After just receiving my latest energy bill, I finally decided it is time to look at changing my one speed pool pump to something more efficient. I have read more websites posts than I care to count and need a little help in making an intelligent decision.
I currently have a Hayward Super II pump, 3/4hp, 22,000 gal in ground pool with a suction cleaner (Baracuda) and SWG. I have Solar panels mounted on the roof of the house which is 10' above the pool. I currently have to close some of the valves for the solar system because there is too much pressure going to the roof. (past experience of panels bursting) Currently have the pressure reduced to 5psi at the panels. I have a DE filter, no spa or waterfall features.
Current electric rates are $.13 to $.35kWH (average $.25kWh)
With all that said I am looking at either Pentair or Hayward. I also briefly looked at the EcoPump, but read enough here to not go with them. Do I go with a VS or 2 Speed? If I don't need the extra Hp is it worth going to a VS? Not really sure which way to proceed.
Thanks in advance for anyone's guidance.