i just had a new house built in florida and while it was vacant, the
electricity bill remained high.
the AC was set to 80 and the pool pump set to 9 hours (chlorine generator).
when i returned, i noticed that when i turn on the pump, the electric meter
moved almost 3x faster.
when the pool was first built, there was blockage in the piping from
is it possible that the pool tech didn't completely clean it out and there
is still some debri which is causing the pump to work harder? the pump is
running rather hot (to the touch).
is there a way i can tell if there is still some blockage?
What does the guage say on the filter? Suction throttling would actually lower
the pump load.
You may just have a bad pump motor or a pump that is bigger than you need.
Pool pumps can be bigger than the A/C compressor. See if you can borrow a clamp
on ammeter to see what you have.
the fridge was running and i haven't moved anything into the new house yet
(no tv/ furniture/clocks/phones/etc..) gas appliances and gas tankless
my first usage was 3009 KWH (i had the pump running all day for around 4
days to adjust chlorine levels. then it dropped to 1469 KWH/month then 1319
KWH/next month while i was away.
the pump ran 9 hours/day (10k gal pool). i assumed the AC no longer kicked
in for the weather.
pump is 1 1/2 HP, 1.10 KW
the remaining device running while i was away were the clocks on the
microwave/stove/oven and the house alarm. also the timer for the lawn
sprinkler system and the fridge.
it still doesn't add up. ~ $135/mo electric bill on a vacant new house is
It probably does add up, do your own audit with a clamp on digital amp
meter and a Kill a watt Meter. But you could have a short. You have a
pool you pay. My last bil was for 150 Kwh , but I have a lake.
What do you think are the biggest contributors to your electric bill, living
room lamps? Televisions? No.
Pumps & motors, compressors, and electric heaters.
You said Florida - I bet you've an electric water heater too.
If this is the typical 1.5 hp pump it will cost about $64 a month to run 9
hours a day. A 1 hp is a little better at about $52. He should probably see if
he really needs it to run that long. I am doing fine in SW fla with a 1 hp pump
running 6 hours on a 15,000 gallon pool.
Some of the problems are caused by poor plumbing design. Pipe too small, too
many elbows, not enough returns and suction side fittings. I spent a little
more on fat pipe and fittings but I turn my water over about every 3 hours.
the last guy is on the $$. In vegas we only run our pump 6 hrs. a day the pool
places have said shouldn't do any less. Check your pressure gauge on the
filter. I don't know about all of them but on earth filters 20psi means it's
time to backflush the more pressure your gauge reads the harder your pump is
wporking = more electricity used
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