The cost of electricity will be a big chunk of your total seasonal cost of operating a pool and the biggest electrical consumer will be the water pump.
Assuming you will use your Inground Swimming Pool for 6 months, we are estimating the cost to be just Under $1,000 dollars.
Ways to Save money operating your Inground Swimming Pool
Up until recently most new pools were installed with a single speed, 1.0 or 1.5 horsepower pump. These are able to move so much water in a period of time that it often made a lot of sense to have the system on a timer that would turn the pump off for a period of time each day in order to save on the electrical cost.
This makes a lot of sense but it needs to be done right. It’s very important to remember that while the pump is turned off, the pool is not filtering the water, the salt system is not producing any chlorine and the heater isn’t heating the water. There is a minimum number of hours a day a pool must run and it typically makes more sense to have the pump off during the day than at night. This is something a pool professional can help calculate.
More recently pools have been built with two speed or variable speed pumps installed. These pumps allow for the pump to remain on but at a far reduced speed and therefore at a much more economical rate. As an example, our two speed pump we use on most of our Campbell Pools will draw just about 1.6kW/h at high speed, but only .5kW/h at low speed. That means you can run the pump at low speed for just a bit over three hours at the same cost as operating the pump at high speed for one hour!
The most important factor here is that the pump is running and therefore the water is being filtered, the salt system is working and water can be heated. At low speed, we can leave the pump running twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and pay less for electrical than a single speed pump running on a timer and being turned off half the time.
What does this all mean in the real world? Well if we add up all the electrical components on a fully equipped pool running a two speed pump, the system will use about 2.3kW/h. What that means on your monthly electrical bill will vary from area to area as the rate we pay for a kilowatt hour changes. Using the average rate reported by Ottawa Hydro of $0.10 per kW/h, you are looking at $0.23 an hour, about $5.50 a day or about $165 a month.
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