To modify a famous California governor’s words: They won’t be back.
Single-speed pool pumps are about to become a thing of the past. In 2008, California enacted Title 20, a law requiring that pool filtration pumps meet specific energy standards. Any pool filtration pump with a total horsepower of one or greater must be a two-speed or variable-speed pump. That means that if you’re using a single-speed pump and it breaks, you will be required to purchase one of the above mentioned pumps.
Well big whoop! Who cares about what they do in California, right?
Very wrong. Anyone with a pool should pay heed to Title 20. Why? More and more states are following California’s lead. In 2012, both Arizona and Florida passed their own legislation restricting the use of single-speed pool pumps based heavily upon Title 20. What’s more, Texas could very well be the next state on that list.
In 2009, legislation modeled almost entirely off of California’s Title 20 was introduced to Texas lawmakers. This bill was struck down due to how similar it was to Title 20 in terms of its regulations. Lobbyists pointed out that Texas and California have far too many differences in landscapes and average pool sizes to pass such a similar bill.
An article by Dan Schechner for Pool & Spa News notes that since 2009, lobbyists for energy efficiency in pools have become extremely organized. In 2011, the 2009 bill was reintroduced to Texas lawmakers, this time heavily edited to accommodate the differences. Although this bill was ultimately struck down as well, it showed that the pool and spa industry had become far more coordinated in its effort to pass energy efficiency legislation for pools.
Complete Landsculpture is committed to staying ahead of the curve and we like to keep our customers right there with us. To help ease the stress on pool owners in states looking at adopting energy efficiency legislation for pools, we’ve put together this list of tips and insights.
- If you’re looking at installing a new pool, make sure that a two-speed or variable-speed pool pump is installed to avoid future headache.
- If you have a pool with a single-speed pump, consider upgrading to a more efficient pump before legislation mandates it.
- Make sure that you have a pump control installed that is capable of defaulting to a low-speed setting.
- Stay up to date on rebates offered by your state or local government or by dealers themselves. Pacific Gas & Electric is currently offering $100 rebates specifically on energy efficient pumps until December 31, 2014.
- Although two-speed and variable-speed pumps are more expensive than their single-speed sibling up front, you can actually recoup the cost quickly through savings. It generally takes 12 to 18 months to make up the difference through energy savings.
Long story short: Upgrading your pool pump to a more energy efficient model won’t just save you money; it could soon be the law.
By: Wylee Wooldridge