Few things say summertime like a warm evening spent with good friends around a pool; there’s just something about it that brings back the best of memories! As someone who likes to live life on the greener side, I have to resign myself to the fact that pools are a guilty pleasure as they fall far short of being eco-friendly. In spite of the reality that pools aren’t green, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do things to inspire a little green credit in your next pool party.
The first place you can look to go green is with your pool pump. Opting to replace your current pump with a more efficient model is not only a good choice for the Earth, it can also help you save money over the long run. In addition, put your pool pump on a timer for added efficiency.
Another place your pool really loses green credit is through its heater. The very nature of water and the shear volume of water in your pool means that constantly heating it will use a lot of energy. Your pool is no different than your home in the winter, the more you crank up the heat, the more electricity you will use. Try turning down the thermostat on your pool, and if that doesn’t make for an inviting swim, try turning it off during those times of the week you are least likely to take a dip.
Another similarity between your home and your pool is that regularly maintaining your systems and cleaning your filters will provide you with greater efficiency and fewer breakdowns. We can all get behind that idea!
Next, consider non-chlorine and limited chlorine systems for keeping your pool clean and disinfected. Chlorine is a toxic gas to humans, and let’s face it, it doesn’t do your skin any favors after a long day of lounging in the pool. Many options require new system installations, but trust me, it’s well worth the investment after experiencing a long soak in a chlorine free pool.
Lastly, the biggest green infraction committed by swimming pools is the volume of water that they use. While this fact can’t be helped, water loss through evaporation can be minimized. Using a fabric pool cover is one way to help keep your pool water where it belongs, but the latest and greatest minds in pool chemistry have brought us liquid pool covers, chemical barriers that are safe for swimmers that act as a top layer, keeping pool water in it’s place.
Just because something is not inherently efficient or eco-friendly doesn’t mean that you can’t make some helpful improvements. Now that we’ve got that covered, I think it’s time for a dip!