Get a Cool $100 Rebate
SMUD is offering $100 rebates on energy-saving Variable Speed Pumps now through December 31st, 2014 or until the funds are used up. PG&E is offering similar rebates until December 31st, 2014, provided funding is still available. Take advantage of this opportunity to save even more by replacing your energy-wasting pump with a efficient new Variable Speed Pump.
How much can you save by replacing your pump? SMUD’s pool and spa rebate webpage offers this real-world example:
Pool No. 1, the traditional approach: $51.90 per month
This 25,000 gallon pool has a normal 1.5 horsepower pool pump. It runs eight hours per day. It pumps about 80 gallons per minute, which means that it circulates 38,400 gallons each day. The pump draws 9.0 amps at 240 volts. At a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, that translates to a cost of $1.73 per day or $51.90 per month to operate the pool.
Pool No. 2, the multi-speed approach: $19.50 per month
This 25,000 gallon pool has a multi-speed 1.5 horsepower pool pump. It runs 12 hours per day in low speed. In low speed it pumps about 40 gallons per minute, which means that it circulates 28,800 gallons each day. (Remember that the pool only needs to turn the water over once each day). The pump draws 2.25 amps at 240 volts in low speed. At a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, that translates to a cost of $0.65 per day or $19.50 per month to operate the pool.