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    Green Pools - Eco-Friendly Trends in Inground Pools

    January 28, 2013
    debbiefarnan

    ecofriendly inground pool kits

    Eco-friendly Pool Design

    The size of your pool can be a factor. A trend towards smaller pools is emerging, which due to size, require less resources to operate. With a smaller footprint, it keeps more of your backyard area permeable, so as not to increase erosion and runoff. Shallow water pools, lap pools or sport pools can also reduce the amount of filtering, sanitizing and heat that is needed to keep the water clean and comfortable.

    The shape of your pool can make a difference too. Rectangular pools can easily use an automatic cover, or more easily use solar blankets, which can help keep your pool heating costs down, while also reducing evaporation of water and pool chemicals.

    Eco-friendly Pool Equipment

    Pumps: Switching your pool pump to a variable speed pump will help save electricity. You can save up to 80% on your electricity bill with a variable speed pump such as the Pentair Intelliflo or the Hayward EcoStar pool pumps. These pumps use only the necessary amount of power to keep the pool clean and are programmable for any pool or water feature.

    Heaters: If you must use a heater for your swimming pool, it would be something you may want to speak to one of our representatives about. A heat pump may be a better alternative to use instead of a gas heater. Some heat pumps can deliver nearly $6 worth of heat for every $1 of heat you would get from a gas heater, depending on where you live and how you are using the heater.

    Solar pool heaters only run when your filter is running. If you put an automatic control on your solar system, your solar heater will warm your pool to the temperature you want, and automatically shut off the solar system if the clouds come out and it is going to cool the water down. Adding a solar blanket to your pool will help retain the heat in the pool. Solar blankets also reduce chemical and water evaporation.

    Filters: D.E. filters may require less run time due to their excellent filtration ability, however, they use DE powder, which although natural, can cause problems for fish if backwashed into streams, or for small creatures, if left in a clumpy pile in your backyard. Sand filters use only natural sand, but can waste thousands of gallons each year during backwashing, or cleaning of the filter. Cartridge filters are considered the most environmentally friendly, because they can go months without cleaning, and use only 10-20 gallons of water during the cleaning process.

    Timers: Running your pool pump all the time wastes a lot of energy. Most pump and filters can filter the pool sufficiently in 12 hours of daily filtering, cutting energy usage in half. But trying to remember to turn it off (and then back on again) can be difficult. A simple time clock can automate this for you.

     Eco-friendly Pool Purification

    Not over-filtering or over-sanitizing your pool water are eco-friendly practices that can save resources, and keep more money in your pocket. Reducing your chlorine usage also helps the environment. There are a few different ways that you can reduce your chlorine usage. Nature2 or the Frog are mineral purifiers that allow you to cut your chlorine use in half.

    Another product is Ahh-Some, an all-natural product that will lock in your pH and Alkalinity for a month, and you'll only need to maintain your chlorine at 0.5 ppm. Ozonators use the power of oxygen to sanitize the water, and the Power Ionizer uses silver and copper ions to control algae and bacteria.

    All of these "alternative sanitizers" will reduce your need for chlorine, which makes your pool more environmentally responsible and also - makes a nice conversation topic at your next pool party!

    A Natural Pool

    These are new types of pools just starting to become popular in the United States, referred to as a Natural pool or a Living pool. These pools uses plants and fish along with natural filtration, high flow circulation and water aeration to keep the water clear and clean for swimming.

    A living pool is more like a regular pool but uses plants and a filtration system to keep the water clean. They do not use standard pool chemicals, but can make use of low levels of minerals, mosses and natural filtration systems.

    By using natural water plants, a cartridge or carbon filter system and some fish or algae eating aquatic animals, the water can be crystal clear. There are some specific things you need to do to make this type of pool work. They look very much like a pond, but unlike most "natural" ponds, are safe and sanitary for swimming.

    To Sum it All Up

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    Our job is to help you install the best and most efficient equipment for your inground swimming pool. We are also here to help you learn to operate your pool in the manner that matches your environmental ethics.

    There are many ways to operate a more eco-friendly swimming pool. Our inground pool kits can be made as energy efficient as you want them to be. These methods and equipment options are usually not cheaper than traditional methods, although most will save you money in the long run.

    For more information on how our inground pool kits can be made more eco-friendly - give us a call at 800-983-7665. We love Green Pools!  

    Debbie Farnan
    SPP Pool Expert

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