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Green EarthYour swimming pool is probably the last thing you think of when it comes to going green, environmentally that is. But that sparkling oasis in your backyard can be more damaging to our environment than you might think. In our effort to keep pools clean and comfortable we create hazardous waste, pollute our air and waste precious water.

Here are some easy ways you can be a little more environmentally conscious with your pool and save some money while you’re at it.

Buying And Storing Chemicals

When purchasing liquid chemicals (acid or chlorine) I recommend a pool store and not the grocery store-where the chemicals tend to sit  around and lose potency.

Only buy what you plan to use within 2 weeks to ensure you actually use it all. This will help you use less of the chemical as it will be more potent when you need it.

If you find  some old jugs of chemicals laying around make sure to use them, otherwise you will need to take them to a hazardous waste center.

When throwing away empty jugs make sure to thoroughly rinse them out and check with your local recycling company about their guidelines.

Reusable containers for liquid chlorine and muriatic acid are great for the environment and cheaper than the disposable. Requires a $5 deposit which will be refundable anywhere returnable’s are sold.

Water Consumption

Only drain your swimming pool when it is absolutely necessary. Just because your swimming pool is green doesn’t mean it needs to be drained.

Check around your equipment for moisture, leaky equipment is usually an easy fix and should never be put off.

When back-washing your pool filter make sure not to backwash longer than whats needed to remove all the dirt.

Windbreaks such as walls, trees, bushes and water features will prevent breezes from reaching your pool and keep hot, dry air from sucking away moisture.

Energy Consumption

If you need to replace your pump you now have the option to go with Variable Speed Pumps that will calculate and program the minimum flow requirements for every pool task – filtering, heating, cleaning, spa jets, water features and more. This option can typically cut energy use up to 90%, saving up to $1,500 annually.

Pool lights can definitely make a swimming pool more enjoyable at night, but make sure to only use the pool light if you are using the pool.

Next time you need to change your light bulb in your pool, consider swapping out that 400w bulb for a 22w Color Splash™ LED bulb, comes with 9 exotic color modes.This upgrade looks cool and will definitely pay for itself if you enjoy using your pool light.

Make sure not to run your pool pump longer than what is necessary. The rule of thumb here is 1 hour for every 10 degrees, so 8 hours when it’s 80 degrees outside.

Make sure your automatic cleaner is working properly so you’re not running the system longer for desired results.