Energy-saving pumps

Because it operates at several speeds, an efficient pump (a two-speed or variable-speed model) leads to savings of approximately 80% on water filtration costs as compared to a single-speed pump.

The pump is the heart of the pool and can consume up to ten times more electricity than a new refrigerator, so choose it wisely. To maximize your savings, an efficient pump must be ideally suited to the capacity of the filter, the diameter of the inlet and the volume of water to be treated. An oversized pump will lead to an oversized electricity bill!

Two-speed pump

The low speed of a two-speed pump makes it an efficient filter. If you plan to replace your pump or install a new pool, remember that two speeds are better than one for optimal filtration!

Above-ground pool

You could save up to $150 every summer!*

Tips for use:

  • The low-speed mode (which should be used as often as possible, even at all times) is more cost-effective and filters water more slowly without sacrificing quality.
  • The high-speed mode is best when cleaning the pool and when there are a lot of people in the water.

In-ground pool

You could save up to $300 every summer!**

Tips for use:

  • The low-speed mode is more cost-effective and should be used as often as possible.
  • The high-speed mode is recommended for approximately 12 hours/day, during cleaning and when there are a lot of people in the pool. It may need to run for longer periods depending on the characteristics of the water distribution system.

Recommendations:

  • Choose a model that can be programmed to operate at each speed for set periods in order to facilitate use and maximize savings.
  • Select an ENERGY STAR® certified model.

Benefits

  • In the first summer, your savings as compared to a single-speed pump will allow you to recoup the difference in purchase price.
  • At low speed, the pump motor is quieter.
  • Programmable models are easier to use.

Note

  • Ask your pool retailer whether the pump is compatible with your setup (chlorinator, ionizer, ozonizer, heater, etc.). An expert can also give you personalized tips.

Variable-speed pump

A variable-speed pump optimizes water filtration in an in-ground pool since it runs at the speed that is best adapted to the pool's specific configuration, has several speed options and is programmable.

Savings:

  • Save up to $350 every summer!*

Benefits:

  • Versatile and adaptable to your pool.
  • Very quiet.
  • Longer service life than other pumps .
  • In less than three summers, the savings as compared to a single-speed model will allow you to recoup the difference in purchase price.

Note:

  • Ask your pool retailer whether the pump is compatible with your setup.
  • When it comes time to install your variable-speed pump, call upon the services of an expert, who can give you personalized tips.

* Calculation basis:

* Energy consumption and savings depend on installation features and how long pump runs at different speeds. Amounts based on electricity price of 8.28¢/kWh. All values based on pool type and size shown and these assumptions.

** All values based on pump/single-speed motor combination with typical load loss and input power of 1,312 W. Two-speed pump/motor combination with reduced load loss and input power of 323 W at low speed (1,725 rpm) and 1,390 W at high speed (3,450 rpm) used five months a year; single-speed pump running 24 hours a day and two-speed pump running an average of 23 hours a day at low speed and 1 hour a day at high speed; unheated pool.

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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