See vitals in the sig, pipes I see come out of the ground seems to match the pipe fittings on all the pool equipment, so I don't think there's anything out of the ordinary there, probably standard size whatever that is?
Now that it's winter -- I'm noticing about 25% of my electric bill is the pool pump. I only pay 10-12 cents per kwh, so take that into account, but I'm wondering if it's not time to retire the old pump. Our rebate program only runs until 4/30/13 for sure, $150 here in Scottsdale Arizona/SRP. I typically run the filter 8 hours in the summer, running 6 hours right now.
I've seen all three of these Hayward VSP pumps (2300/2600/3400) online, each more expensive than the next. But... is there really any difference between them in terms of electrical savings? I can see the 3400 is a step up in tech, but from what I understand I could control the earlier models in the same way by adding a different automation control or even a Hayward one later? The 1 HP motor is more than adequate to vacuum the pool as well as run the waterfall; I'd say 3/4HP would be plenty but that's just a guess really.
The guy at the pool store recommended Hayward over Pentair, I'm a fan of the magnet and the sealed tech, as well as the auto shutoff in case there's no water being pumped. Those are nice features I would think, plus it's a little cheaper? If there are better choices let me know.
Thanks for your help!