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dizzycows


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Message Posted:
04/11/2009 23:29

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Is it possible to turn off the pool pump through the winter months? Has any one done this as it does seem a waste of electric.

Is there any thing that can be put into the pool to keep it clear?

Pool people can you give me any advise, as most winters it is running for 4hrs twice a day.

Or do I need to change our pool cleaning company.



TimothyCadman


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04/11/2009 23:44

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"Is it possible to turn off the pool pump through the winter months?" yes, but not recommended as trying to clean up the pool again next spring can be long and expensive (chemicals) to get to A1 quality again.

"Is there any thing that can be put into the pool to keep it clear?" Yes, but to get the best effect it needs to be circulated.

"most winters it is running for 4hrs twice a day" I do think this is excessive. 1 hour every 6 hours should keep it ticking over nicely.



dizzycows


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05/11/2009 00:34

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Thanks TimothyCadman, thought the pool ran rather a lot in the winter, 1st year pool people had it running for 12 hrs! then when we said it was too long they put it back to 4hrs each alternate, now its on twice a day for 4hrs.



zerochlor


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05/11/2009 00:59

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just to let you know.at the moment my pump is on for 2 hours a day useing zerochlor in the pool,1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening,pool is starting to go just a tad cloudy,i can live with that when not in use, but that would be expected from only useing the pump for 2 hours, middle to the end of this month i will cut it down to 1 hour a day.



come the swimmng season l just leave the pump on for 10 to 12 hours and oxodize my pool and it will be back to normal,then knock the pump time back to around 6 hours a day.



dizzycows


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05/11/2009 17:26

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zerochlor, do you do pool maintenance or a good reliable company for contracting the cleaning?



zerochlor


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06/11/2009 00:43

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Hi Dc.

Im sorry this year we havent took on any pools,but we are going to be starting pool cleaning from next season useing Zerocchlor.



compass


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Message Posted:
06/11/2009 15:40

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I agree with zerochlor regarding pool pump timings. My pool is down to 2 hours a day and is still perfectly clear and even in the summer months it never was set above 6 hours a day.



Most pool companies set the pump times way too high because it makes it easier for them and they aren't picking up the bills at the end of the month.



A few months ago a board member calculated a pool pump cost 25p per hour to run. At that rate poor dizzycows is paying about 60 per month, no wonder some peoples bills are so high.



Reduce it to 2 hrs dizzycow and save 45 a month!!!!!!!!!!!!



Compass



dizzycows


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06/11/2009 17:04

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Ooh thanks so much for the advise, compass and zerocchlor, please can I have your email or phone number zerochlor, we are a little fed up with our pool company as they will not turn down the pump when we are not there....



cyprusairsoft



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Message Posted:
06/11/2009 19:47

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dizzy where do you live



dizzycows


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Message Posted:
06/11/2009 20:14

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Here, ................... X







Lapta area, when over in NC .....



keithcaley



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Message Posted:
06/11/2009 21:24

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msg 7,

I don't know who did the calculation, have you got a link to the thread?

Anyway, a 1HP pump consumes ~750 watts, that's 3/4 of a unit in one hour.

The base cost of a unit of electricity is 30 Kuruş, so ıt would cost you 22.5 Kuruş - say 9p to run your pool for an hour, assuming that you're not here, and the only thing running is the pool pump, so that all electricity consumed would be at the base rate - and if your pump is on for 6 hours a day, then you will use 6 x 0.75 = 4.5 units per day, and you will indeed be on the lowest rate.

For bands 2,3,& 4 - assuming that you are 'in residence' and using more than 8 and a third units per day, the cost per hour would be 10.5, 11.4, & 15 pence per hour

Of course if you're on "Builder's rate", that goes up to 30 pence per hour, but you need to get OFF builder's rate as fast as you can!

All the above rates are subject to 10% VAT, and there are the standing charges to pay, even if you don't use ANY electricity

Hop



stellasstar1



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Message Posted:
07/11/2009 18:16

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If you do turn your pump down, watch out if you have the maintenance people around, as they will probably turn it back up again.



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