Posts Tagged: Energy Savings

Pool Owners Extend the Impact of Earth Day

Earth Day is coming! What are you doing to care for our planet? Tell us what you’re doing in your home or business to make a difference. Share your ideas with us on Facebook and you may be featured on our Facebook page on Earth Day! Earth Day: One Day at a Time to a More Sustainable World Each year, Earth Day reminds us to keep up the good work of creating a greener, more sustainable world. According to the EDN (Earth Day network), Earth Day has inspired us to save energy, choose renewable energy sources, use recycled materials, and much more since its establishment in 1970. This year on April 22, we celebrate our many accomplishments in sustainability. The Earth Day movement channels our energy toward addressing environmental issues and developing a greener, more sustainable world. But there’s a lot more to be done! Tell us what you’re doing to make a difference. Ways You Can Make a Difference Here’s a few ways you can make a difference: Plant a tree! This year, EarthDay.org is calling on everyone to plant trees – how do trees help our environment? Trees absorb harmful CO2, odors, and pollutant gasses. They filter particulates from the air by trapping them on tree leaves and bark. In our communities, trees can provide food, shade, beauty, energy and income. Take advantage of consumer product labeling from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These programs help consumers make informed product choices that help you save money, reduce pollution and protect your family. Make your pool more earth-friendly. Check out these 10 tips for going green, conserving water and energy, and reducing chemical use. Save Energy & Water At Hayward, we support the goals of the Earth Day movement, with innovative pool products that save energy and water, and reduce the use of chemicals. Pool owners can count on us to create the most technologically advanced, energy efficient pool products in the industry. You can save money and make your pool more energy efficient by upgrading to the latest in pool technology. Variable-speed pool pumps and robotic cleaners save energy and can often pay for themselves in as little as a single season. Maximize Energy Savings Your pool pump operation can have a significant impact on your power bill. The trend toward variable-speed pumps is growing because variable-speed pumps save money and energy and they run quieter than single-speed pumps. Many utility companies encourage consumers to make the switch to a variable-speed pool pump. They offer generous rebates as an incentive to save energy. Hayward is leading the way in developing innovative, energy-efficient pool pumps. Our ENERGY STAR rated variable-speed pool pumps deliver up to 80% in energy cost-savings over single-speed pool pumps. Clean Up and Save Energy Robotic pool cleaners are the most energy efficient pool cleaners. Robotic pool cleaners work independent of the pool’s filtration system and are programmed to use the most efficient cleaning path. Pool owners can choose from several scheduled cleaning cycles. Robotic cleaners can use 80%

The Variable-Speed Pump Trend

As clichés go, “going green” is a good one. But, let’s face it, within consumer markets, the environmentally-friendly frenzy is often overstated. Many so-called green products are often overpriced and/or ineffective. It’s no wonder we’ve become jaded by the green movement. But, escalating energy costs and social awareness are forcing us all to be more responsible. There are an estimated 1.2 million home swimming pools in Canada and more than 5 million in-ground residential pools in the U.S. (Beyond that, more than 60,000 new pools are built annually in the U.S. alone.) According to a 2008 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), pools in the US generate as much as $1.6 billion in energy costs per year. Pools, as a rule, can be expensive to operate. Luckily, pool owners can look to pool equipment manufacturers to help them reduce their costs and lower their carbon footprint. Pool pumps represent one of the most significant users of energy in pool owners’ homes. In fact, they are the often the second biggest contributor to energy costs, lagging only behind their heating and cooling costs — for the entire home. Single speed pumps, which tend to waste more energy because they are always (and unnecessarily) running at top speed, have traditionally been the big energy users. With the advent of variable speed pumps (VSPs), however, the movement is shifting. Pool equipment manufacturers are striving to design and manufacture hard-working, efficient products that will allow pools owners to run their pools efficiently. That means: environmentally-compliant equipment, with proven performance, built to last, that also dramatically lower operating costs. It is generally agreed that the greatest potential for pool owners to save on operating costs is to switch their single-speed pumps to a two-speed or — better yet — a variable-speed pump. The Multiple Movement Multiple speed pumps are by far the fastest growing segment within the pool product market. The Multiple Movement is definitely catching on. There are a number of drivers including, but not limited to: Education/Communication; Legislation; Monetary Motivation; Technology Trends. Education/Communication Media has played a big part in the increasing popularity of VSPs. When they first were introduced, five or six years ago, the media helped educate the market on the the potential energy and cost saving benefits of VSPs. Word of mouth was another strong factor in driving the VSP trend. Pool owners touted the energy and cost savings, which continued the momentum. Of course, the only thing that fuels a trend faster than word of mouth is social media. The popularity of variable speed pumps was given a huge boost by online media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. One of the biggest advocates for the energy saving features of VSPs is ENERGY STAR. This is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program designed to help businesses and individuals throughout North America save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.Recognizing that a key component of swimming pools’ energy consumption is the pool pump —

What is a SwimClear Single Element Cartridge Filter?

Hayward® SwimClear reaches new horizons in cartridge filter technology due to its industry leading hydraulic performance and filtration efficiency, reducing energy costs and improving water clarity. These filter tanks are made from a reinforced co-polymer material for the ultimate in strength, durability and long life – even for the toughest applications and environmental conditions. SwimClear single element filters are simply the most efficient single element cartridge filters ever produced. They capture more dirt for superior water clarity without the need of supplemental media or backwashing while the industry’s lowest head loss reduces energy costs by allowing the pump to run at a lower speed or for less time. Cartridge filters conserve up to 92% on water by rinsing the cartridge filter elements versus backwashing like you would typically do with other pool filters. SwimClear is also the easiest cartridge filter to service due to the Easy-LokTM ring design, ergonomic grip handles and lowest lift height which provides fast cleaning and element replacement. For energy savings, reliable performance and cleaner, purer water, the choice is crystal clear: SwimClear. Have you tried the new SwimClear Single Element Cartridge Filter yet? Connect with us on Facebook, Google+ and Houzz to see how we can help transform your ordinary backyard pool into your dream pool.

What Are The Differences Between A Variable-Speed Pump And A Single-Speed Pump?

The simple answer to this question is that one pump has a fixed speed that it always operates at while the other pump can run at various speeds. However, that only scratches the surface of what makes these two types of pumps different, or why it would even matter to you. Let’s look at some of the key differences between these two types of pumps, starting with the most obvious. Speed Like we said earlier, a single-speed pump works at one fixed speed and a variable speed pump can be programmed to run at many different speeds. Why does it matter? Won’t both of them pump water? Yes they will, and they will do it equally well (both set to the fixed speed of the single speed pump); however, depending on your needs, your pump isn’t always most efficient at its max speed. In order to allow for efficient filtering, it is often times better to be able to allow your pump to run at lower speeds. For more efficient heating, it is favorable to run your pump at higher speeds to meet the necessary flow of water to run your heater. An average residential pool is recommended to be turned over once per 24-hours, which can be accomplished at lower speeds. Energy savings With the ability to change speeds, the variable speed pump allows you to save up to 90% of your annual energy costs of the single speed pump. On top of that, some energy companies offer rebates to those who have variable speed pumps. While the initial cost of the variable speed pump is higher than that of the single speed pump, you will see that the variable speed pump will pay for itself in only 1 to 2 years while it continues to help save you money, month after month for many years to come. Automation Variable speed pumps can be integrated into advanced pool automation systems such as Hayward’s OmniLogic. You can set timers that allow the pump to run at different speeds throughout the day without you having to lift a finger. A single speed pump, as its name implies, can only ever run at a single speed. To find out how much you can save in energy costs by switching to a new variable speed pump, check out Hayward’s energy calculator. If you are interested in purchasing a new pool pump, check out our dealer locator to find a pool professional near you.