How to Reduce Your Pool Heating Energy Bill

Written by:  Danny Rhodehamel
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Inyo Pools is always after trying to save our customers money. We have come up with some suggestions on how to reduce your energy bill and save you cash on your monthly bill. Please feel free to comment at the end of this section on any other ways you have reduced your heating bill.

Three easy steps
Buy a Solar Blanket (50% energy cost savings)
Reduce your temperature (Saves $40 per month every 2 degrees)
Upgrade to a heat pump (40% Savings)

Tips & Warnings

Step by Step

Step 1
Lower Bill with a Solar Blanket

Solar Blankets
Rule Number 1. If you are using a gas heater or heat pump and do not have a Solar Blanket you are doubling your Heating Bill. According to Florida Power and Electric an average bill to heat your pool to 78 degrees is $180 / month. If you do something as simple as add a Solar Blanket then your cost will be reduced to $90 / month. Do not think of it as trapping solar heat. Think more of putting a lid on you pool. Your heat will be trapped and kept in your pool. So it take less energy to heat your swimming pool. This is a no brainer. If you buy a solar blanket you make your money back in about 1 month. Here is a link to all of our available Solar Blankets.

Step 2
lower pool temperatur bill

Turn down the temperature
The easiest way to reduce your swimming pool heating bill is to turn your temperature down. For every 2 degrees you turn down your temperature you will be saving around $40 per month. So reducing your temperature of your pool from 84 degrees to 78 degrees can save you $120 per month. So if you are not using your swimming pool turn down the heat.

Step 3
Pool Heaters versus Heat Pump

Should I upgrade to a Heat Pump?
When you heat a swimming pool the key to save on your monthly energy bill and gas bill is to get the most efficient heater to date.
According to Florida Power and Electric the average gas heater will heat a pool at 78 degrees for a cost of $180 / month. This same pool can be heated by a heat pump for $105 / month. A pool that is heated to 84 degrees will cost a gas heater $290, but it will cost a heat pump $159. (These figures were based on $0.12 kWh for Central Florida). The initial costs of purchasing a heat pump is about $1,100 more then a gas heater. If you were to heat your pool at 78 degrees for 8 months out of the year, you will make your money back in about 2 years. With a heater or heat pump life span of 8 to 13 years you will save about $5,000. If you are planning on staying in your house for over 2 years you should purchase a heat pump. If you currently have a gas heater it still makes sense to upgrade to a heat pump if you are staying in your home for longer then 2 years. These numbers did not include having a solar cover on your pool. If you were to heat your pool at 78 degrees and with a solar blanket this decreases your monthly bill to $53. Click here for our Pool heat pumps

Step 4
pool solar heating

Solar Heating
Solar Heating is of course the cheapest way to heat your pool and cut down on your heating bill. A combination of heating your pool with a heat pump and a solar heater will reduce your electric bill even more. Keep in mind the best way to heat your pool is with a heater or heat pump and a solar blanket. Solar will heat your pool, but in some areas it will not be enough to make your pool swimmable. Click here for more information on How to Heat your Pool without a Heater.

Step 5

If you were to go from heating a pool to 84 degrees with a gas heater and no solar blanket, to heating a pool to 78 degrees with a heat pump and a solar blanket you could be saving up to $185 per month

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Tips & Warnings

These figures were done for Central Florida. Average monthly heating cost for 14' x 28' pool, November through April. Coldest months will be higher. Based on heat pump efficiency of COP = 5, and electric cost of $ 0.12 kWh. Gas heater efficiency of 80%, and natural gas cost of $1 per therm or propane cost of $1 per gallon. Local gas cost may vary


Please Note:

Inyo Pool Products is not responsible for any injury or damaged equipment
while using our guides. Using our guides is doing so at your own risk.
These guides are suggested use of your pool or spa equipment and may vary
depending on which product you are using.