A blue thermal cover is rolled out over the water while the pool is not in use. These covers will heat pool water by 6º–8º C ( 42º-46.4º F) and so help conserve energy. This type of cover will also help save water as evaporation is dramatically reduced when they are in use. Pools also lose heat overnight and through wind action, and whether your pool is heated mechanically or not, a thermal cover will prevent the water temperature from dropping by as much as 80 percent.
Swimming Pool Owners Can Help Reduce The
Impact of Electricity Load Shedding
The Eskom (the energy producer in South Africa) crisis, which lead to widespread load shedding several years ago highlighted the need for us to cut back on excessive use of electricity. Power supply is still a national issue, even though the Western Cape was hardest hit when massive load shedding took place during February and March, and then again in June and July of 2006. And it was back again in 2020! The rest of the world is not immune to having energy problems.
Consequently the urgent need for all of us to reduce power consumption was highlighted, to help Eskom & others avoid inconvenient and disruptive load shedding. Even if Eskom is able to supply our growing need for electricity, we, as individuals, need to manage our environmental footprint and reduce our impact on the earth’s resources.
Do you consume vast quantities of water, vast quantities of fuel or vast amounts of electricity? If so, do you think you could tread a little lighter and waste a little less?
How Swimming Pool Owners Can Save Energy
As pool owners we can play an important role. For instance, a pool pump can use as much as 12 percent of the total power used by a household. This source of domestic energy consumption is often ignored, simply because the pool pump is not generally thought of as a machine which consumes electricity. More often than not it is left to automatically click into operation for six to twelve hours every day. But if we run our pool pumps for fewer hours each day, and avoid running them during peak hours (7 am–10 am and 5 pm–10 pm), we can save energy and money without affecting our lifestyle.
In addition, by covering your swimming pool you will find that you can reduce the running time of the pool pump to about one hour a day. If your pool is heated, a cover will also help retain heat, and less power will be used.
During winter, pool owners who cover their swimming pools will find that this is an ideal opportunity to reduce the pump running time. Apart from reducing pump usage, a cover will keep the pool clean and save on chemicals. In summer, a pool cover can reduce evaporation by up to 90 percent – once again saving water and money.
There are several types of pool cover available to suit a variety of needs.The most user-friendly and cost effective type is the thermal blanket which will heat your pool water by up to 8 degrees C (46.4º F).
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Sun2Solar Blue 8-Foot-by-8-Foot Square Solar Cover | 1600 Series | Heat Retaining Blanket for In-Ground and Above-Ground Square Swimming Pools and Spas | Use Sun to Heat Pool | Bubble-Side Down
- ATTRACTIVE BLUE DESIGN – Sun2Solar solar blankets are made from a film of thousands of tiny bubbles, which work together to collect and retain heat both at night and on those chilly days. The blue color provides an appealing look while also using the sun’s rays to help warm your swimming pool.
- MINIMIZE WATER EVAPORATION – The use of a solar cover helps in preventing up to 95% of pool water evaporation. When not enjoying a refreshing swim, keeping your pool covered lessens the vast amount of water lost into the environment. Fill up your swimming pool less and enjoy it more!
- JUMP INTO WARMTH – Show friends and family your bravery by jumping in without the standard toe dip. Enter the swimming pool confidently knowing the Sun2Solar solar cover has kept the water warm just for you. It’s easy to put on and take off allowing more time for showing off.
- HEAT RETENTION – After everyone has called it a day with wrinkled fingers from too much fun in the sun, make sure to place this solar cover back atop the water. Don’t lose all of that warmth generated throughout the day when the sun sets. Assure your pool’s temperature does not drop too much by protecting it at night through use of a solar blanket.
- TRIM TO FIT – Your pool may be uniquely shaped and getting the right fit is as easy as finding a marker and sharp pair of scissors. Have the bubbles facing down to the water and trace a line on the cover showing where you should cut off the additional material. Do so confidently knowing this won’t affect the manufacturer’s warranty—they understand.