With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting the pool ready for the season. Even if you don’t live in an area with severe drought conditions like California, using water and energy conservation measures for your pool just makes good environmental and financial sense. Here are some tips to get you started.
Ways to Conserve Water
Use a cover
Using a pool cover can reduce the evaporation of your pool water by up to 95%. Pool covers also help to reduce the growth of algae, which helps save money on chemicals, and they keep the water warmer, which saves on heating costs.
Lower the water level
Ideally, your water level needs to be about 1 inch above the tile. Keep splashing and other games that reduce the water level to a minimum by explaining to children that the water must remain in the pool. Most children can be made to understand the importance of not wasting water, so it doesn’t hurt to throw a little environmental lesson in there as well.
Add chemicals in the evening
Sunlight quickens the dissipation of chlorine, so if at all possible, add chemicals at night to make them more effective and keep your costs down.
Monitor your utility bills
A spike in your electric and water bills could signal a leak somewhere.
Check the pump
Start by running your pump for 8 hours a day. If this is effective at keeping the algae down, try reducing it by ½ an hour a day until you notice a buildup, then raise it back to acceptable levels. This will save you money on your electric bills, as well as on chemicals and maintenance.