I have a 1.5 horsepower pump that is currently running 24 / 7. I am concerned with the amount of electricity it is using and am considering getting a timer to turn it on and off daily. The problem is I am also running a new SWCG and of course it only works when the pump is running.
So my question is, if I do get a timer when should it run? Should I run it all night when the chlorine isn't being "eaten" by the sun or should I run it during the day when people are swimming so the water stays cycled? Or am I crazy and it needs to run all day and night to keep up with the demands of creating chlorine and cycling the water?
This is my first time being a pool owner so I'm not sure how much electricity this will actually use. I did look at the previous owner's electricity bills and they were quite high during the summer. I am hoping that was because of too much AC use and not from the pool. However, after doing some research it seems 1.5 hp is quite large for a pump and it may be expensive.
Any advice is appreciated.