Building a pool
When building a pool, there are some simple steps you can take that will save you energy and money for years to come.
By considering the placement of your pool in the yard, the size and overall design, you can help reduce building and running costs as well as maintenance time.
Also talk to your electrician about what circuits and appliances you will want around your pool so that these circuits can be wired when the pool goes in. For example, you can have your pool pump connected to an Economy tariff on one circuit to save on running costs and have your lights and water features connected to a continuous supply general usage circuit so that they are available whenever you want them.
By connecting to an Economy tariff, you will help reduce peak demand on the network during peak times (around 4pm-8pm). Your pump will be powered at the discretion of your electricity distributor, usually outside the peak times.
Energy efficient pool pumps can also help you save on pool running costs.
The biggest cost of running your pool is filtration and sanitation to keep your pool water healthy and clean. Filtration and sanitation involves using a pump to circulate pool water. The amount of filtration your pool needs can be influenced by many factors, so it's important to consider the pros and cons of each.
The table below outlines the factors that influence a pool's filtration needs and weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of these considerations.
Pool filtration requirements
|Shading your pool|
|A pool with plenty of cross breezes|
Talk to a professional
It's best to speak to someone at your local pool shop for advice on the best type of pool for your home: concrete (inground) or vinyl-lined/fibre glass (inground/above ground). Each has its own unique properties with regards to chemical use and potentially more use of your pool pump to keep your pool water healthy. Visit the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) for further advice.