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Traditional Single and Two Speed Pumps Consume Surprising Amounts of Energy

Pool pumps that use conventional, old-style induction motors have a major drawback.  They operate at just one or two speeds, and they’re almost never the right speed for efficient operation.  Pool owners are often surprised by how much energy a conventional pool pump can consume.  In fact, a typical single speed pump can consume three times as much energy as all other major home appliances combined.

Annual Energy Used (kWh per year)

Refrigerator

500 kWh

Clothes Washer

211 kWh

Dishwasher

309 kWh

Single Speed Pool Pump

3,285 kWh

 

Source: US Federal Trade Commission – www.ftc.gov/energy

 

Remarkable Energy Savings

Compared to single speed pumps, the groundbreaking efficiency of variable speed pumps creates startling energy savings.  As shown, the savings in the first year of ownership are remarkable, and when projected over five years are virtually impossible to ignore.

Energy Cost per Kwh $0.16

Savings per Year

Up to $1,500

Savings After Five Years

Up to $7,500

Energy Cost per Kwh $0.20

Savings per Year

Up to $1,800

Savings After Five Years

Up to $9,000

Energy Cost per Kwh $0.30

Savings per Year

Up to $2,700

Savings After Five Years

Up to $13,500

Savings based on variable speed pump compared to single speed pump running 12 hours a day in a 20,000 gallon pool.

Other Benefits of Lower Pump Speeds

When water moves more slowly for longer periods, it helps reduce the occurrence of algae that forms more easily when water is pumped more briskly and then allowed to rest for long intervals.  Filters work more effectively because they have more time to sift our particles from the water, and because particles aren’t forced through the filter media under needlessly high pressure.  Automatic chemical dispensers and chlorinators also work better when water is kept moving.

Significantly Quieter Operation

Variable speed pumps are significantly quieter than single speed pumps, partly because they operate at lower speeds.  Contributing to its ultra-quiet operation is a TEFC (totally enclosed fan-cooled) motor design.  Similar to hybrid cars, it uses a permanent magnet motor that minimizes heat and vibration to extend motor and pump life.

Vacuum Cleaner

90 dB

Conventional Single Speed Pool Pump

67 dB

Moderate Rainfall

50 dB

Variable Speed Pool Pump

45 dB

Learn More about the Benefits of Variable Speed Pump Technology

Hawaiian Pools and Landscape can help you understand more about how variable speed pump technology can help you achieve remarkable energy savings for your present or planned pool environment.  Why not get started on the road to greater efficiency today?

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