U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Monday, February 25, 2013

Pool Pumps Earn ENERGY STAR Certification

On February 15, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its first ENERGY STAR specification for pool pumps. Expanding into this new product category is part of the ENERGY STAR program's overall commitment to help prevent climate change by encouraging superior energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps will:

  • Save consumers thousands of dollars over their lifetime.
  • Pay for themselves in under three years, and
  • Run quieter and prolong the life of a pool's filtering system.

Many consumers don't realize how much energy is wasted by a typical pool pump. Different pool operations require different pool pump speeds. For example, filtration requires only one-half the flow rate of other pool functions such as running pool cleaners. 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 reduction in energy consumption is considerable; a reduction in pump speed of one-half allows the pump to use just one-eighth as much energy.

COOL FACTS: ENERGY STAR certified pumps will be, on average, 30-72% more energy-efficient than standard models and save consumers about $160 per year. An individual model's efficiency will depend on the climate it is used in, the size of the pump, and the number of speeds it uses. If all pool pumps sold in the United States met these new requirements, the energy cost savings would grow to about $113 million per year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 140,000 vehicles.

To earn the ENERGY STAR label, products must be certified by an EPA-recognized third party, based on testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory. In addition, manufacturers of the products must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies.

Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, with the help of ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved over $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of carbon pollution. The ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products with more than 5 billion sold.