How to Reduce Your Pool Pump Energy Bill

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Inyo has done a study to find out a few steps that you can take in order to reduce your energy bill. The swimming pool pump is one of the highest energy consumers for a household. Taking these few steps can help save you money each month. Please feel free to comment on the bottom of this page for more ideas on how you reduced your pool pump bill.

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There are several ways that you can reduce the cost of your energy bill with your swimming pool pump. The number one thing to keep in mind is your pump is used to help keep your swimming pool circulating and clean. If you notice a big change in your swimming pool clarity or balance you may want to double think your actions.

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Amount of time to run your pool pump
The first thing to look at is how long your pump is running per day. If you do not own a timer, get one. Click here for our pool timers. Swimming pool pumps should be run an average 8 hours a day to properly circulate and clean your water. The pump should push your entire pool in gallons in this 8 hour period of time. However, often times swimming pool pump horse power is overrated for their size swimming pool. If it is overrated your pump may be pushing your water through in a 6 hour period or even a 4 hour period of time. In this case you can reduce the time you run your swimming pool pump. According to Florida Power and Electric reducing a pool pump by 2 hours will save you about $10 per month. Here is the average monthly costs for the average 1 HP pump to run.

1 HP - 4 Hours = $21
1 HP - 6 Hours = $31
1 HP - 8 Hours = $41

A pool timer will help you keep your pump running the proper amount of time. Again, check your pool chemical balance if you see a drastic change revert back to the old amount of time your run your pool pump.

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Oversized Pool Pumps
Like stated above many pool builders oversize the pool pump for their swimming pool. For swimming pool clarity reasons it is always better to have a higher HP pump then a lower HP pump, but for energy consumption reasons it is just sucking on your monthly bill. One option is to switch to a lower HP pump. To figure out the proper size of your pool pump HP click on The Horse Power of Inground Pool Pumps. According to Florida Power and Electric reducing the average Florida pump (running 8 hours a day) from 1 1/2 HP down to 1 HP you can save about $19 per month. This is $228 per year.

1 HP 8 Hours = $41
1.5 HP 8 Hours = $58

If you reduce the horsepower of the pump your filter will actually perform better. It will most likely be oversized compared to your pump and be able to filter out your water a little more properly. If you decide to go this route please ensure your calculations are correct.

Step 4

Switch to an EE motor
If you plan on staying in your home longer then 2 years then you definitely should upgrade your motor from a standard to a Energy Efficient motor. Replacing your existing pump motor with an Energy Efficient motor can save your up to 33% on your electric bill. The same 1 HP pump listed above that is switched to a 1HP EE pump motor can save you $13 per month or $156 per year.

1 HP - 8 Hours = $41
1 HP EE - 8 Hours = $28

If you are in need of a new pump you should definitely purchase a EE model. The average cost difference between the standard and EE pool pumps is about $100. You will make up this difference in less then 8 months.
Click here for a list of all of our Replacement Pool Pump Motors.
Click here to find out How to Replace a Pool Pump Motor

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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/21/2011 

Mr. Neuhausr, If you want to replace your current motor, our catalog number for the AO Smith equivalent to your Marathon C1245 is # B853. The EE or multispeed (2 speed or variable speed) motors cost more initially, but your will make it up quickly in energy savings. We would definitely recommend either. Hayward or Pentair are among the favorite manufactures of these energy efficient pumps.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/21/2011 

Mr. Neuhausr – The EE motors are 20-30% more efficient due to their better design. The multispeed motor can give you 60% saving or higher depending on how you program them. According to well established data, if you run a motor at half speed you will only use 13% of the energy used at full speed. Typically you would run a standard motor 8 hours a day at full rate. With a multispeed motor, you would run the pump only two -three hours at full speed for the pool suction cleaner and another 8-10 hours at half speed to circulate all your pool water through the filter.
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 Posted: 10/19/2011 

I have a Marathon electric pool pump motor, Catalog number c1245 and the bearings are bad.
As I don't see that brand on your site, can you recommend another brand? Also should I consider an EE or Multi speed motor?
Thanks.

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 Posted: 10/19/2011 

Great information. I have heard alot about multi-speed pump motors. Are they worth it? How much more efficient are they than the EE motors?
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 Posted: 8/26/2011 

oh that's great.This will be very much helpful,i think one should follow these steps in order to reduce pool pump energy bill.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/11/2011 

If you can determine the manufacturer of your timer, they can usually provide you with a copy these instructions. We could not identify the manufacturer from you number but if you can identify them and need their number, you can call us at 877-372-6038
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 Posted: 7/9/2011 

My timer is 2E3pool pump & heater timer. 2 circuit time switch. (There maybe more to the model number which I cannot read.) The instructions are so deteriorated I cannot read it. Does anyone have these instructions or know where I can obtain them
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 Posted: 3/30/2011 

We have to maintain the temperature so the question is with 8 hours running, it will be difficult to maintain the desired temperature specially in the spa. Can you advise on this.
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 Posted: 3/14/2011 

What about multispeed?
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 Posted: 3/14/2011 

Anyone have experience with the Ecopump or the AO Smith B2982 motor (included on the Ecopump). The ratings are incredible: 7.4Amps at full speed, 1.4Amps at low speed. The 1.4Amps is about 1/2 of most low speed draws.
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