Green Pools Really Can Be Fun - And Smart!
Swimming pool and spa products that save energy and are kinder to our environment.
PENTAIR VARIABLE SPEED PUMPS
For Commercial applications there are rebates available from
Tucson Electric Power up to $125.00 per hp depending on size and starting at 3 hp! These
types of pumps can save the residential homeowner from a minimum of 30% of your swimming
pool or spa's monthly electrical costs all the way up to 90% based on how it is programmed
and the operation of pool cleaners, as detailed here:
SOLAR POOL HEATING
- Advanced motor technology can provide a base savings of 30% IntelliFlo and IntelliPro
pumps use an exclusive permanent magnet motor (used in hybrid cars) in place of a
traditional induction motor. Permanent magnet motors are fundamentally more energy
efficient and provide a typical "base energy savings" of 30%.
Onboard intelligence with variable drive can deliver additional savings up to 90%
Variable speed capability, digital controls, and proprietary software that allow
custom programming of optimum pump speeds for specific tasks-filtering, heating,
cleaning, spa jets, waterfalls, etc. The result is additional energy savings...up
to 90% compared to even so-called high efficiency, single-speed, two-speed and
multi-speed pumps that cannot be adjusted.
For virtually all applications, the optimum speed will be lower than the preset,
unchangeable speeds of older pumps. Using slower pump speeds takes advantage of a
fundamental pump law: The slower the water moves through the piping, the more
efficient the energy use. In fact, when pump speeds are reduced by half, energy
consumption is just one-eighth of what was previously used.
Patio Pools & Spas have been installing swimming pool solar heating
systems for over 30 years. In the early 1970's we installed Raypac and Fafco systems.
We were one of the first builders in Southern Arizona to pioneer their successful installation.
Today's solar collectors are even more advanced and durable than ever before plus there are Tax
credits of up to $1,000 per system, available in Arizona!
TOTALLY CHLORINE FREE WATER
Totally chlorine free water sanitation is achievable today
with several technologies. Ecosmarte is the best non salt, non chlorine, chemical free
pool water technology and is the best alternative for chlorine, and salt water pools.
The natural oxygen technology is the 100% chlorine-free alternative for swimming pools
and the best way to have clear pool water. The technology manages and removes minerals
without the use of salt or brine discharge, and the products are easier to use, safer,
and more effective than traditional methods and a salt water pool. Cost effective residential
systems are available in limited supply.
ULTRA VIOLET WATER SANITATION
Helps control bacteria, algae and other microorganisms from
forming in the water with the use of shortwave ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet water purification
allows the user to substantially reduce the chlorine usage and provides a more pleasant swimming
experience with the reduction of the amount of free chlorine in the pool water. We have installed
commercial units as far back as 1985. Recent innovations have created cost effective residential
systems are available for installation.
Ozone use is becoming more prolific as a booster device that will reduce the requirement
for Chlorine to be used in swimming pools. Pools equipped with ozone units report a 24% to 75%
reduction in chlorine demand. Ozone is short-lived, generally completely depleted within five
minutes of introduction into the pool, but is highly effective in killing all unwanted pathogens
in the water which come in contact with the ozone gas. Ozone is over 1000 times more effective
at oxidizing bather waste than chlorine. The need for additional chemicals such as scale inhibitors,
clarifiers, algaecides and degreasers are reduced substantially or eliminated in some cases and
thus saves money! Overall maintenance time is decreased as well.
POOL FROG© CHLORINE REDUCTION MINERAL WATER SANITATION
POOL FROG© provides a reliable way to
have fresh, clear, clean water in your pool with the use of minerals and a small amount of chlorine
that make the water feel softer. Pools using Frog typically use 50% less chlorine than non-Frog pools.
The pre-filled chlorine containers are recyclable when empty. Additionally, the use of the POOL FROG©
reduces the need to physically touch the sanitizing chlorine product; it allows the user to set a
dial to determine just the right amount of chlorine sanitizer for use in the pool.
AUTOMATIC POOL COVERS
Many automatic pool covers offer another layer of drowning prevention in addition
to being a "Green" option for your swimming pool. When the cover is on there is zero evaporation of the
pool water and by keeping contaminates out of the pool the cost of chemicals and sanitizers is drastically
reduced. Additionally, burn off of chemicals is reduced allowing for a decrease in the amount of chemicals
added to the pool as well as frequency. Here you can find more information as well as
charts showing various energy savings potentials.
EVAPORATION AND SOLAR RETENTION COVERS
In addition to offering energy savings, pool covers can also
conserve water that would typically be loss as a result of evaporation, reduce chemical usage and
also help to keep excessive debris out of the water. They also extend the swim season and work to
increase pool solar heating gain applicable solar collectors.
"WATER MISER" FILTRATION SYSTEMS
These filtration systems use only 250 gallons a year to be cleaned.
Water saving filtration systems were pioneered by Patio Pools during the original Beat The Peak
campaign in 1974. Massive oversized cartridge filtration was then launched in Tucson by Patio Pools
in 1984 which uses even less water for filter cleanings than the technology we introduced in 1974.
Modular Media filtration by StaRite, a further advancement in oversized cartridge technology, was
introduced by Patio in 1992. Today with water "harvesting" becoming more acceptable, hybrid filtration
technologies are also being introduced. Sand filtration connected to water harvesting systems are
options for residential and commercial pools. Contact us for more information. Today there
are many alternatives available to allow the use of pool water in a secondary capacity such as backwash
water harvesting for irrigation systems. Additionally, the use of hydraulically balanced/oversized
recirculation systems, modular media backwash water reducing filtration systems as well as nano filtration
all offer alternative methods for draining a pool.
We would be remised if we did not also take the time to point out some technology to steer clear of for
the most sustainable "Green" pool system.
The grade of DE used in a swimming pool is known to cause silicosis and is a suspected
carcinogen; in the State of California it is classified as a known carcinogen, as seen
Salt water pools are on the far edge of sustainability. Yes, you do not need to buy
and store chlorine products to sanitize your pool as the salt water cell splits the chlorine from the
salt (Sodium Chloride) prior to entering into the pool water. You are still swimming in a chlorine pool
albeit one with the reputation of feeling softer on the skin verses a pool maintained in the traditional
chlorine manner. But if you are looking to have a "green" sustainable pool environment, you will want to
know that the biggest draw back is the water in your pool (with salinity levels over 2500 ppm) can not be
used on any landscape plants. Additionally, in the event of a severe water shortage, normal pool water
can be filtered through a simple back packers' filter, like a Sawyer unit or a ceramic unit and consumed.
In a salt water pool you cannot filter out the salt except with reverse osmosis, a small desalination or
a distillation process.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the various options available please contact us.