Problem Solver - August 2012
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Reduce Energy & Water Costs

There has been a drive over the past several years to reduce operating costs, with many facilities adopting energy efficiency measures to address the issue. Finding ways to conserve energy and water not only helps keep budgets under control, but it also serves an important environmental mission. And the good news is that you can find ways to conserve water and energy and reap the savings without investing in costly new equipment or renovations.

Q: How can I cut my energy costs without doing a huge renovation or installing new equipment?

A: Approximately 70 percent of a pool's heat loss is directly related to evaporation, whether the pool is located outside or indoors. A liquid pool cover will reduce the rate of evaporation, which will help to retain the heat in the pool. Heaters will not have to work as hard to maintain the water temperature, so the energy used will be drastically reduced.

Facilities across North America have seen reductions between 15 percent and 40 percent with low initial investments. Indoor facilities get the added benefit of reduced humidity levels, which can reduce energy costs even further, as the dehumidification system does not have to work so hard.

Q: How can a liquid pool cover conserve water?

A: In addition to heat loss, evaporation is a key factor in water loss. If a pool is not leaking, it will probably be the primary reason for water loss. But if you use a liquid pool cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week, your pool can conserve up to 50 percent of the water it might lose, without any disruption in the regular usage and schedule of the pool.

Q: Can swimmers use the pool when a liquid pool cover is in place?

A: Yes! Liquid pool covers are undetectable when in use. Swimmers will not be able to see, feel, smell or taste it, when used as recommended. Swimmers may cause the product to break up and move away from them, but as the water calms behind them, the liquid blanket reforms itself. This means you can protect your pool from water and heat loss round the clock.


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