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What causes my pool to go green?

What causes a green pool? The green colour is algae, which contains the green pigment chlorphyll. The more algae in the water the greener your pool. Algae growth is normally prevented…

August 17th, 2015

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What affects the temperature of my pool water?

One of the really unique aspects of our business is that we’re automatically harvesting large amounts of data on swimming pools, regularly and reliably. One of these data points is water temperature. Using a large enough group of pools to be statistically meaningful I’ve looked at water temperature with some surprising results. For each of the graphs below – click on the image for a higher resolution version if you want a closer look.

March 31st, 2016

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Want to extend the swimming season beyond the summer months? Here’s tips on recommended pool heating solutions

When you heat your swimming pool not only do you need to choose the most appropriate type of heater to match your needs, you should also think about how the heater will be connected to your pool and the other equipment. Some heating types dictate the plumbing method and others you have a choice. For the same heater and the same heat output, the plumbing method can have significant effects on your energy consumption, your power bills, and the ease of operation. We’ll walk through each possible configuration and look at their pros and cons.

September 4th, 2017

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The new smart tech to maintain your swimming pool

Pool owners know how time-consuming maintenance can be – testing the water with a pH stick, adding chemicals like chlorine (volumes of which were often based on guesswork), fiddling with the pumps, and sometimes ending up with algae despite your best efforts.

September 28th, 2017

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Sydney swimming pools slugged with up to 53 percent electricity price increases from 3 July 2017

Australia has an estimated 1.4 million swimming pools with a total electricity consumption equal to around half of the State of Victoria. With the recent retirement of Victoria’s massive Hazelwood Power Station, coming soon after the retirement of another 8 power stations, more than 90% of NSW pool owners will face operating cost increases of up to 20.2% to 52.6%, with the majority over 30%.

July 10th, 2017

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Swimming pools, grid backup and renewable energy

The electricity grid is increasingly challenged.  Pooled Energy helps stabilize the grid and reduce greenhouse emissions The Australian Electricity Market Operator (AEMO) has just released their review of the electricity…

June 25th, 2018

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Do you own a pool? Are you considering going off the grid and using a home battery storage solution?

If you are living in an average house in Sydney and considering going totally off-grid with batteries, you are likely to find that it is neither practical nor economical. There are three reasons for this. Firstly, the technology of batteries is not yet sufficiently developed. Secondly, the weather. Thirdly, you probably don’t have a big enough roof. This article is intended to show how you can calculate the situation for your own circumstances.

August 3rd, 2017

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Choosing a pool heater? What are the relative performances of Solar, Gas, Electric Pool Heaters?

In pool heaters, size and type matter a great deal. There are 4 basic types: Solar, Gas, Heat Pumps and Direct Electric Heaters. It is almost always better to get a larger pool heater than you think you need. The reason is that it is faster and loses less heat during the heating stage, while requiring less water pumping. Overall, large pool heaters tend to require less energy than small ones and are more convenient.

July 17th, 2017

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Case Study: Pooled Energy’s Automation System Reduces a Pool’s Big Energy Bills

If you’re one of the 1.4 million Australians with a pool in their backyard, did you know that a pool uses up to 30% of your total energy costs every year? In the case of this Sydney sider, the pool consumed in excess of 40% of their entire electricity bill. With the Pooled Energy system, this pool’s energy consumption has dropped to approximately 14%. Pooled Energy – has found a smarter solution designed to save pool owners significant energy, chemicals, time and money. It also keeps pools cleaner and healthier for longer.

June 19th, 2017

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The Pros and Cons of Swimming Pool Covers

Just over 10% of the pools we look after have covers. The most common objection from people we speak to is that they either don’t like the look of them or don’t have space on their pool deck for the roller. You can see from our analysis of swimming pool water temperature they offer a significant temperature gain – more on average than heaters often provide. Let’s have a closer look at the pros and cons of swimming pool covers.

April 4th, 2016

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