From July 2017 many swimming pool owners are experiencing an astonishing 30% or more increase in the price of electricity required to filter and chlorinate their pools and are now looking to adding solar PV panels to reduce these new costs. Will solar PV panels help? Not necessarily. Adding solar panels to a home with pool, will certainly reduce the amount of energy you will need to purchase from the Grid, but it will also likely force you to use more expensive Grid energy, actually putting your bills up. The reason for this apparent contradiction is the weather. This blog explains why it happens, how you can avoid the problem and how you can save dollars.
July 24th, 2017Read More
A pool sweep or robot makes a pool much easier to manage and keep clean. You can hand vacuum the pool, brush the bottom or flail away with a net, but it is quite a chore. If you want a clean, automated pool, we would strongly recommend an automated pool sweep.
July 10th, 2017Read More
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, 2017Read More
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, 2017Read More
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, 2017Read More
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.
September 14th, 2017Read More
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, 2017Read More
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, 2017Read More
1) How do you want to use the pool? It sounds simplistic, but you really do need to answer this carefully as it affects many aspects of your pool. If…
August 22nd, 2017Read More
Turning off your Pool Equipment in Winter? Don’t! It will it cost you more than any savings on electricity.
The operating time of pool equipment required to maintain pool water in a good quality state can be reduced in winter as biological activity declines with the decline in water…
July 3rd, 2018Read More
There are many myths surrounding the effects of swimming pools on hair – especially blonde hair. It’s not surprising as the great majority of pools do not have sensors to…
August 30th, 2019Read More
An amazing amount! The pool is usually the largest single ‘appliance’ in a house and it uses about 40% of the total electricity of an average pool and house.
July 4th, 2017Read More