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Letter: Save money, electricity with a better pool pump

Posted: August 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Dan K. Thomasson pointed out in “Cable boxes are robbing us while we sleep” (July 25) that if cable boxes were equipped with energy-saving features, we could save 27 billion kilowatt hours in electricity across the county.

While this potential savings are considerable, manufacturers haven’t made an energy-efficient box yet, and you’d have to get 160 million people to upgrade. In the grand scheme of a household’s energy use, the 169 kwh used by your cable box is pretty small, so that’s not going to be easy.

A swimming pool, by contrast, is the biggest energy-user in a house after the air conditioner.

Fortunately for pool owners, pool-pump manufacturers have introduced variable-speed pool pumps, which lower the amount of energy needed to move and clean the water in your pool. A properly installed pump will save approximately 2400 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, measurably reducing your electric bill.

If all of the pools in Santa Clarita upgraded their pool pumps, our valley alone would save nearly 20 million kilowatt hours and $5 million in electricity costs.

We should focus our energy-efficiency efforts on big-ticket savings such as these, where simple actions get significant savings individually and cumulatively.

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