Keep Cool and Save Energy In and Out of the Pool

Energy Efficiency Tips from NYSERDA for Pool Pumps and Ceiling Fans

May 17, 2012

With summer approaching and swimming pools opening later this month, homeowners will soon be looking for ways to cool down. Whether you’re inside or outside, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers these practical tips to save energy for two popular summertime cooling choices—pools and ceiling fans.

Pool Pumps

  • Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. If you own a pool, you know it consumes a lot of energy. If you’re using a standard single-speed pool pump to circulate clean, clear water, you can cut your energy use in half by upgrading to an energy-efficient, two-speed or variable-speed pump. Two-speed and variable-speed pumps are also more durable and offer better performance and water filtration.
  • Customize your pumps. Save even more with a programmable, variable-speed pool pump that allows custom programming to adjust the operating speed for each function. Buying variable-speed pool pumps can save hundreds in energy costs and are more efficient than standard pool pumps.
  • Size matters. The size of your pool pump matters. It costs less to run a pump with a smaller motor for a longer period of time, so select the right size for your pool. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations on sizing or ask your local pool pump supplier.

Ceiling Fans

  • Think ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans with lights are over 50 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units, saving you $165 in energy costs over the fan's lifetime.
  • Ceiling fan + Summer = Counterclockwise. In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you “feel” cooler. Then in the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space.
  • Turn it off. Turn off the ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fan when you’re not in the room. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 11/26/2014