I'm a relatively new pool owner (1.5 years) and I'm looking for ways to help cut my monthly electric bill. After analyzing our usage, I've come to the conclusion that the pool pump for my pool consumes roughly 33% of the electricity we use. I run the pump 6 hours a day in the winter and 8 hours in the summer.
Here's the pump I currently have:
Here are the spec's for my pool as best I can guess:
10,000-12,000 gallon pool, with attached spa (with mini waterfall spillover into pool)
2" primary piping
Spa has 3 jets I think.
Electrical cost is roughly $.32-$.35/kWh depending on season. I noticed that the pump uses a full 2.57kW while running (not just theoretical, but actual based on power consumption). This seems insanely high and I am looking for a more efficient alternative. I've seen this: http://www.ecopoolpumps.com/pool-pump-reviews.html which looks appealing, but reading other posts about these pumps on this forum seem to indicate they aren't as good as their site claims.
I'm open to any suggestions around what I can do to reduce electrical consumption. I look forward to your guidance!