Energy Efficient Pool Equipment Helps You Save

Energy-efficient equipment is not only good for the environment, but can also save you money. Once you’ve decided to increase your pool’s energy-efficiency, the equipment you choose will make all the difference.

Pool Pumps

Pool pumps can be one of the largest energy costs in your home, causing many pool owners to look for energy-efficient equipment. Variable speed pumps adjust the speed they run at based on your other equipment’s needs, which optimizes energy usage. Switching to a variable speed ENERGY STAR certified pool pump is the best way to increase your pool’s energy-efficiency. Hayward has the broadest range of ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps, including top picks such as Tristar® VS and Super Pump® VS. Energy-efficient pool pumps can pay for themselves in as little as two pool seasons. Today, more and more companies are supplying families with the energy-efficiency they’re looking for, not only for their homes, but for their businesses too. This is all possible because an ENERGY STAR product delivers on its promise of cost-effective, relevant, and high-quality energy efficiency solutions.

The Department of Energy is making it even easier to determine the energy-efficiency of pool pumps. By July 19, 2021 all newly manufactured pumps will need to be labeled with their weighted energy factor (WEF) score. The higher the WEF score, the more energy-efficient the pump is.  While pool pumps are the most important product when it comes to the energy-efficiency of your pool, you can also add other equipment that will make your pump’s job easier and further reduce energy expenditures.


If energy-efficiency is your goal, don’t overlook filters. While filters don’t take a lot of energy to run, they do impact how hard your pump has to work to get the job done. Having to backwash your filter uses a lot of energy. However, when using cartridge filters, you simply clean the cartridge itself, eliminating the need to backwash. Hayward’s SwimClear™ Multielement cartridge filter is designed to provide the most energy-efficient water flow and can save up to 2,500 gallons of water per year by eliminating backwashing.

For smaller and mid-size pools, spas and water features, the SwimClear Single Element is a great energy-efficient option. It has industry-leading hydraulic efficiency which allows the pump to run at a slower speed or for less time, which saves you energy and money. If you prefer a dichotomous earth (D.E.) filter, hope for energy-efficiency is not lost. By pairing a Hayward DEP 500 Series filter with a SelectaFlo™ High-Efficiency D.E. filter valve, you can reduce headloss by 90% resulting in improved water circulation and lower energy costs.


You likely have a pool heater if you enjoy keeping your pool at the perfect swimming temperature. Picking the right heating equipment impacts your pool’s overall energy-efficiency. Heating your pool can be done with a heat pump or a gas heater. If you want to maximize your pool’s energy-efficiency, your climate plays an important role in the type of heater you should use. Heat pumps use the outside air to heat your pool, so they are a great option when you live in a climate that has a steady temperature. Hayward HeatPro Heat Pumps have a titanium counter-flow heat exchanger that maximizes heat transfer and can reduce energy costs by up to 70%. If you live in a climate that is variable and you don’t use your pool year-round, a gas heater is likely a better option for you.

If a gas heater is best for your pool and climate, keep in mind that the size of the heater matters. To avoid overworking your heater and pool pump, make sure to check that your heater size is right for your pool. A great option is Hayward’s Universal H-Series heater. It is designed with advanced hydraulic efficiency and can save up to 18% in energy costs by reducing the amount of time your pump runs. In addition to its energy-efficiency, it also has a low environmental impact when compared to other gas heaters on the market.


You are now on your way to optimizing your pool’s energy-efficiency, but we couldn’t leave you without mentioning LED lighting. Adding LED lights is another great way to improve your pool’s energy-efficiency. Hayward LED pool lights use up to 86% less energy than incandescent lights. LED lights can also last up to 10 times longer, which means less maintenance for you. Hayward has a broad range of LED lighting options. Our Universal ColorLogic LED pool and spa lights can be installed in virtually any pool or spa. They also let you illuminate your pool or spa with a variety of colors and light shows to perfectly fit your mood.

Find the right equipment for you.
When searching for energy-efficient products, remember that every pool is different and depending on your location, your pool may need specific products for optimal performance. Locate a pool professional near you to get started on your energy savings today.

Save even more with rebates!
Many utility service providers offer rebates to pool owners who purchase energy-efficient pool equipment, such as Hayward’s ENERGY STAR Certified variable-speed pumps. Find a variety of utility and product rebates in our Rebate Center.

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