There are more than 5 million in-ground pools installed across America and over 150,000 new pools are built annually. A key component of these pools is the pool pump, which re-circulates water through a filter to maintain water clarity and hygiene. All swimming pools have at least one recirculation pump, but many have multiple pumps. Many pool owners don't realize how much energy their pool pump may be wasting. Pool pump speeds vary based on the pool's operation. Filtration, for example, only requires half the flow rate of running a pool cleaner. Conventional pool pumps, with only one speed, are set to run at the higher speeds required of the pool cleaner and waste energy during filtration operation by running faster than necessary.
An ENERGY STAR certified pool pump can run at different speeds and be programmed to match the pool operation with its appropriate pool pump speed. The energy saved is considerable; reducing pump speed by one-half allows the pump to use just one-eighth as much energy.
ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps will:
- Save you over a thousand dollars over their lifetime.
- Pay for themselves in less than 2 years
- Run quieter and prolong the life of your pool's filtering system.
How much energy is saved? On average, an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump can save you over $300 per year. In warmer climates where pools are used year-round, savings can be significantly higher. Check with your local utility, as many utilities are offering hundreds of dollars in incentives for ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps.
ENERGY STAR certifies the following types of pool pumps:
- "Wet end" and motor pool pumps
- Residential pool pumps
- Multi-speed, variable-speed pool pumps capable of operating on at least two speeds.*
- In ground pool pump
- 0.5 < Total HP ≤ 4
- Single Phase
*At this time, a single-speed pool pump will not meet the ENERGY STAR specification. However, a single-speed pump with an Energy Factor (EF) above or equal to 3.8 could be developed and receive the ENERGY STAR certification.
Current Specification Effective Date: February 15, 2013
Pool pumps originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label on February 15, 2013.
An ENERGY STAR qualified pool pump will be, on average, 30–72% more energy-efficient than a standard model.