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In this video I cover several aspects of how to save money while maintaining your pool. The cost of electricity and chemicals can punch large holes in your monthly budget.
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More on Tip #1 & 2
I talk about running your pool just one cycle per day. You will need to know your pool size so here is a video on how to calculate it:
Calculate your pool volume (how many gallons):
Here is the bet flow meter on the market today:
FlowVis® Flow Meter – H2flow Review & Overview:
You will also need to know your pump’s flow rate. Here is a link to a cheat sheet listing most pool pumps by brand and hp and flow rate:
You also need to factor in Total Dynamic Head (TDH) – resistance to flow. Here is a good write up on it:
Basically I knock off 20- 30 gallons per minute depending on the filter type and how far the pool is from the skimmer. Most flow rates are calculated with the pump 20 ft from the skimmer.
Not really very complicated. You can save $20-$50 a month on your electric bill by simply lowering your pump run time.
More on Tip #3:
Getting a good test kit will eliminate your need to run to the pool store each week and in doing so you will eliminate impulse buying and guilt buying, “well they tested my water so I should by this at least…”
Test Kit Comparison: Which Kit is the Best?:
Taylor Complete FAS-DPD Pool Water Test Kit K-2006:
More on Tip #4:
Using the BBB Method is a good way to save lots of money on chemical cost and to also avoid the expensive shocks and products found at your local pool store. For example a 1 lb bag of Cal-Hypo 73% shock is not any stronger than one gallon of 8.75% Clorox Bleach. And it is at least $2.00 more in price. You will also find Alkalinity Up (it is just Baking Soda in a fancy bag) to be twice the price or more of just plain Baking Soda…
Here is the BBB Method Playlist-
The BBB Method of Pool Care:
More on Tip #5:
Keeping your pool clean is essential. Leaves, organic debris and dirt all use up the Chlorine in the water faster. So keeping the surface and the bottom clean is important. Also, keeping the skimmer free of debris will allow the pool to run better.
How to Clean Your Pool Skimmer Basket:
Playlist covering Skimming and Vacuuming your pool:
Pool Guy (Gal) Basic Training Series:
More on Tip #6:
So the upfront cost of an Automatic cleaner is a bit high, but the benefits are great if you get the correct cleaner. It will help pick up leaves and dirt and save you time also -and time is money. Plus it will make maintaining your pool easier and that will go a long way in easing the frustration of owning a pool.
Automatic Cleaners on my Route, the Best of 2014:
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this video I'm going to show you how to maintain your pool at the lower possible including your electricity and your chemical cost so your standard pool pump will actually raise electricity bill substantially as you're running it so you want to run your pool as little as possible so even in the summer all you need to do is cycle your water through your pool at least one time per day it basically means that the pump will be running long enough that all the water in the pool will go through the filter at least once per day so for this to work effectively we have to know your pool size I have a separate video on measuring your pool I won't go into a lot of detail here we basically learn how many gallons of water are in your pool once you know how many gallons are in your pool you want to take your pump size this is a 1/2 horsepower pump and I'll tell you how many gallons per minute I'll pump through your filter when the filter is running at optimal I'm going to make sure your filter is clean and the right size for your pool this here is a 4 and 20 square foot cartridge filters so I have this pool set to run five hours a day in the summertime we get one cycle of water through you so writing your fool for the minimum time yet one cycle through will save you a substantial amount of money so depending on your pumps horsepower and how long you run your pump each state will determine your electricity cost average cost anywhere from forty to sometimes over a hundred dollars if you're running your pump too long so we cut that back to the minimum one cycle run time can save yourself anywhere from ten even forty dollars a month significant savings over the course of one year so in the wintertime you don't want to rise your pool you can actually lower your bowl down to two or three hours a day the water temperature is really cold chlorine tend to hold better no one's using the pool and the bacteria the virus is still thrive in really cold water you we also want to invest in a good test kit this is a K 2006 you want to be able to test your chemicals to get an accurate reading of your chlorine level the pH in your alkalinity calcium hardness and division or level whether having to go into the pool store every week or two so testing the water keeping it balanced keeping your conditioner level between thirty and fifty parts-per-million checking your water and balancing every week will move you away from the expensive pool shock and the algaecides your pools safe sparkling clean and balanced all year round a great way to save money is to switch over to the BBB method of fool care using Clorox bleach as your sanitizer using baking soda to raise a community and using borax raise pH a great way to save money and your chemical cost so by maintaining your fool with these household products you'll eliminate the need for expensive shocks the track or tablets so by staying out of the pool store the savings by using the BBB method can be substantial you and you also want to skim your pool every week or more to get the organic 3 off the top of the pool and keep the chlorine from being absorbed by the leaves and included in that is to make sure that your skimmer basket there's debris away the pump will run more efficiently basically you want to keep the pool running at peak efficiency you want to keep the pool surface and bottom clean of any organic debris so I recommend keeping your filter clean keeping the pump basket clean of debris also you just want the circulation be as efficient as possible so you can run your timer the least amount of time I also recommend investing in a good automatic pool cleaner this here is the Blair's 369 booster pump version of the Polaris having a good automatic cleaner save you a lot of time in your maintenance and also will keep the organic debris from absorbing a lot of the chlorine even though the initial investment will automatically nor could be high you save time savings and the cleanliness of the pool we can a week out makes getting on a cleaner a bit of us you if your existing pump and motor needs to be replaced I would definitely go at a variable-speed pump to save a lot of money on electricity here by using one of these and here's the pump running at low speed 15 here rpms you can see the wattage is 200 watt so it's like having two light bulbs on your house at this speed it would take maybe about eight hours sick of the water cooler size pool here they're putting a minute and 1,700 but the speed of your normal comfort around that would be the speed of your normal pump to see how much water you using when you're running your normal pool pump reverses the variable speed also the rails become you don't have to run it nearly as high all the time so you can actually lower the RPMs down and say electricity that way also if you're running on a lower speed than that a twenty three hundred and fifty create using eight hundred eighty six watts that's actually pretty good speed to circulate the water in the pool but there are definite benefits of a variable speed pump running it on a semi high speed and circulate the water and save you a lot of electricity that has the possible Satur come a side benefit of the variable speed pump is that the motor itself lasts a very long time I've several first generation rails be pumped about eight years old seems that why is running on low speed the bearings last a long time and in so I have not yet to replace one of the rails beep uh motors you if you have a natural gas heater I would suggest using it sparingly when I heat Michael in the summertime my gas Bell goes from about $40 to about 160 so significantly raise with your gas bill my bill quadruples when I use my heater and generally speaking if you were to heat your pool everyday in the summer to 82 degrees we had an average sized pool your gas Co would be anywhere from six to eight hundred dollars or sometimes even more so using your heater significantly raises the expense of running your pool if you're on a tight budget definitely having a full service as a luxury and not a necessity like the gardener and a housekeeper full service is something that you have when you can afford to serve it's a self so having your pool service every week by a pool professional is convenient it's actually very nice but again it's an expensive item in your budget you you so if you follow the tips that I outlined in this video here save a lot of money on your full maintenance or full care every month