Whether you’re someone who is very concerned with the environmental impacts of your standard of living or just someone who wants to save on their monthly energy bill; there are more options than ever before when it comes to designing and energy efficient pool.
In the past, folks have been a little gun-shy in regards to going eco-friendly, largely because of the larger up-front costs. And while that obstacle still does exist to a certain degree, it’s not nearly as much as it used to be and the value-add is far more significant now than it was 10 years ago. And even if you don’t want to go all the way green, there’s plenty of adaptations you can make to not only leave a smaller footprint, but to also save a few bucks in the long run.
Here are some of the best ways you can make your pool more environmentally friendly. Let’s jump right in!
A new finish
Believe it or not, darker colored pool finishes absorb the sun’s rays and that energy can actually be used to heat your pool. Now that being said – dark finishes aesthetically aren’t exactly a subtle way of going about things, but studies have found that if you choose a dark finish, you can save as much as 5-10% annually on your heating bill – and that’s also not getting into hidden costs associated with less wear and tear it places on your pool’s heater, etc.
Yes, they even have LED lighting for pools now, too! LED lights not only look great, but they can save you almost $100 a year compared to incandescent versions. Even better? They come in a whole range of cool and interesting colors and arrangements, so it can really add to the aesthetic appeal of your swimming area.
Tax incentives and rebates
Most to all states offer some sort of tax incentive or rebate for you to switch to more environmentally friendly, well… anything, really. If you’re looking to save a little money or try to get a little bit more back from Uncle Sam, feel free to check in with your local pool pro to see what’s available to you in your state.
The solar industry has exploded in the last 15 years. Not just in terms of things like the continued use of solar panels, but also the kinds of equipment it offers and how that technology can intermingle with many other things we use on our newly-formed self-grid. Solar heaters and covers absorb thermal energy from the sun to warm your pool water. This is a great way to either entirely heat your pool, or in the case of a blanket – save your pool pump from significant wear and tear.
If you’re looking for some more environmentally friendly additions or ways that you can customize your pool, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!