Save Even More with Green Energy Rebates

What Pool Pumps Do

The pool pump’s job is often compared to that of the heart in the circulatory system. Ultimately, the pool pump is responsible for keeping pool water clean. It does this by pushing water through the filters so that they can screen out dirt and debris. Then it pumps the clean water back into the pool. Keeping the water in motion helps prevent stagnation, which breeds the growth of microorganisms.

Pumping Money Away

The costs of running a pool pump are significant — both on a micro and macro level. A typical residential pool can cost up to $500 per year to operate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), pool pumps are often the largest energy consumers in a home.

Nationwide, there are more than 5 million in-ground residential pools. DOE estimates that they consume more than $1 billion in total energy costs. In terms of emissions, they produce 10 million tons of CO2 per year — the equivalent of 1.3 million cars.

Why Variable-speed Pool Pumps are Superior

Pool pumps have “multiple water circulation duties” that require different amounts of energy. As the name indicates, a single-speed pool pump only has one speed, and that speed (~3,500 RPM) is designed to handle the pump’s most intensive duties. The problem is that that rate of speed is not necessary 90% of the time.

A variable-speed pool pump is able to adjust the speed of the motor to meet the demands of the task. It’s able to run at a fraction of the speed of a single-speed pump (~600 RPM). This means that less energy is wasted and less money is spent.

Switching to a variable-speed pool pump can reduce energy usage by up to 75% and save owners up to $350 per year.

Variable-speed pumps have other benefits beyond energy savings. Since they’re slower than single-speed pumps, they run quieter. The low speed allows for longer circulation (which improves filtration) and puts less strain on other pool components.

Find the Best Variable-speed Pool Pump

There are several VS pool pumps that have been certified by the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, which rates energy efficiency. Find the make and model that are right for you using their custom search engine.

Save Huge by Using Rebates

While variable-speed pumps will save you money in the long run, they do require a significant upfront expense. The good news is that you can now recoup your money faster by taking advantage of green energy incentive programs.

PSEG Long Island customers that live on the South Fork of Long Island can receive up to

$950 in combined pool pump rebates

when they install ENERGY STAR variable-speed pool pumps. Learn more about the rebate program and confirm your eligibility here.


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