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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 —

Top 5 Energy Conservation Tips

Now is the perfect time to consider spring upgrades and improvements to make your pool and spa more efficient. You may be surprised at how quickly you can save money on your pool investment by utilizing energy saving upgrades. Many pool professionals can even offer evaluations of your existing pool equipment, conduct energy audits, and make recommendations on equipment upgrades. They will also be able to give you a range on the annual energy savings you can expect, and how quickly you can expect to get a return on your investment. Seeking Energy-Saving, Pool Equipment Upgrades Variable-Speed Pumps– Upgrading from a single-speed, to a variable-speed pool pump can save you as much as 90% on energy costs. Pool and Spa Automation– Consider automating your pool functions – it can save you as much as 70% on your energy costs. Robotic Automatic Pool Cleaners– These hard-working cleaners determine the most efficient cleaning path possible using up to 94% less energy. Heat Pumps– This upgrade can save you up to 80% on energy costs compared to gas heaters. Pool and Spa LED Lighting– Provide beauty, all while using up to 86% less energy than incandescent lighting. Tips To Conduct A Pool Pad Energy Audit Conduct an audit of your own. Check out our FREE online Energy Calculator or download our FREE Hayward Energy Solutions Calculator App. All you need to do is enter your pool size, answer a few questions and our program will show you what you can save in energy and money. Pay close attention to the pump settings, as single-speed pumps are the single, biggest energy users on pool pads. When enlisting a pool pro for an audit, have last season’s utility bills available for the months you typically run your pool equipment. Talk with your pool professional about how and when to use your pool cover. Also find a pool professional to inform you on the best times to run your pool equipment and the duration you should have it run. This includes heating, cleaning and filtration cycles too. Make sure to provide details by month if possible. The more information you provide your pool pro, the better they can advise you. Watch Hayward’s Efficiency Video on ways you can make your pool more energy efficient. Also check out how many utilities and energy efficiency service providers offer rebates to pool owners who purchase energy efficient pool equipment such as Hayward’s ENERGY STAR approved variable speed pumps.