Tips for environmentally responsible pool and hot tub use

Did you know that your pool or hot tub can account for up to 70% of your summer electricity bill?

Answer the questions below to find out about good habits and energy efficient products that can help reduce your electricity use.

Do you know how much electricity your pool or hot tub uses?

Find out with our Pool consumption calculator.

Save money by making your pool more energy efficient: adopt good habits and use energy-efficient products.

See our tips and advice to help you save

Save money by making your pool more energy efficient: adopt good habits and use energy-efficient products.

Install a timer to optimize the use of your single-speed pump. You can save up to 45% on filtration costs without sacrificing water quality.

  • Ask your retailer which timer is best for your pool.
  • If you choose an electronic timer, make it will keep your settings, especially in the event of a power failure.

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

  • Use a solar pool cover, especially overnight and even in warm weather.
  • Place the cover bubble-side down, in contact with the water, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Use a reel for easier handling.

An efficient pump can help you save up to 80% on your pool filtration costs.

  • Choose a two-speed pump that can be programmed to operate at low and high speed. It’s easy to use and maximizes savings.
  • Choose an ENERGY STAR® certified model.
  • Ask your pool retailer whether the type of pump you’ve chosen is compatible with your setup (chlorinator, salt-water system, ionizer, ozonizer, heater, etc.).

Save up to 75% on water heating costs with a heat pump: your best water heating option to make pool season last a little longer.

  • Save up to 25% on your water heating costs by lowering the thermostat on your heat pump by just two degrees.
  • Install your heat pump in a location where there’s good fresh air intake.
  • Place a protective covering over your heat pump in the winter.

Find out with our Spa consumption calculator.

Save your energy for enjoying your hot tub: use it wisely and lower your electricity bill.

See our tips and advice to help you save

Did you know that using your hot tub can cost over $500 a year? Consider shutting it down during the winter if you don’t plan on using it: you’ll save over $250.

Source: Hydro-Québec’s tools to calculate consumption

Tips and advice

  • To reduce your hot tub’s electricity consumption, set the thermostat to standby mode if you don’t plan on using it for a while.
  • Put the cover back on after each use to retain heat.
  • Choose a hot tub with better insulation and two separate pumps, including a model with more than one speed.
  • Chose a rigid, well-insulated cover to avoid heat loss and reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the water.
  • Ensure your hot tub is sheltered from strong winds and the elements.

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Where can you find energy-efficient pool products?

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

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

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