Hoping to find a solution to 70% of my energy bill going to my pool equipment. I have a Sta-Rite Max E-Pro 1.5hp P6E6F-207L / 230v 10.4a, along with an PB-4 3/4 hp, 230v, 6.4a booster for a Polaris 280 sweep. I'm in Central California and PG&E is electrical supplier with tiered rates, which means I'm at .32/kwh after about the second day of the month.
My original idea was a Pentair Intelliflow or Hayward Eco-Star, or maybe an EcoPump EP-8 3hp(variable speed), and get rid of the booster. My wife's uncle down the street has an Intelliflow and it is awesome, running low it pulls about 120w of power. At full blast, which is all the time, I'm pulling about 17 amps or about $1.25/hr. The pool has 1-1/2" plumbing, and my local pool guy and the Hayward rep are both saying the 3hp variable's won't work because they require 2" plumbing. They're both recommending a Hayward SuperII pump, single speed. I'm sure it's a little better, but at this point, I'm obsessed with lowering my cost of operation, I'll happily spend a grand or two to pay myself back in a year.
Hayward also has a Max-Flow VS and a Super Pump VS that say they'll work with 1.5" plumbing. I'm sure the Super II is a fine pump, but my primary goal is to quit watching my power meter for thrills(chills more like it).
Any assistance much appreciated.
Luther(Chris in CenCal)