The Department of Energy just released the 2021 Variable Speed Pump Law and here’s what it means for pool owners. Hint: You could say some major money.
What the Pump
Starting July 19th, 2021, all new or replacement dedicated pool pumps will need to meet a minimum energy conservation requirement. If not, you could be hit with possible penalties, including fines. But don’t worry, we’ve got all the information on how to stay in the DOE’s good graces.
When thinking about the major appliances you run daily, heaters and A/C is pretty obvious. A not-so-obvious culprit? Your pool pump. It can run every day, maybe even hours at a time, so making it energy-efficient is a must. Here’s how to make it as efficient as possible:
- Determine if it’s large or small
- Large = 1 horsepower or greater
- Small = ½ or ¾ horsepower
If you have a variable speed pump, you’re in luck. These fall into the “large” category of pumps and happen to be the only type that meets the minimum performance requirements. Unfortunately, this means that most single-speed pumps don’t meet the new requirements.
Learn the Requirements
But first, here are some basic terms:
- Hydraulic Horsepower (HHP): the measure of the pump’s performance (i.e the amount of water your pump can push out into the pool). This is not the same as the motor’s horsepower.
- Weighted Energy Factor (WEF): a measure of energy efficiency. The higher the WEF, the more efficient the pump.
So, the new law states that any pump with a horsepower less than .711 will yield a lower WEF. And the WEF must now be displayed on your pump.
Monitoring Your WEF
If you know your pool pump’s WEF, you’ll know for sure how efficient it is. A low WEF could lead to a host of problems: poor circulation, decreased water clarity, extra wear and tear, more frequent filter cleanings, and a shorter lifespan for your pump. With your pump’s WEF displayed right on top, you’ll know exactly what’s to blame when any of these issues arise.
Why Variable Speed Pumps Rule
Know that you know the Department of Energy is closely concerned with your pool’s efficiency, we’ve got the solve for you. A variable speed pump is not only compliant with the 2021 Variable Speed Pump Law, offers several other benefits, too:
- The higher efficiency means better circulation and a cleaner pool.
- Because it’s WEF is so high, you can expect lower energy bills. Cha-ching!
- With variable speed options, you can choose a lower setting for a quieter pump.
- With routine maintenance, these pumps are designed to have a long lifespan.
As customers of Kelly’s Pools, we want to make sure your pool pump is up to speed on the latest DOE rules and regulations. Whether it’s a pump upgrade or regularly scheduled maintenance, we’ll be there to get your pool in tip-top shape.
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