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  1. Not very long ago, private swimming pools belonged to the domain of the wealthy; until the middle of the last century, they were out of reach of the average citizen. Today, approximately eight million American homes display this amenity. As more and more homeowners throughout the country find swimming pools an affordable and attractive addition to their lives, another trend is developing. Recognizing the vital importance of conservation to the health of our planet, individuals are making eco-conscious decisions when implementing pools in their homes. Read on to see some of the ways they do this. Sun Power Solar energy is capable of more than heating your home and providing electrical power. Solar panels can warm pool water and fuel equipment. A solar swimming pool cover is an option for those whose budgets do not allow a full-fledged system: it keeps water debris-free and heats it at the same time. You can even harness the power of the sun to help keep your private swimming hole bacteria-free: ozone sterilization systems transform oxygen into germ-killing ozone. The Right Equipment Devices like variable speed pumps and in-floor cleaning systems are big energy savers. The former efficiently circulates the water, and the latter performs this task while keeping your pool clean and distributing heat from solar panels. And since equipment need not be running constantly, especially during cooler months, timers are essential. A smartphone or computer application enables you to run pool apparatus from anywhere, eliminating its energy-draining use when not needed. Your family members can start up the equipment remotely so the pool will be ready when you are. Salt water Oceans have a built-in mechanism to keep algae and bacteria at bay: salt water systems. In recent years, pool owners have been utilizing saline to achieve the same result. A chlorine generator cell transforms ordinary table salt into chlorine, which reverts back into its original, non-polluting form. Owners of traditional pools can easily make the switch to saline, and using less costly salt instead of chemicals helps offset the initial expense. Maintenance is simple: clean the chlorine cell annually and add salt to the water every month. The benefits go beyond keeping your pool bacteria- and algae-free: swimmers are more buoyant in salt water (making water exercise even more pleasant), there is no chlorine to irritate eyes, and skin remains soft rather than becoming prune-like. Natural Swimming Imagine a pond in your back yard. Natural pools feature sides that slope and a variety of plants that are more than pleasing to the eyes. Greenery like sphagnum moss removes bacteria from the water and can be used for compost. (It works so well that the University of Maryland uses it in indoor pools.) Plants infuse the water with oxygen, promote healthy bacteria that take care of debris and undesirable organisms, and provide a habitat for water wildlife. Use local varieties—they need less water and maintenance—as a windbreak to limit water evaporation. Be sure to place filtering plants away from the swimming area and all greenery where they will not shed into the pool. Starting natural pools is costly but, once they are fully functional, these ponds are virtually maintenance-free and require no chemicals to keep the water clean. And no matter what type of pool graces your domain, rainwater can be used to top it off as needed. It takes only a little effort to create an oasis that is more than refreshing and a source of beneficial exercise. An eco-friendly pool saves money, reduces water use, conserves energy, and creates a home for local wildlife. It’s a win-win situation for you, your family, your community, and our planet.
  2. Tips for Eco Friendly Pools

    Tips for Eco Friendly Pools Maintaining a pool can be costly because of the huge energy requirement to keep it clean. Fortunately, there are certain steps and improvements that you can do to lessen this cost and make your pool become more eco-friendly. By eco-friendly, this means that you would be reducing water and energy wastes, which are both important and limited resources. With the following tips, you will be hitting two birds with one stone. You will be helping the environment, as well as reduce your maintenance cost. Replace Your Pump Check if the pump that you are currently using is designed exactly for your pool size. Many pool owners are unknowingly using bigger pumps than what they actually need, thus increasing their energy consumptions. Have an expert check your pool so that he can calculate the right type of pump that you need . When shopping for a new pump, you should also consider the efficiency of the equipment to avoid wasting energy while running it for several hours a day. Cover Your Pool Pool covers will prevent water evaporation therefore reducing the number of times you need to refill your pool with fresh water. Covers will also help keep the water warm, so that you no longer need to keep the heater running for long if you want to swim during the cold months. Another benefit you can get from covering your pool is that it will prevent falling leaves and dirt from going directly to the water. As a result, you no longer need to use too much chemicals to keep your pool water sanitized. Improve the Landscape Adding plants around your pool is a good way to improve its appearance, while at the same time helping the environment. The more plants and trees you have around your pool and your home, the cleaner the air would be in your surroundings. While at it, try installing glass pool fences for pool safety too. This will keep kids from wandering into your pool unattended and it will keep stray animals from contaminating your pool as well. Get a Robotic Pool Cleaner This machine will skim the pool water continuously to remove solid wastes that have fallen in your pool. In doing so, it will significantly reduce the amount of waste that your pool filter has to process. When the dirt load is lessened, you can save on energy used in circulating the water for filtration and you can also save on the usage of chemical disinfectants. Nowadays, there are solar – powered pool cleaners available in the market. It uses free energy from the sun, so you do not have to worry about additional costs in operating it. Use a Pump Timer Many of you probably are guilty of leaving your pump running for longer hours than necessary because you were busy doing other things and forgot to turn it off. A pump timer will let you schedule the time when the pump should start running and when it should stop. If you have it in place, you can do other chores and still be assured that you are not wasting unnecessary energy while cleaning your pool. If you happen to live in an area where your utility company offers off- peak rates, you can even schedule your water circulation during these off-peak hours to save on energy costs.