How Greener Options Can Save You Money
The Green Revolution…
It’s real, it’s big and it’s growing!
“72% of Americans report they would pay more for environmentally-friendly products that save money in the long term.” (2007 Cone Consumer Environmental Survey)
Not long ago, the “Green Movement” was a lot of talk and little action. Being green was nice, but not if it cost extra. Most things green were either more expensive, lower quality, or less appealing by one definition or another. Times have changed clearly.
- New Variable Speed Pumps can save thousands of dollars a year. A properly installed smaller pump working longer hours per day can save you a lot of money.
- Pool Lights that are LED (Light Emitting Diodes) can also save a lot of money.
- LED light life is 30,000+ hours versus 5,000 hours from a halogen pool light.
- Cool running, not hot.
- If a few LEDs fail, the light still works.
- LED lights use about 70 watts of power versus a 500 watt incandescent bulb for the same light output.
- Saltwater systems (Chlorine Generators). Are incredibly green and full of savings.
- Being smart about water chemistry:
- Mineral content for saltwater pools must be balanced weekly to produce chlorine. This will prolong your solenoid life and reduce corrosion.
- Using specially formulated enzymes can save you money on chlorine and are environmentally friendly. Chlorine has two main jobs. The first is to disinfect the water, and the second is to break down waste introduced by humans. Enzymes will do the job of breaking down the waste thus allowing the chlorine to do its main job of water disinfection. Enzymes are a cost-effective way of making your chlorine last longer.
- Using a phosphate regimen can save money as well as keep algae out of your pool. Only a small amount is needed to keep water free from contaminants.
SaltWater Systems (aka: Chlorine Generators)
Saltwater systems have been around for over 30 years, yet people think they are a new wonderful product. Most people are surprised to learn that their saltwater system is actually a chlorine generating machine (it actually makes chlorine). Much of the industry is scrambling to re-introduce saltwater systems as chlorinators.
Unfortunately many builders and sales people were not entirely correct when describing saltwater systems a few years ago. Now most people interested in buying them or those who already own them will fight to the death to say they don’t use chlorine anymore but use only use salt. This is not true.
How it works:
The new saline water is sanitized through the process of electrolysis. This electrolytic cell, through the use of small electric currents (solenoid) breaks the water into its basic elements, hydrogen and oxygen (H₂O). By adding small amounts of salt Hypochloric Acid (Cl), chlorine is produced. These units depending on their size can produce up to 1.5 gal of pure chlorine in a 24-hour period of time.
- No harsh chemicals
- No storage of hazardous materials
- No more odor, stinging eyes, irritated skin and bleached out swimsuits
- Safer for your family
- Huge savings over conventional chlorine (price goes up every year; this year’s increase is 38%)
- It feels great
Environmentally Friendly (Green):
- Less chlorine needs to be produced at plants. This reduces emissions and energy from production, transportation and packaging.
- You no longer need to buy, transport, store, or handle chlorine products. This reduces spills or accidental exposure and eliminates cost.
- Because this chlorine is pure there is no odor, or the sting and skin irritation caused by additives in packaged chlorine.
Do we really need to close down our pool?
Although most winters in Middle Tennessee are mild, only a few days of temperatures below freezing could put you at risk for damage to your pipes. In addition, other factors to consider are:
- Because pools get very dirty, you will need to keep the system operating.
- Operating your system will cause wear and tear on your pump and filtering systems, necessitating ongoing service.
- Chemicals will have to be added.
- Your service company will have to check the system, clean, and backwash.
When is the right time to winterize a pool?
Ideally, the best time to winterize is as late as possible. The reason is that when the water is warm (above 65 degrees), algae can form. If the closing is done too early and the system is shut down, it is possible to create a warm-water greenhouse effect by locking in algae. In the spring, it will take longer to clear the algae and will cost more in chemicals. Opening the pool as soon as possible will help reduce the algae by getting the chemicals working and circulating in the pool.
Pool Safety Covers
A good-quality safety cover that blocks out the light and keeps chemicals in can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the cover.
For almost 30 years, Certified Pools has offered and backed a manufacturer of pool covers that we consider to be the best in craftsmanship, reliability, and technology while being a cost-saving option in maintaining a clean, enjoyable pool. You can choose a quality pool cover from the following models:
- Mycolite: Lightweight mesh allows water to drain from the surface of the cover so leaves dry and blow away. They are low maintenance, come in many colors, and are cost effective.
- Rugged Mesh: Quality performance from a mesh cover weighing almost 50% less than a typical solid safety cover. The special weave allows water to drain from the surface while filtering out particles.
- Permaguard: A solid pool cover that provides the maximum protection to help ensure clean pool openings.
All these covers have a 12-year warranty on them and are the way to ensure safety and cleaner spring openings. We're so confident in these covers that we're offering a 20% discount to our customers.
The Most Important Water Tests: TA (Total Alkalinity) & PH (Chemical Factor)
Although some may think of pool maintenance as simply adding a sanitizer, adjusting the PH, and running the filter, there is much more involved in creating a clean, safe environment.
The basic factors of pool water care fall into three main areas:
- Chemical Factors (Scale & Corrosion)
- Physical Factors (Filtration & Circulation)
- Biological Factors ( Disinfection & Algae Control)
Total Alkalinity (TA): TA refers to the ability of the pool water to resist a change in PH. The key purpose TA serves is to help manage or control the PH in the pool. It acts as a buffer so that when materials are added to the pool that might cause the PH level to fluctuate, it is maintained at its correct level. Total alkalinity is measured in parts per million (PPM). When the value level is incorrect, the pool water will become cloudy and scale may form.
PH is the term used to refer to the degree of activity of acid or base in the water and is the most important chemical factor in pools. If the PH is too low, the water becomes corrosive. This corrosiveness leads to etching of plaster and metal in equipment such as heat exchangers. It also makes it difficult to keep proper chlorine levels in the pool.
These two factors are the most important in maintaining good water quality. Together they control the use of chlorine and play their role in balanced water chemistry.