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    Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    My info should appear below but I have a 1hp Hayward rebuilt pump and it has worked fine for 16 years. I only had to have the cord going into the unit fixed last season. My question is this:

    Local pool place is having a big sale and variable pumps are on sale. Is it worth it to pick one of these up? Should I stay with what I have until it breaks or is it truly a big difference makes on electricity bills etc?

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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    That depends a great deal on your electrical rates. High electrical rates, more than $0.20/kwh, make variable speed pumps very attractive. I don't believe electrical rates are nearly that high in NY, so odds are a variable speed pump is not such a great deal in your area.
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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    With lower electrical costs, a 2-speed (even just a motor replacement) usually make more financial sense than a full VS pump.
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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    Me thinks I will remain as is. They claim at this store that you can save a ton of electricity rats but if ain't broke I won't fix it.

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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    Your 'delevered' electric costs on Long Island is one of the highest in the country well over $.20 a kWh, I think more like $.25- .29 per kWh
    PSE&G LI is offering a $450 rebate on most VS pumps bought by sometime in November. A hayward superpump VS is about $650-700 on the web so your net cost would only be $250 -300

    You should save much more than that the first year.
    Also note that the installer gets $200.00 from PSE&G
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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    Thanks EVCharge - I can't find that program on their website. Also, the installer also gets $200? Why? Do they have to be a licensed electrician to get it?

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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    I'm on a iPhone and can post the link later or you can go to the Hayward websit and find the listing of rebates by state to get the rebate details for PSE&G LI. The installer has to be registered with PSE&G for the rebate to be vailid
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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    Thanks - I found it via Hayward. Interesting that the installer needs to be PE&G licensed. Not sure what they actually need to install, but plan to call them.
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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    My variable speed pump suction inlet sits lower to the ground than my old pumps inlet so the installer had to re-plumb some of the PVC. Also a variable speed pump needs a Controller-relay that is compatible with variable speeds (which needs to be wired) unless the new pump comes with it's own controller. I think it is $200 well spent. ($20 in gas, $20 for parts, $20 for vehicle, $70 for installer and $70 for the boss who ordered the parts and who trained the tech.
    16,000 gallon, IG, plaster, filter= DE 60 sq ft, Pump= Hayward EcoStar SP3400VSP variable speed, Build date= 2004, SPA, Heater= Pentair natural gas 400k BTU, Cleaner= Hayward Navigator (Pool equipment installed 2 feet above pool water level)

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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    I live in California and during the summer have step rates but normal price is .15 per kilowatt and I replaced my old pump wity a hayward e costar and run my pump 7 days a week 6 hours a day at 1000 rpm on 2 inch pipe and my pump now draws about 90watts, it saved me a good amount this summer and wity local and hayward rebate I only paid 850 for the pump so well worth the 450 extra for it.

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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    The extra cost of getting a 220 line puts some people off getting a variable speed. But, Pentair and Hayward will both be launching 110 variable speed pumps for 2015. I run my 1HP superpump on a timer, so that's basically the same as a VS running 24/7. The one downfall of VS is some heatpumps wont work on lower speeds and flash Low Flow error codes constantly.

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    Re: Is there a significant benefit in purchasing a variable pump?

    Most pool pads should be run with 220 to begin with, but if that's not the case then that would be a cost breaker at the cost of an electric an

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