Fighting Climate Change: How To Be More Eco Friendly This Summer
The words “eco-friendly” and “pool” aren’t typically associated with one another. You need to fill a pool up (and refill it periodically), add harsh chemicals to the water, and use electricity to run the pump.
With the weather warming up, though, the thought of swimming in a pool in your Dallas backyard is quite tempting. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up your green living principles to have (and use) a pool. Here are seven tips to help you keep yours eco-friendly.
Speak with Your Builder
If you’re considering having a pool built in your backyard, use the opportunity to speak with your builder about eco-friendly options especially if you live in an exceptionally warm state like Texas. Many people are considering natural pools, which use plants to keep the water clean. Other options to consider when discussing pool designs Dallas or Houston contractors can help you include:
- LED or solar lights.
- Variable speed pumps (and pump timers).
- Ultraviolet (UV) pool cleaning systems.
- Maintaining a saltwater pool.
- Cleaning chemicals that use less chlorine.
Use a Cover
Your pool loses water daily due to evaporation. Over time, the water level drops, leading you to refill it. It’s a vicious cycle that involves a significant amount of water use and waste.
Rather than refill your pool periodically, put a cover over it when it’s not in use. Doing so prevents evaporation, saving you water and money.
Put Up a Windbreak
Did you know that wind can speed up the evaporation process? It can also cool the water down, making it too cold for comfort. To slow evaporation and keep the temperature where you want it, put up a windbreak.
Windbreaks can take many forms. A fence is one of the most common solutions. As an alternative, you can put up a screen or lattice. For the most eco-friendly, alternative, plant some shrubs around your pool. Not only will they protect your pool, but they’ll look great, too.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels have grown in popularity as an alternative energy source for homes. Did you know that they can also be used to run your pool? The energy produced by the panels can help to heat the water or run the pump, meaning that you waste less energy and you save money on your electricity bills each month. You also don’t need to have solar panels installed on your home already to have solar for your pool.
Keep Your Filters Clean
Dirty filters cause your pool’s pump to work harder and more frequently. Any cleaning agents you have in your pool become less effective.
You need to keep your filters clean. You should also take a look at the type of filters you have. Sand and diatomaceous earth (DE) filters require backwashing to clean. The process can waste a lot of water. Cartridge filters, on the other hand, only need to be quickly hosed off a couple of times a year. If you don’t already have them, consider switching to cartridge filters.
Check for Leaks
Even small leaks can cause significant water loss over time. They can also get worse as time goes on, which can lead to structural problems and expensive repairs. As soon as you notice a leak, get it repaired. The sooner you do, the less water you’ll waste, and the more money you’ll save.
Keep It Full All Year
Many pool owners drain their pools for the winter, leaving them to have to refill it in the spring. That’s a lot of water used every year, considering the average capacity is between 10,000 and 25,000 gallons.
The only time you should have to drain your pool completely is if black algae growth is out of control. Believe it or not, draining it for the winter can actually do more harm than good. The liner can dry and crack, leading to issues when you do go to refill it. To stay eco-friendly, leave your pool full all year and just cover it for the winter.
With these tips, you can maintain your green lifestyle and still get to enjoy your pool this summer!