heat loss is money wasted. Add a floating thermal blanket to the rigid cover used with most spas; the added layer conserves heat and reduces evaporation.
- If your spa is 120V, heating it takes a long time, so keep your temperature adjustments within 3 to5 degrees under your desired temperature.
Consult a professional
While it can be tempting to save money in the short term, you’re not always best served by maintaining your pool or spa yourself. Without proper knowledge and experience with pool equipment and chemicals, you may have to replace equipment more often and you risk structural failures such as cracked pool shells, which can be very expensive to replace. If you’re not sure how to handle a pool or spa issue, talk to a Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) SMUD Professional. To learn more visit www.fpsie.org