There isn’t a better feeling in the world than being able to jump into your pool on a hot day and cool off. It’s relaxing, fun and swimming pools always make for fantastic social hubs for you and the people who matter the most.
We’re in the business of selling pools because we believe in their benefits, but those benefits aren’t always free. For first time owners – they’re sometimes shocked when they see their first utility bill and it’s an issue we encounter frequently.
There are ways to be more efficient with everything we use and do in our lives – and pools are no different. Here are some ways you can still have a fantastic time in your pool while being smarter and more cost-effective with how you use your energy and utilities.
Be a little strategic about your pool pump
Pumps use up a lot of energy, therefore it’s important to run it when, well – it’s a little cheaper. Many places actually have hydro charges based on the amount of time you use the pump. The nighttime is more affordable, so make sure that when you’re using your pump – you’re using it when it costs less to do so. It’ll make a significant dent in your utility bill.
Buy it in bulk
Owning a pool isn’t just as easy as digging a hole up and filling it with water. They need to be taken care of with the proper chemicals and the right equipment. This can add up if you’re not smart about how you’re buying it. Many pool supply stores will offer you bulk deals during certain times of the year and you should absolutely take advantage of that whenever possible. Chemicals don’t go bad, so there’s no worries in buying a bunch of them and having them sit around for a little while. You can save as much as 20-25% off when you buy bulk, so don’t be shy!
Don’t be wasteful of water
One of the most common hidden costs of pools is the water itself – not so much up front, but over time. Water evaporates, gets splashed out of the pool, etc., but let’s face it – who wants to yell at their kids for doing too many cannonballs? And if it’s not your kids, who’s going to yell at you when you’re doing them? All of that is fun, but just recognize that at some point, you’ve gotta get more water into the pool and at a point, you’re going to have to pay for it. Have fun with your pool – and hey – splashing and water loss is just reality. It’s going to happen no matter what. But policing it – just a bit – can make a big difference.
There’s no reason to spend a ton on your utility bills and reality is – you won’t – if you follow our tips. Good luck and here’s to the weather warming up soon!