1. When purchasing a pool or spa,
look for insulation applied directly to
the fiberglass or wood that holds the
water. This retards heat loss and helps
maintain water temperature.
2. Set the thermostat to 78 F or lower.
3. Run your pool pump only as long as
necessary. Ask your pool-supply contact
how long it should run each day.
4. Use a timer to operate the pool's filter pump.
5. Run your pool pump only during
off-peak hours, when energy may be
cheaper. Check with your local utility to
find out which hours to avoid.
6. Keep your pump and filter operating optimally by regularly removing foreign material from strainer baskets in the pump and skimmer.
7. Use a wall brush and leaf skimmer frequently, and follow a regular program of preventive maintenance.
8. Cover your pool and spa with a
blanket or other covering when they are not being used.
9. Consider solar energy as an alternate
10. Track your water consumption by
monitoring your utility bills. A change could signal a problem.
11. Turn off pool fountains and waterfalls
when they aren't needed. Use timers for automatic shutoff.
12. Maintain proper chemical levels and
adequate circulation time. Preventing a problem is less costly than draining your
pool or using excessive water or chemicals to correct one.
13. Discourage extreme splashing and
boisterous play. The more water you
lose to splashing, the more frequently
you ll need to refill your pool.
14. If your pool or spa is equipped with
an overflow line, plug it whenever you swim. This prevents water loss through
the line when the pool is in use.
15. Keep an eye on the water level when
you top off your pool. Forgetting to shut
off the water can be costly; use a timer
to limit the water you use.
16. Shelter your pool and spa from wind
with windbreaks, plantings, fences, or buildings. Cutting down on wind across
the water will reduce evaporation.
17. Reduce the amount of water used to
backwash pool filters. Backwash only
as needed and just long enough for the
water in the sight glass to run clean.
18. Look for signs of a leak, such as
recurrent algae, loose tiles or cracks on the deck, or water-saturated soil around
the pool, pump, or plumbing.
19. Repair pool leaks. Even a small leak
in pool equipment or the pool's structure
can add significantly to your water and
20. Drain your pool or spa only when
necessary. How often will depend on
your use patterns and how well you
maintain water quality.
21. When adding large amounts of
fill water to your pool or spa, always
follow the recommended start-up
22. Reduce filtration time to six hours per
day. Depending on previous use, this can save 50 percent or more of the
energy used for filtration.