Earth Friendly Pools
As it becomes increasingly important to protect the environment we live in, more Dallas pool companies are making the commitment to offer environmentally safe materials and products. Traditional swimming pools are not as eco-friendly as they can be; however, there are many ways to make an older pool more earth-friendly.
Naturally, all new pool builds can be constructed using eco-friendly materials and equipment. All pools, both young and old, can be maintained with environmentally responsible products, supplies and pool system components.
All pool owners should strive to make the conscious decision to choose safer, ‘greener’ versions of yesterday’s swimming pool. Here are a few things you can do to reduce or eliminate the negative effects your pool may have on the environment, including the people who swim in it.
- Switch to salt water sanitation – By replacing your chlorine filter with a salt water system, you’ll need a lot less chemicals to keep your pool water in balance.
- Use an energy efficient variable speed pump – Frequently, pool owners report that they were oversold on their original pool pump. Going without a pool pump isn’t a good idea, because your pool water needs to be circulated to stay clean. However, you will likely be able to find a smaller, more energy efficient pool pump that is right for your pool. Getting the right pump will save you money on your energy bill each month.
- Set up your pool pump and filter to run on a schedule – By using a timer, you’ll ensure that your pool water is being circulated and filtered, and you can feel good about dropping your pool’s overall energy usage even further.
- Cover your pool as much as possible - You may find that you have to add water to your swimming pool on a regular basis. Some of the lost water is due to splash water loss; however much of it is lost due to evaporation in the heat of summer in Dallas! Pool service companies say that keeping a cover on your pool as often as possible will save a staggering amount of water. You’ll find yourself having to ‘top-up’ your pool’s water much less frequently than without a cover. With a cover in place regularly, you’ll also help you further reduce the amounts of chemicals you use.
- Keep up with regular maintenance – Keeping your pool’s systems in tip top shape will cause it to run more efficiently. When the pool is cleaned on a regular schedule, the filter has to work a lot less, saving energy and making less of an impact on the environment.
Make use of rainwater – When a pool’s water level does drop, most pool owners reach for the hose to fill it back up again. A smarter and more eco-friendly option is to utilize rainwater. This can be done by using a rainwater diverter that will send rainwater directly to your pool via piping. Look for a diverter that will filter debris before depositing the water into your pool. Even better – consider investing in a rainwater tank to catch rainwater for you and keep it in reserve for when you need it.