A Better Kind of Green: 6 Strategies for a More Sustainable Pool

Your swimming pool provides hours of relaxation, low-impact exercise, and even an increase in your property value. But it’s no secret that pools can cost a lot in energy and water.

Whether you want to decrease your home’s environmental impact or simply decrease your household power bills, you need effective solutions to make your pool as sustainable as possible.

In this blog, we list six strategies to help you start making your pool “green.”

1. Clean Regularly With Less Chemicals

Routine maintenance helps each element of your pool run as efficiently as possible. Keep up with routine maintenance, even if it means skimming the surface by hand frequently. Clean pools consume less energy.

If you have a chlorinated pool, stay on top of chemical applications so you don’t have to add any extra chemicals. If you are planning a high-impact renovation, consider switching to a more eco-friendly sanitation method, such as an ozone system.

2. Create an Energy-Efficient Landscape

The landscape of your backyard can have a huge impact on pool debris and evaporation rates. When you change the layout of your backyard, do so with sustainability in mind.

For example, plant hedges or build a wall to create a windbreak on the side of your pool that the wind blows from. This windbreak will decrease water loss and the amount of leaves that gum up your system.

3. Install Smart Controls

Programmable and smart pool features can ensure that you never use more energy than needed. You have a wide range of smart control options to design your most functional and efficient pool.

Common choices include programmable pumps, low-power systems, and single-touch activation for lights, heating, and water features. Learn more about these controls on 
our smart features page

4. Make Use of Your Pool Cover

Using your pool cover may seem like a hassle, but even a basic cover can diminish water loss by 97% and chemical use up to 60%. For an extra boost, invest in a high-quality insulated cover or solar blankets.

Insulated covers keep heated pools warm when not in use, making them ideal for daily swimmers. Solar blankets can actually start the heating process without your heater, which makes them a good choice during the off-season.

5. Opt for a Variable-Speed Pump

Your pool pump likely uses the most energy in your pool system, even if you have a whole-pool heater. Many pumps work at a single speed, which means that they expend a constant amount of energy throughout the day even when no one’s swimming.

Variable-speed pumps, on the other hand, can be adjusted according to the task. Slow down the pump when you get out of the pool, and speed it up again when you hop back in or add new chemicals.

6. Use Solar Heat

If you’re looking for a long-term solution that makes a dramatic impact on your pool’s sustainability, consider installing a solar heat system. Even if you have to combine a solar heater with a small electrical pump, the switch can greatly reduce your energy consumption.

Solar heaters are essential if you keep swimming during the off-season, when your electricity use can spike.


As you work toward a more sustainable household and backyard, consult with professionals. Your electrician and plumber can help you determine the highest drains on your power and water. Similarly, your pool contractor can help you identify the best ways to improve your pool’s performance without sacrificing a lot of energy or water.

Use these strategies to begin making your home a more eco-friendly oasis.

For more ideas for optimizing your home pool, browse our blog section.