3 eco-friendly tips for maintaining a swimming pool
As summer looms, home pools soon will become hotspots for many of us.
Pools, of course, require regular upkeep and maintenance to stay clean, prevent water waste and remain energy efficient.
The average swimming pool naturally loses about 1,000 gallons a month to evaporation, according to the Maui County Department of Water Supply. Another problem arises from the number of leaks that pools often develop from cracks in their foundations, pipe damage, natural disasters and liner tears.
Without the precautionary measures, a swimming pool can become the largest energy user found in one’s home. Here are three eco-friendly tips from water conservation firm WaterSignal to help keep pools in control and keep the environment green.
Check for leaks
According to reports from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2017, there are more than 240,000 water main breaks in the United States every year. An easy way to help measure the amount of water loss in a pool is to add a mark at the water line and check it within 24 hours for major changes. To catch leaks the moment they occur, consider installing a smart water meter monitoring device. Real-time leak alerts and remote monitoring offer peace of mind and can save money through benchmarking and conservation best practices.
Keep it covered
If the pool is only used during summer, keep it covered throughout the remainder of the year. This will help prevent water loss due to evaporation, so gallons of water won’t continuously have to be pumped into it. Additionally, using a pool cover during the active seasons will keep the pool clean and reduce the cost of maintenance.
Those planning to convert a chlorinated pool into an eco-friendly water source, there are other choices to consider, such as saltwater pools and natural swimming pools, known as “living water.” This option mimics the local ecology and requires little maintenance and no chemicals in the water.
Invest in solar heaters
Imagine the thought of swimming all night without having to worry about the electricity bill rising. One of the newest eco-friendly ways to reduce energy waste is to invest in solar heaters. The water is pumped through the filter and passes the solar collectors to heat before it returns to its full cycle. This will keep the pool running efficiently all year long while enjoying the luxury of a swimming pool. Not only will this make the pool eco-friendly, it will save money for the years to come.