2 speed pump and inexpensive controller

May 27, 2008
I plan to install a 2 speed motor on my pump to reduce the energy usage.

I live in the deep south, and figure I will have to kick it on high a few hours a day, and then low speed.

Can anyone recommend a low cost way to control this?
Most of the controllers I see for 2 speed pumps are expensive.

I have X10 in my house, but not sure how to do this.

Any suggestions?



LifeTime Supporter
Jul 12, 2007
New Hudson, MI
I always assumed that using high speed was for vacuuming and other maintenance periods only. Are you saying that you need to run on high a certain amount of time per day, plus on low the remainder of the day? Wow - I didn't know that warmer water caused that much of an issue for the filtration system!

For what it's worth, it seems like the least expensive way is to avoid running on high automatically if possible, and that probably means employing alternative strategies to ensure your filter is operating more effectively for you. Perhaps that means a different pump or filter too? Maybe better circulation via an additional return, or adding a drain? So much for inexpensive, eh?

Good luck!