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Energy Conservation

Ever rising energy costs have put a pinch in all of our budgets.  Usings our holistic approach to conservation, we can save you electricity, gas, water, and chemicals. Call to schedule a complimentary swimming pool energy audit.  Travel fees may apply if outside the greater Boise, ID area.
Certified Aquatic Energy Auditor.
Swimming pools can be enormous energy hogs.  In fact, other than heating and cooling, a swimming pool is the next largest energy consumer.  Idaho Pool Remodeling takes energy conservation seriously.  We have carefully selected equipment that enhances your pool experience while saving precious resources and your hard earned paycheck. 

It all starts with an inspection and energy audit by our Certified Aquatic Energy Auditor.  From there we can help you determine the best ways to save energy and save money on your swimming pool operations.  Some of the options below are good examples of energy saving devices.

First and foremost, you can save a most of your heat, water and your paycheck, by preventing evaporation.  Evaporation accounts for over 70% of heat losses.  Our experts can suggest many ways aimed at conserving your pool heat including covers and specialized chemical treatments.
Pumps, heaters and lights all require electricity to operate.  Proper pump sizing, LED light upgrades, pre-filtration and pool automation systems can all reduce the amount of electricity your pool uses.

Solar heating of pool water is a fantastic way of being more ecologically minded while saving money by not paying for fuel or electricity to raise the temperature of your water.  With a south facing exposure you can extend your swim season by a month at both ends of the calendar without paying for heat.  A solar pool heater is easy to add on while you are remodeling your pool.

Heat Pumps are a very energy efficient alternative to traditional gas pool heaters.  Rather than creating heat by burning propane or natural gas, electricity is used to take heat from the air and pump that heat into your pool water.  The only heat a heat pump creates is heat the compressor creates. 

Interesting process, let's describe it further.  The pool pump moves the water from the pool, through the filter and finally to the heater where, when the thermostat calls for heat, the heat pump activates.  The heat pump has a fan, much like your air conditioning unit, that moves warm air across coils where the heat in the air is absorbed by the refrigerant inside.  The refrigerant gas then passes through the compressor where the heat is concentrated creating very hot gas, that is passed through a heat exchanger called a condenser.  The heat is taken out of the condenser by the pool water and the refrigerant returns to a liquid state, ready to pick up more heat.  From there the process begins again.

Heat pumps are less expensive to run.  Generally speaking, as compared to gas heat, for every $0.20 of electricity you use, you receive $1.00 worth of heat. Besides the lower operating costs, heat pumps don't pollute the area with exhaust fumes and are usually require a lot less maintenance than gas pool heaters.

Energy Optimization is technology that can help you save power beyond your swimming pool or spa.  This technology helps balance power phases, filters out harmonics and re-constitutes transient power spikes and feeds this energy back into useable electricity.  Finally, it helps protect all the appliances inside your home.

Have you pulled your hair out trying to cut back on your chemical costs?  Are you tired of coming home from vacation and your house sitter forgot to take care of the pool?  Chemical automation may be the answer for you. 

Chemical savings of 20%-30%, reduced maintenance costs and the option of logging in remotely are all super points to consider.

Modern chemical automation systems monitor and adjust the sanitizer level and pH level in your pool or spa.  It works with salt systems, chlorine or bromine and other sanitizers as well.  Much like a thermostat for your water chemistry, it keeps the chemical swings to small levels reducing chemical use by reducing the additions to small, precise ones.  These systems also prevent wild pH swings and keep your heat exchanger and pool plaster from being corroded.
Swimming pool pumps are one of the largest consumers of electricity in homes.  So, it stands to reason that if you can put a more efficient pump in place that your electrical bill will see substantial reduction, right?

Did you know that every time you cut the RPM of a motor in half you cut energy consumption by the the cube root!  In fact, studies show that energy savings can be seen of up to 90% over single speed traditional pool pumps.

Its not just about the pump though.  Other changes need to be made to ensure distribution of clean, heated and sanitary water when you use the lower speeds.  Let our expert guide you through the energy savings process.
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