Swimming pools can account for up to 20 percent of the energy a residence consumes. Single and multifamily residential customers who replace older, inefficient pool pumps with qualifying energy-efficient products can achieve significant savings on operating costs and are eligible for up to a $100 rebate from PG&E. Upgrading to variable-speed pumps that can be adjusted to the most appropriate speed can save you money and energy and help to protect the environment.
More information on the multifamily program.
How can I save money with a new pool filtration pump?
Today pool filtration pumps are available with motors that have a variety of speeds. Variable-speed pumps give you the option to pump at very low speeds during filtration and to operate the water features, cleaning equipment or solar heating at the optimum speeds to conserve energy. Remember that the faster you filter your pool, the more energy you use. Filter slowly and for a longer period per day and you can save approximately half of your current monthly pool electric cost.
Why does slowing the water down reduce pumping costs?
When your variable-speed pump is set to operate at a lower speed, the water moves slower through the piping system, thereby reducing friction. Lower friction decreases the system back pressure and as a result, the pump motor works less. Remember that the faster you filter your pool, the more energy you will use. If you cut your filtration flow or the pump speed in half and pump twice as long you will save about 50% of your current monthly pool filtration cost.
Variable–speed pumps give customers the option to pump at very low speeds to conserve energy or higher speeds to operate water features, cleaning equipment or solar heating. PG&E's incentive program helps pool pump professionals receive incentives when they help customers install energy efficient pumps at their residences.
To join, follow these steps:
Pool professionals may contact us with questions at 1-415-973-0806 or via email at email@example.com.
Effective August 9, 2009, California Energy Commission's Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards, Section 1605.3 (g)(5) require residential single family pool pumps to be operated by a programmable controller capable of switching speeds automatically and defaulting to the low-speed setting after 24 hours if manual high-speed override is present.
Funding is limited, so apply now. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted. Payment of rebates is not guaranteed as funds are limited, and amounts and offerings are also subject to change.
If you have any questions, please contact PG&E’s Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555.