Hey guys and girls. I've googled around and found lots and lots of different "answers" to this question, so I know it's likely a judgment call and basically just whatever I'm comfortable with ... but I wanted some opinions from you anyway.
If I have a timer running my pump that's capable of setting 9 different on/off intervals, what would you suggest for a run schedule? I'm looking to conserve energy, but keep my pool nice and clear too. What I'm considering right now is three 4 hour "on" intervals which would look like this:
0400-0800 hrs - ON
0800-1200 hrs - OFF
1200-1600 hrs - ON
1600-2000 hrs - OFF
2000-2400 hrs - ON
2400-0400 hrs - OFF
In my Googling I found multiple sources that state that the water takes approximately 4 hours to become truly "still", so I figured 4 hour intervals would work well. Does this seem reasonable? 8 of the 12 hours a day that the pump would be running would be at "off peak" times, which would save me significant $$ since our hydro provider has just changed our meters to "smart meters" which read peak and off-peak usage.
Opinions? Comments? Suggestions? All are welcome!! Thanks in advance!