A huge wave of savings

A pool or spa can be responsible for approximately 70% of your summer electricity bill. Adopting the right pool and spa products as well as good habits will help you save.

Energy-efficient pool products

Less heating with a solar cover

Use a solar cover and save up to 45% on your water heating costs.

Good habits

  • Use a solar pool cover every day, especially overnight and even in warm weather.

  • Place the cover bubble-side down, in contact with the water.

  • Use a reel for easier handling.

  • Lower the temperature by just a degree or two to save approximately 25% on your water heating costs.

Install a timer and save at the pump

Install a timer on the filter pump and save up to 45% on filtration costs without sacrificing water quality.

Good habits

  • Choose a timer that is especially adapted to your pool (for at least a 1-HP motor) and rated 15 A.

  • If you choose an electronic timer, be sure it can store programming information in case of power failure.

Pumps: efficiency leads to savings

If you plan to replace your pump or install a new pool, consider purchasing an efficient pump (a two-speed or variable-speed model). You could save up to 80% on your water filtration costs as compared to a single-speed pump.

Good habits

  • Choose a model of two speed pump that automates the hours at which the pump operates on high and low speeds to facilitate use and maximize savings.

  • Choose an ENERGY STAR certified model.

  • Ask your pool retailer whether the pump is compatible with your setup (chlorinator, ionizer, ozonizer, heater, etc.).

  • When it comes time to install your variable-speed pump, call upon the services of an expert, who can give you personalized tips.

Heat pump: the perfect complement

Are you planning on buying a pool heater? With a heat pump, you could save up to 75% on your water heating costs. While it may be more expensive than an electric resistance heater, a heat pump will lead to greater savings that will offset the higher price.

Spa: proper use, lower consumption

A spa can have a considerable impact on your electricity bill and cost over $500/year. If you don’t plan on using your spa during the winter, remember to shut it off. You’ll save over $250.

Source : Hydro-Québec's Calculation Tools

Good habits

  • For savings, lower the standby temperature by a degree or two.

  • Put the cover back on after each use to retain heat.

  • Choose a spa with better insulation and two separate pumps, including an efficient model (with several speeds).

  • Choose a rigid, well-insulated cover to avoid wasting the energy required to heat the water.

  • Make sure your spa is protected from strong winds and the elements.

Did you know that using a spa just once a week is the equivalent of leaving a 55‑inch television on for 24 hours/day for a month?

Where can you find energy-efficient pool products?

Energy-efficient pool products are sold by our Efficient Pools Program partners:

  • Logo Club Piscine
  • logo Trevi
  • logo Maître Piscinier
  • logo Sima Canada
  • logo Association des commerçants de piscines du Québec

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