I have a TriStar variable speed pump running my water features (2 bubblers and 4 laminars). The valves on the water features are not fully opened – setup was by the pool builder. Currently, when I have the water features at the height we like best the pump is running at 50% or 60% (depending on if I have all water features on or just the bubblers or the laminars).
Given I have a variable speed pump, I started wondering last night if it would be more economical electricity wise if I were to open the valves fully for all the water features which would theoretically allow me to lower the pump speed and still achieve the same water feature height we have currently. Not sure if the savings would be worth the trouble since the water features run only a couple hours a day during the week days and 5 hours a day on the weekends.
Any negatives to doing what I suggested above?
Heck, I’m still a little confused on how long to run the main water pump and at what percentage of speed (since it too is a variable speed pump) to achieve both efficiently and circulate the water daily. But I suppose that is another post unless anyone wants to take a stab at providing direction there also.