Don’t splash it – stop your pool leak­ing money

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TIM MCIN­TYRE

RIS­ING en­ergy prices are mak­ing it harder for some Aus­tralians to keep warm in win­ter, but they will also hit the hip pocket when sum­mer rolls around and not just for those with air­con­di­tion­ing.

New re­search by elec­tric­ity re­tailer Pooled En­ergy has re­vealed swim­ming pool op­er­a­tional costs are likely to rise by an av­er­age of 53 per cent thanks to re­cent en­ergy hikes.

This is sig­nif­i­cant when con­sid­er­ing the an­nual to­tal costs in dif­fer­ent parts of Aus­tralia for a typ­i­cal pool of 45,000 litres, with a 1100 watt pump.

Bris­bane pool own­ers for ex­am­ple spend an av­er­age $ 1961 a year in to­tal, which in­cludes elec­tric­ity and chem­i­cals; while Syd­ney pool own­ers spend $ 1727 a year. Mel­bur­ni­ans get a bet­ter deal due to the cooler cli­mate, fork­ing out $ 986 a year, but it is not a sum to be sneezed at.

The size of th­ese costs would come as a sur­prise to many pool own­ers, who are not aware that the fil­ter­ing, clean­ing and chlo­ri­na­tion of a pool can use 40 per cent or more of their to­tal house­hold en­ergy con­sump­tion.

The av­er­age house with pool uses ap­prox­i­mately 11 Megawatt- hours per year and a pool with min­i­mum equip­ment uses 4.3 MWh of that, Pooled En­ergy chair­man John Riedl said. If the pool has au­to­matic pool sweeps and so­lar or other heaters, the con­sump­tion in­creases to about 5.2 MWh.

“Ma­jor NSW re­tail­ers have an­nounced an ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent over­all price rise from July,” Mr Riedl said. “This 20 per cent in­crease is an av­er­age of mul­ti­ple tar­iffs … in the Aus­grid dis­tri­bu­tion area for much of Syd­ney, off- peak elec­tric­ity prices have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally: the av­er­age in­crease for all three large en­ergy re­tail­ers is 31.5 per cent.”

There are cur­rently 1.4 mil­lion swim­ming pools in Aus­tralia, us­ing a to­tal en­ergy con­sump­tion of around half the state of Vic­to­ria, ac­cord­ing to Mr Riedl, whose com­pany pro­vides en­ergy sav­ing au­to­ma­tion sys­tems for pools. Pooled En­ergy claims it can save pool own­ers an av­er­age of $ 1292 a year in Bris­bane, $ 1189 in Syd­ney and $ 626 in Mel­bourne.

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