Are you on the diving board of the decision to remove your swimming pool?
Here are some facts that may help you take the plunge.
It’s estimated that homes with swimming pools consume as much as 30 percent to 50 percent more energy per year than homes without pools. There are factors that attribute some of the energy to other things, but there is no dispute about the fact that pools consume lots of energy.
Swimming pool pumps—especially older ones—are the main culprits. Let’s not even talk about the cost of heating your pool. If you’re not using it, we can assume you’re not heating it. PG&E estimates that for older single speed pumps, the cost of operation is about five dollars a day if it runs for six hours. That’s $150 per month or an average of $1,800 per year. That’s just the electricity.
Here’s an average monthly cost for a swimming pool in the Bay Area:
- Electricity $150
- Maintenance $ 70
- Repairs/equipment $50
This is $3,240 per year. This number doesn’t consider remodeling, which typically happens every twelve to fifteen years at an average cost of $10,000. If you amortized this over fifteen years, it’s another $50 per month. Now, you’re talking $3,840 per year.
The average cost of pool demolition is about $9,500. If we take the lower number of $3,240, it only takes three years of pool operation to pay yourself back. How long has it been since you’ve used your pool?
So many of our customers tell us they waited way too long to remove their pool. The fact is, pool removal can be a very emotional decision. As a result, pool owners will put it off for years. Only when they finally make the decision do they realize the decision was made years before; they just couldn’t act on it.