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Saving Money: Swimming Pools

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Owning a pool is a nice perk come the heat of the summer. But it can be an expensive item to maintain. Here are some simple tips that can help pool owners save a buck or two during the summer.

Keep the Main Pool Filter Clean
It couldn't be more simple. Keeping a clean pool filter eliminates many different expensive pool problems.

Run the Filter During Off-Peak Times
Most regions have off-peak times when electricity is less expensive compared to peak time. Adjust the pool timer to run during the off-peak time periods.

Invest in a Variable Speed Pump
Variable speed pumps can be programmed to run at the minimum speed required for any specific task. The pump will use less energy and can offer significant savings; sometimes up to 90 percent.

Pool Covers
Using a pool cover regularly reduces evaporation by 90 to 95 percent. Without a cover, an average pool of 18 feet x 36 feet loses about 1 inch of water per week in the peak of summer. This can add up to an annual water loss of 7,000 gallons. In addition, another benefit of using a pool cover is enhanced safety.

If you are using chlorine gas, however, you should let your pool air.

Check the Pool Equipment
Malfunctioning pool equipment can cause high-energy consumption. Regularly check your filter, cleaner, pump and other devices.

Keep the Pool Chemicals Balanced
Keeping the alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness level in line will save money in reduced chemical usage. Constantly fighting the swimming pool water balance can get very expensive.

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