The Best Energy Efficient ECO Swimming Pool Pumps

The cost of operating a pool doesn't have to be expensive! Well, if you are one of those pool owners with the traditional style single speed pool pump, it's costing you daily!

Apart from the energy saving, a variable speed ECO pool pump also lowers the flow rate. A lower flow rate takes the pressure off the pool plumbing and other equipment, increasing equipment life and further reducing maintenance costs.

The typical ECO pool pumps or have three speeds.

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

 

With some variable speed pumps their 3 speeds can be refined to have further energy saving ensuring the efficiency for any pool application.

As stated above, the benefit of a variable speed pool pump is that different pool cleaners may need more flow, the flow rate can be increased and fine-tuned to obtain the optimum flow and cleaning effect.

Where standard ECO Pumps have the 3 preset speeds, and some cleaners may need the medium or high setting to operate a suction cleaner, which totally defeats the purpose of installing an ECO pool pump.

Older style pool pumps have a fixed speed and flow rate and therefore a fixed running cost per hour/year, which adds up!

The average swimming pool pump will cost the pool owner around $1000+ per year in electricity to operate on a standard 8 hour per day cycle.

Variable speed ECO pool pumps can reduce the running costs considerably by as much as $800 per year!

Tip: One needs to understand that with an ECO pump, you must run it longer than your older fixed speed pump, as it is important to get the same volume or water filtered/turned over each day.

All variable speed pumps will start up at the highest speed setting for a short period to ensure the pump and pool equipment is in full prime then will drop back to the preset lower speed that you have chosen.

The only time you need to run on high, is when you need to manually vacuum the pool, or for backwashing the sand filter. Commonly the medium speed can be used if using a suction pool cleaner on the standard 3 speed ECO Pumps.

Low speed is where you make most of the power saving and should be used in most cases to enjoy maximum power savings, this can also be used in variable speed pumps as stated above, where you can further increase or decrease the preset low speed for optimum efficiency

Fact: Pool filters perform better at a lower flow rate over a longer period, the slower you can pass the water through a filter the clearer the water.

A select few Variable speed pool pumps can now be connected to a controller system via a data cable, allowing intelligent interface between the pump and chlorinator/chemical dosage systems which allow the system to control the pump flow and operational time so minimal run time and power is consumed, meaning greater savings again!

Fact: The power saving in one year will pay for the extra cost of any eco pool pumps installation over a standard replacement pump; and more!

4 Common tips we recommend when discussing ECO pool pumps are:

Look at the star rating

Equipment manufacturers are not obliged to post or promote the energy rating on their pool products, but many do with the ECO and Variable Speed pumps to make it easy for consumers to see the savings

Operational periods

Speak to your local pool technician or drop us a line to discuss the right operational times for your equipment, too much could be using excess power, and too little could be causing you problems with maintaining your pool

Timers

Utilize the times in Salt Water Chlorinators or doing machines, these can allow the pump to operate during off peak times and as per the above point the best amount of time for the pump to be running. If you dont have a salt water chlorinator or dosing machine, purchase a timer from a local hardware.

Keep it clean

Basic weekly maintenance of the pool isnt a hard task, and in the long run will ensure the operational equipment and appearance of the pool is spot on, saving you time and money.

Astral P320 XT Variable Speed ECO Pool Pump

Astral P320 XT Variable Speed ECO Pool Pump

It’s quality that makes Astral one of Australia's leading manufacturers of quality swimming pool and spa products. Astral's aim is to provide the best-quality equipment for commercial and private swimming pools and spas at competitive prices.

Ideal for the average sized pool, the Astral Viron P320 has a flow rate sufficient to backwash up to 30″ or 800mm diameter sand filters, provide a powerful vacuum when cleaning the pool and drive up to 6 spa jets.

The large liquid crystal display clearly shows the RPM of the P320 motor and enables adjustment of the start up priming time, priming flow rate, and visual display of each speed setting.

The inbuilt 24-hour timer is easily enabled and provides up to four time periods each day with different speed settings to provide the perfect flow rate for your pool.

  • Low speed means ultra quiet allowing operation at night or early morning
  • Low speed means lower pressures extending the life of other pool equipment
  • Low speed means better filtration resulting in sparkling clear water

Features:

  • 9 Star Energy Rating
  • Adjustable variable speed settings from 600 RPM to 3600 RPM
  • Save up to $700 per year in operating costs
  • 3 Year Warranty

Benefits:

  1. The highlighted row in the table represents the total number of litres pumps per watt of energy used.
  2. Each Astral P320 pump is tested at factory preset speeds but each speed, (low, medium and high) can be changed to suit your individual swimming pool application.
  3. For purposes of comparison with single speed pumps, the Astral P320 on maximum speed has a similar flow rate to most other 1.25 hp or 1.5 hp pumps.
  4. The total head represents the total friction losses of both inlet pipe to the pump and returns to pool plumbing including fittings and equipment.

 

Zodiac E3 ECO Pool Pump

Zodiac E3 ECO Pool Pump

The FloPro e3 is engineered to be a simple to operate variable speed pool pump with the built-in intelligence of an economical motor saving you money on electricity. Built specifically for Australian conditions you can be ensured of a reliable and durable pool pump for your pool.

Features:

  • Ability to adjust the speed settings of the pool pump to ensure the optimum solution for any pool application.
  • Utilizing less power than the average pool pump, the Zodiac FloPro e3 is both energy efficient and environmentally conservative.
  • The compact and rigid design allows for easy installation and operation leaving you more time to enjoy your pool.
  • The reputable and durable 3-speed motor will ensure years of hassle-free pool maintenance in even the harshest of conditions.
  • Backed by a 3 year warranty (2 years on the mechanical seal)
  • You can be assured of many hassle-free years of use.
  • Suitable for domestic swimming pools up to 80,000 Litres.

 

Davey PowerMaster ECO Pool Pump

Davey PowerMaster ECO Pool Pump

The variable speed PMECO pump, allows you to switch and program speeds between ECO Flow (lowest speed) for pool filtration, Mid Flow for pool cleaning and High Flow for all other pool sanitisation and pool heating applications.

Programmable Intelligence

Allows for fully programmable speed options between Eco, Mid and High Flow speeds, maximising your pool efficiency, use and performance.

Low Emissions

8 Star energy efficiency rating, with super low emissions and even lower energy usage.

Lower Noise Levels

Quiet at only 60.5db, allowing you to run your pump at any time of day or night.

Davey Dependability Built In

Using the latest brushless DC motor technology, the PowerMaster® ECO series offers you the reliability you have come to expect from all Davey products.

3 Year Guarantee

Peace of mind from an Australian owned, designed and engineered pool pump.

Features:

  • Ability to adjust the speed settings of the pool pump to ensure the optimum solution for any pool application.
  • The Davey PowerMaster ECO is both energy efficient and environmentally conservative.
  • The compact and rigid design allows for easy installation and operation leaving you more time to enjoy your pool.
  • The reputable and durable 3-speed motor will ensure years of hassle-free pool maintenance in even the harshest of conditions.
  • Backed by a 3 year warranty (2 years on the mechanical seal)
  • You can be assured of many hassle-free years of use.
  • Suitable for domestic swimming pools up to 80,000 Litres.
  • Save on Electricity: Save up to 70% of electricity, compared to a traditional pool pump
  • 8 Star energy efficiency rating, with superlow emissions and even lower energy usage
  • Lower Noise Levels at only 60.5db, allowing you to run your pump at any time of day or night

Contact us here for more information and price of the Davey PowerMaster ECO Pump

Poolrite Gemini ECO Pool Pump

Poolrite Gemini ECO Pool Pump

Unlike most multi-speed pumps the Gemini Twin is powered by a traditional induction motor that has been proven to stand the test of time. Most other ECO pumps on the market are DC. The Gemini Twin is a standard AC electric motor with a high & low speed winding.

The Gemini has the same plumbing as all model SQ/SQI Poolrite pumps so it will slot straight in.

The Poolrite Gemini is a two speed pump. To get the most savings, you should run it on low speed. The only time you need to use high speed is for backwashing or vacuuming your pool.

Facts are that a typical 1.25HP pool pump costs approximately $600 per year to operate. The Gemini Twin, like all multi-speed pumps can slash these costs if operated effectively. But with the added benefits of proven motor technology and simple operation.

Benefits

  • Ability to run pump during off peak electricity times
  • Remote control included as standard
  • Pre-set modes.
  • Super quiet operation in all installations
  • Proudly Australian designed & manufactured.
  • Extremely reliable and proven induction motor technology for longevity
  • 7 Star Energy Efficient
  • Made in Australia

Contact us here for more information and price of the Poolrite Gemini ECO Pump

Waterco Supatuf ECO Pool Pump

Waterco Supatuf 3 Speed ECO Pool Pump Energy Efficient 7 Star Rated

Equipped with an energy saving 3 speed motor, Supatuf ECO is capable of lowering its energy usage and reducing its operating noise levels.

Features:

  • Variable 3 speed control panel, IP55 rating
  • Permanent magnet brushless
  • Variable 3 speed DC motor
  • UV stabilised & corrosion resistant
  • 50mm quick connect barrel unions for UPVC pipe
  • Clear basket lid & large strainer basket
  • High grade carbon/ graphite mechanical seal with 316 stainless steel spring assembly
  • Strong single piece glass filled thermoplastic pump body
  • Hydraulically efficient impeller and diffuser design
  • Fan cooled thermal overload protection

 

Benefits:

  • Energy saving variable speed motor
  • Low noise operation
  • Energy rating 7 stars
  • Variable permanent magnet brushless DC motor
  • 2 Year warranty

Contact us here for more information and price of the Waterco Supatuf ECO Pump

Davey ProMaster Variable Speed ECO Pump

Davey ProMaster Variable Speed ECO Pump

The range of Davey energy efficient variable speed pool pumps has been upgraded to include app control via Bluetooth connectivity. Davey’s ProMaster® Variable Speed pool pump offers water-cooled, super-quiet operation with high efficiency, making it the ideal choice for today’s swimming pools. The energy efficient 8 Star energy rating offers up to 70% lower energy use than a traditional fixed speed 1hp pump.

Features:

  • Ability to adjust the speed settings of the pool pump to ensure the optimum solution for any pool application.
  • The Davey ProMaster VSD is both energy efficient and environmentally conservative.
  • The compact and rigid design allows for easy installation and operation leaving you more time to enjoy your pool.
  • The reputable and durable 3-speed motor will ensure years of hassle-free pool maintenance in even the harshest of conditions.
  • Backed by a 3 year warranty (2 years on the mechanical seal)
  • Suitable for domestic swimming pools up to 80,000 Litres.
  • Save on Electricity: Save up to 70% of electricity, compared to a traditional pool pump
  • 6 Star energy efficiency rating, with super low emissions and even lower energy usage
  • Lower Noise Levels at only 50db, allowing you to run your pump at any time of day or night

Contact us here for more information and price of the Davey ProMaster Variable Speed ECO Pump

Post author:

Tom Hintze

Head of eCommerce & Operations at Mr Pool Man,
Co-Founder at Water TechniX

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