Swimming Pool

Make your pool more energy efficient by:

  • Experimenting with pump and filtration times to eco-optimise your pool’s maintenance regime
  • Replacing old pumps with the most energy efficient pumps available
  • If you use pool heating, investigating options with the lowest ongoing running costs and greenhouse gas emissions, such as solar heating or heat pumps
  • Installing a pool cover to save water, energy and maintenance
  • Installing a rainwater tank to top-up the pool, reducing your potable water use
  • Checking around your pool and piping for cracks and leaks and fixing them

More information:

According to the Building Sustainability Index a pool pump adds 17% energy consumption to the average NSW household, using 1,500kWh of power each year. If used all day and night, in the space of a year a typical pool pump can use more electricity than all other household appliances combined. 

Not only does a pool consume a lot of energy, a pool can also increase water consumption in the average NSW household by as much as 10%. The average domestic pool in NSW is approximately 45,000L and requires a similar volume of water every two years to keep this full, due to evaporation, splash and backwash factors.