First and foremost, there's a ton of info on this site and I'm glad I found it. Thanks in advance!
I'm looking to replace my single-speed 220V electric guzzler with a 2-speed unit. I was initially looking at variable speed, but don't think I need it for my case. The pool setup is pretty basic, 15k gallons and 2 solar heaters. Looks to have 3 ports on the suction side (skimmer, drain and something else?). My plumbing is 2" in/out.
The pump operating costs are ~38% of my electric bill in my current winter schedule - 4 hrs/day, consuming about 200kw in a month. With the utilization of the pump and my everday appliances, I'm being placed in a higher 'Tier' by my power company and therefore paying a premium.
If I can reduce my overall pool energy significantly, I'd like to stay in the lowest 'energy Tier' to maximize savings. Summer is going to hit hard if I dont replace this pump soon.
My first going in position was to purchase the Pentair IntelliFlo. Doing a bit more research, this may be too much pump for what I need. I'm now leaning towards a basic 2-speed WhisperFlo.
Hoping to hear some feedback from the wise whether I'm making the right decision. I need to maximize energy savings. I can deal with the initial investment cost, as I know I'll be paying more later if I don't do something about it now. For reference, my rates are $0.13 if I stay in my baseline Tier, otherwise goes up to $0.32!
thanks in advance!