Make a splash in electricity savings Saint John NB
Make a splash in electricity savings
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(NC)-Do you live in one of the 45,000 Ontario homes with an above-ground electrically heated or unheated pool and/or spa? Did you know that you can save money and benefit the environment by using a timer for your pool pump?
Every summer, Ontarians across the province look forward to splashing around in their backyard swimming pools to have fun and cool down. What many owners don't know is that their above-ground pools use a significant amount of energy that adds to the strain on Ontario's power grid between the peak hours of noon and 8 p.m. The California Swimming Pool Industry Energy Conservation Task Force recommends to "reduce filter operating times to no less than four to five hours per day during the summer" and that "normal and heavier swimming use" of pools "may require as much as eight or more hours filtration per day". While it's hard for pool owners to remember to turn the pool pump on and off, a properly set pool timer can make it easy for pool owners to reduce their electricity consumption, save money and benefit the environment. Forty-one percent of above-ground pool owners say they don't use timers. However, fifty-five percent say they do use a timer, but may not be setting it to maximize energy efficiency or avoid peak electricity usage periods.
"We're encouraging Ontario residents with above-ground electrically heated or unheated pools to install a pool timer," says Kathryn Quail, program manager at the Ontario Power Authority. "As a province, we use the most electricity in the summer, with peak demand between noon and 8 p.m. The 45,000 above-ground pools contribute significantly to this peak demand. If we can get everyone running their pool pumps between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. it will help them save money, benefit the environment and the electricity system."
Pool timers should be installed only with above-ground pools that are electrically heated or unheated. They should not be installed on gas heated pools due to the risk of damage to pool equipment. For safety, the timer should be plugged directly into an electricity outlet with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) located a minimum of three metres away from the pool. If you have a professionally-installed pool and you would like to set up a timer, please contact your pool installation technician.
Information about pool timer rebates is available online at www.everykilowattcounts.com.