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    How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Got my pool up and running a couple months ago, first power bill jumped up a LOT.. (Like $100+), second one is even higher.. $120+ over my normal bill. How much should a normal pool pump cost to run per month? I have a 1.5HP Flowtec pump that runs ~8 hours a day. The unknown factor is how much my cooling costs have gone up in my house, since I just purchased the house I am not sure if what I am seeing is mostly from it getting HOT here in the FL area and my bill is jumping from that, or if its a combo of both.

    I'm trying to decide if its worth it to get a variable speed pump. But does anyone know what the approximate cost to run a pump this size should be?
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Do you know what your electric rate is?
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    You're probably running about 500 KWH per month. Multiply that times your electric rate and you've got a pretty close guess.
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    your electric rate is roughly 13.1 cents per kwh (I'm betting you use more than 1,000 kwh per month. if not, it's lower)
    at 13.5 cents per kwh, a 1.5hp pump costs about 20 cents per hour. so that's about $1.60 per day. since I'm using 13.5 cents and not 13.1 (I'm lazy and copying these numbers down from other documents) it's slightly less than that. here are the documents I used:
    http://progress-energy.com/custservice/ ... sRates.pdf - your electric rates
    http://www.lakelandelectric.com/aboutus ... 0701BC.pdf - a publication from my power company. they have a big list of stuff and how much they cost to run at 13.5 cents per hour. 1.5hp pool pump is on there as 20 cents per hour.
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Thanks, so I am looking at about $50 a month is what it should cost me. I'm thinking my A/C usage may be the more likely cause of my big jump then. I'll have to yell at the wife to turn things down a bit..
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    yes. I was looking at the most expensive electric bill ever this month. then I figured out the portable AC I got cause the master bedroom stays much warmer than the rest of the house costs about $40/month to run. so it put me back in line of what the bill would usually be, but a $300 electric bill sucks!
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Mine jumped HUGE! I'm scared to open them anymore....
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    filter-operating-cost-t9754.html


    read the last post by me. it is a formula for calculating the cost.
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Quote Originally Posted by keri1973
    Mine jumped HUGE! I'm scared to open them anymore....
    Tell me about it. My bill from May was about $500, from the heat pump, filter, swg, slide, you name it. June wasn't much better, just a bit less.
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Quote Originally Posted by crabboy
    Quote Originally Posted by keri1973
    Mine jumped HUGE! I'm scared to open them anymore....
    Tell me about it. My bill from May was about $500, from the heat pump, filter, swg, slide, you name it. June wasn't much better, just a bit less.


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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Mine was $347 last month with 2 zone A/C, pool pump on 15 hours a day, heat pump running ~4 hours a day. My rate is 9 cents per Kw. I didnt think it was that bad, really, given the house size and all the stuff we have running.

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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    wow, that's a long run time. have you seen this article in pool-school/ ?
    pool-school/pump_run_time

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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Quote Originally Posted by reebok
    wow, that's a long run time. have you seen this article in pool-school/ ?
    pool-school/pump_run_time

    :P
    Why, why, yes i have as a matter of fact


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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    I can't believe what some of you pay for power

    I thought my bill was high at $115.00

    I live in a suburb of Seattle, first 600 kWh 0.076324 everything after that is 0.094133 per kWh

    My parents are on Seattle city light & for summer rates they pay-First 10 kWh per day at 4.04¢ per kWh

    All additional kWh per day at 8.24¢ per kWh

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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    well, the actual electric rate is under 6 cents, but the "fuel charge" almost doubles it due to the huge spike in coal and natural gas costs the last few years. nice dam.
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Of my $347 bill last month, nearly a third was taxes and distribution charges (read another kind of tax).

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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Quote Originally Posted by reebok
    nice dam.
    It is really quite amazing to see it in person, unfortunately after 9/11 the tour is not nearly as good as it once was.

    They used to take you way down to the depths of the dam, not anymore,

    BUT they still do a laser show on the face of the dam, every night @ 10:00pm

    http://www.grandcouleedam.com/aboutlls.html


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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Funk
    I can't believe what some of you pay for power

    I thought my bill was high at $115.00

    I live in a suburb of Seattle, first 600 kWh 0.076324 everything after that is 0.094133 per kWh

    My parents are on Seattle city light & for summer rates they pay-First 10 kWh per day at 4.04¢ per kWh

    All additional kWh per day at 8.24¢ per kWh
    l

    I agree with you 100%!! Ours averages out to around 100/month and I was just grumbling to my wife 3 days ago that with the new sand filter, our electric rose to 110. and thats with the ac on too!!! but yet our 1400sq FT total electric home is 2yrs old and has that expandable Styrofoam insulation stuff you spray in between the studs in the walls.
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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    $700 last month, almost $600 this month....

    Our peak rate we pay over $0.40 (yes, the 4 is in the right place) in CA.

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    Re: How much should a pool pump cost to run?

    Wow! I feel better.. we just bought a home last October that has central air and a 30,000 inground pool with spa. Up until now we have had window air conditioners and at most an AG 15' pool. The pool has one pump for the main pool, another for the spa, another for the poolsweep, and an air pump to inject bubbles into the spa! When I opened our last electric bill and saw the total was $366 I thought that may have been for 2 months...but nooooo... I hate to see the next bill as it has been in the high 90s all week and today should hit 100..

    Although after working all day, floating in the pool last night at 11pm with a temperature of 86 (both air and water) just watching the stars and the only light coming from the underwater pool lights....priceless!
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