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Summertime, And The Living's Pricey

Summer is fast approaching – and everyone in Dripping Springs knows summers in the Hill Country can get HOT (of course, if you’re the proud owner of a beautiful Ranch Road Pool, you’ve got a great way to beat the heat). Unfortunately, with temperatures rising, energy costs are on the rise every summer, too. With cooling costs already inflating your summertime utility bills, it’s important to keep pool costs down as much as possible. Here are some simple tips for lowering your energy bill this summer:

  1. Use a pool cover: Using a pool cover when the pool is not in use can help reduce evaporation, which can save water and reduce the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool clean.

  2. Use a variable speed pump: A variable speed pump can help reduce energy costs by adjusting the pump speed to match the pool's needs. This can save up to 90% of the cost of a single-speed pump.

  3. Use a timer: Setting a timer to run the pool pump during off-peak hours can help reduce energy costs. Off-peak hours are typically early in the morning or late at night.

  4. Keep the pool clean: Keeping the pool clean can help reduce the amount of chemicals needed to maintain the water quality. Regularly removing debris from the pool and skimming the surface can help reduce the workload of the pool filter.

  5. Adjust the pool temperature: Lowering the pool temperature can help reduce energy costs associated with heating the pool. Even a few degrees can make a difference.

  6. Use solar heating: Installing solar panels to heat the pool can be a cost-effective way to keep the pool warm during the summer months. Solar heating systems can be installed on the roof or on the ground near the pool.

  7. Use energy-efficient lighting: Replacing incandescent pool lights with LED lights can help reduce energy costs and extend the life of the pool light bulbs.

These are some of the simpler ways to reduce your pool's energy needs. We're always available for a consult if you want to know more - and of course, when you build your dream pool with Ranch Road Pools, one of our design engineers will work closely with you to make sure we meet your energy efficiency needs.

To get more tips and tricks for owning a pool like a pro, be sure to follow us on social media at: @ranchroadpools

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