Earth Day is fast approaching and it serves as a great reminder that there are always ways to conserve more energy. When it comes to our homes, there are both small everyday changes and large permanent ones that can have a positive impact on the energy we consume. If you have a pool on your property, you know the added expenses that go along with it. What if there was a way to both reduce those costs and your carbon footprint at the same time?
In 2010, heating swimming pools accounted for 85 percent of the solar power that was used in the United States. People in warm-climate areas like Texas, Florida and California are starting to realize that harnessing the power of the sun can save money on pool-heating utility costs. Plus, it just makes sense to use a renewable energy source whenever possible. In this article, we will look at how using a solar powered heat pump for your pool can save you money while conserving energy.
Low install costs
The upfront costs of installing a solar powered heater for your pool are similar to what it would cost for a heat pump or a liquid fuel pool heater. Despite being considered a newer technology, solar powered pool heaters are simple in design, which keeps the cost low. You can expect to spend anywhere between $2,500 and $7,500 on solar powered technology to heat your pool—but there are ways that you will regain that cost quickly.
Utility cost savings
If an owner replaces a gas pool heater with a solar powered one, the cost recoups in two to three years based on utility savings. Instead of having to generate energy from a nonrenewable source, solar-powered heaters draw that energy from one of the most abundant fuel sources of all—the sun.
Not only do solar powered pool heaters save money and energy, but they work really well too. Water is drawn through a collector that then heats it up and directs it back into the pool—it’s as simple as that. With solar powered pool heaters, you can expect your pool to always be a comfortable temperature and ready to entertain guests anytime.
The lifespan of a solar-powered pool heater is between 20 to 25 years. Since much of the technology has not actually been in mass use for that long, the average lifespan of the heaters may even go up as time goes by. You don’t have to worry that the solar panels and heating system you purchase today will be outdated in a few years; the technology is sound and will remain the same even as more sophisticated models hit the market in coming years.
Once you have your solar powered heat pump in place, it is pretty easy to maintain it. You will want to have it inspected at least once per year. It doesn’t need much else in the way of maintenance though, making for an even more enjoyable pool-owning experience.
Using solar heating for your pool is a smart way to make sure your investment is enjoyed to the fullest. Saving energy and money in the process is just an added bonus to implementing this renewable energy source.