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In this video I cover several aspects of how to save money while maintaining your pool. The cost of electricity and chemicals can punch large holes in your monthly budget.
I know what it is like to try to save money and then have Murphy show up and sock you in the gut. We have been on a journey the last several year to become Debt Free! To read more about that click on this link:
More on Tip #1 & 2
I talk about running your pool just one cycle per day. You will need to know your pool size so here is a video on how to calculate it:
Calculate your pool volume (how many gallons): http://youtu.be/LArc7puehAk
Here is the bet flow meter on the market today:
FlowVis® Flow Meter – H2flow Review & Overview: http://youtu.be/8WFXje-NWBY
You will also need to know your pump’s flow rate. Here is a link to a cheat sheet listing most pool pumps by brand and hp and flow rate:
You also need to factor in Total Dynamic Head (TDH) – resistance to flow. Here is a good write up on it:
Basically I knock off 20- 30 gallons per minute depending on the filter type and how far the pool is from the skimmer. Most flow rates are calculated with the pump 20 ft from the skimmer.
Not really very complicated. You can save $20-$50 a month on your electric bill by simply lowering your pump run time.
More on Tip #3:
Getting a good test kit will eliminate your need to run to the pool store each week and in doing so you will eliminate impulse buying and guilt buying, “well they tested my water so I should by this at least…”
Test Kit Comparison: Which Kit is the Best?: http://youtu.be/swvweeFOVGk
Taylor Complete FAS-DPD Pool Water Test Kit K-2006: http://youtu.be/vYBEt1rzkeU
More on Tip #4:
Using the BBB Method is a good way to save lots of money on chemical cost and to also avoid the expensive shocks and products found at your local pool store. For example a 1 lb bag of Cal-Hypo 73% shock is not any stronger than one gallon of 8.75% Clorox Bleach. And it is at least $2.00 more in price. You will also find Alkalinity Up (it is just Baking Soda in a fancy bag) to be twice the price or more of just plain Baking Soda…
Here is the BBB Method Playlist-
The BBB Method of Pool Care:
More on Tip #5:
Keeping your pool clean is essential. Leaves, organic debris and dirt all use up the Chlorine in the water faster. So keeping the surface and the bottom clean is important. Also, keeping the skimmer free of debris will allow the pool to run better.
How to Clean Your Pool Skimmer Basket: http://youtu.be/845VPkDhMCY
Playlist covering Skimming and Vacuuming your pool:
Pool Guy (Gal) Basic Training Series:
More on Tip #6:
So the upfront cost of an Automatic cleaner is a bit high, but the benefits are great if you get the correct cleaner. It will help pick up leaves and dirt and save you time also -and time is money. Plus it will make maintaining your pool easier and that will go a long way in easing the frustration of owning a pool.
Automatic Cleaners on my Route, the Best of 2014: http://youtu.be/FwtmNHOw-g4
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