I have a 15,000 gallon pool and looking to upgrade to a variable speed pump to save on our power bill. Cost per Kwh is about $0.24 for PG&E in the California East Bay, and running the 1.5 hp Hayward TriStar pump for 4 hours a day is costing us about $60 per month. Here is a photo of our current pad:
Photo: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e4ficmyeipgl7 ... ium%29.jpg
Pretty basic; one skimmer, one floor drain that goes up to the skimmer and does not have a separate pipe, two returns. Polaris 380 sweep with a separate booster. No heater. The filter is a Hayward C17502S Star-Clear Plus Cartridge 175 sq. ft. which I understand is way to small. I have to clean it at least every three months.
Are these shut off valves in the3 photo wrong? They are hard to turn enough to actually seal. Anything else you see that I should consider changing out?
I am thinking of going with the Pentair 011012 IntelliFlo VF, instead of the VS because it will be a bit easier to set up and no immediate plans for solar heater or anything that we trigger the pressure shutoff. For the filter, I prefer cartridge and have a line on a used Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 420 sq. ft., but think that may be overkill. What would you all recommend? The 320, or something else?