Eco-Friendly Pool Maintenance: How to Keep Your Pool Green (in a good way!) This Summer

As spring approaches and we look forward to summer and refreshing dips and leisurely swims in our pools, it’s also an excellent time to consider the environmental impact of our pools and associated financial costs.

With a growing emphasis on sustainability, there are numerous ways to maintain your pool in an eco-friendly manner without sacrificing cleanliness or enjoyment, or costing you excessive funds.

In this blog we look at how you can keep your pool green in the best way possible, focusing on energy-saving, money-saving and eco-friendly practices.

Invest in Variable Speed Pumps

Traditional single-speed pool pumps often use more energy than required, running at full power regardless of the task. Variable speed pumps, on the other hand, adjust their speed to the pool’s needs, reducing energy consumption by up to 70%.

Although the initial investment is higher, the savings in energy costs and the reduction in carbon footprint make it a worthwhile eco-friendly upgrade.

Install a Heat Pump System

Heat pumps are an excellent, energy-efficient alternative to traditional pool heating methods, and they’re well-suited to the UK’s climate. Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the air (even when it’s cold) and using it to warm the pool water.

They operate on electricity but are extremely efficient, using a small amount of energy to generate a large amount of heat

Consider Battery-Operated Cleaners

Battery-operated pool cleaners are another innovative solution for eco-conscious pool owners. These cleaners can be charged using solar panels, further reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

They’re particularly useful for smaller pools or spas and are a step forward in making pool maintenance more sustainable.

Explore Alternative Chlorination Systems

Traditional chlorine treatments are effective at keeping pools clean but can have adverse environmental effects due to the production and disposal of chemical products. Saltwater chlorinators, ozone purifiers, and mineral systems offer more eco-friendly sanitisation methods.

These systems reduce the need for chemicals, lower the risk of skin and eye irritation for swimmers, and are gentler on the planet.

  • Saltwater chlorinators convert salt into chlorine, reducing the need for chemical chlorine.
  • Ozone purifiers use ozone gas to kill bacteria and viruses, minimising chlorine use.
  • Mineral systems use minerals like silver and copper for their natural sanitising properties, requiring lower chlorine levels.

Opt for Eco-Friendly Chemical Alternatives

If you’re not ready to completely overhaul your chlorination system, consider incorporating eco-friendly chemical alternatives into your pool maintenance routine. Products like PHMB (polyhexamethylene biguanide) or enzymes can be used to reduce the amount of traditional chlorine needed to keep your pool clean and clear.

Always look for products that are biodegradable and have minimal impact on the environment.

Maintaining an eco-friendly pool is not only beneficial for the environment but can also enhance your swimming experience and potentially save you money in the long run. By investing in energy-efficient equipment, considering alternative chlorination systems, and choosing eco-friendly chemicals, you’re taking significant steps toward a greener, more sustainable pool – and also one cheaper to run.

Talk to us at Spruce Pools about what we can do to help you run a smarter, cleaner and cheaper pool in 2024.