How to keep your energy bill down this summer!



Summer is fast approaching; it’s just around the corner actually. With rising energy costs, a swimming pool can be a great inspiration for households to be more water wise and energy efficient.

Here at Gold Coast Family Pools and Spas we are happy to hear our customers taking advantage of the beautiful weather that is the Gold Coast. However, we also want to help you save money by operating your pool system as efficiently as possible to keep your electricity bills down this summer.

As such, we have compiled a list of useful water and energy saving tips you can implement immediately to help you save hundreds!

Don’t let the high cost of running your pool outpace its value as your family’s go-to place for fun, relaxation and keeping cool this summer.


Operate your swimming pool filters and cleaning sweeps efficiently by reducing the operating time to 4- 5 hours, and only during off-peak time.
Did you know that your pool pump uses more electricity than most other appliances in your house, except maybe your air conditioner? You also may not know that most pools are equipped with pumps that are too big and use more energy than you need to keep the water sparkling clean.

The culprit: the single-speed pump. They can cost about 80 percent more in electric bills than you should be paying. A small pump is fine if all you want to do is circulate the water in the pool. But it might not have enough speed to run your pool cleaner, or other electrical extras that need an occasional, bigger blast of energy.

It’s important to size your pool pump correctly. This will ensure that your pool runs at an optimum level, resulting in fewer problems, easier maintenance, lower energy costs and longer equipment life. Here at GC Family Pools we can help recommend the right pool pump for you based on your pooling system, your budget and your needs.

Making your pool more energy efficient will save hundreds of dollars to operate it.


Tip # 1 – Replace your single-speed pool pump with a variable-speed unit. New, high-performance models from Zodiac Water Systems and equipment let you run them on low most of the time and crank them up bit by bit only when you need more power to run your accessories. Run your pool pump less. It’s not necessary to run it around the clock, most manufacturers recommend running it between 8 and 10 hours a day in the summer and about half that in the winter.

Tip # 2 – Put a timer on the pump so it automatically shuts off after your set hours, and set it to run only when you’re paying off-peak rates.

Tip # 3 – Switch to LEDs, which use up to 75 percent less energy than your traditional incandescent underwater lights. LEDs last for years and come in multiple colours as well as white.

Tip # 4 – Keep your chemicals in balance. If you don’t, your filter can run all day and night and the water will never sparkle

Tip # 5 – Clean trap baskets, filters, pool walls and floor regularly. Clogged baskets and filters can prevent the water from flowing freely, and will slow down the filtering process. The harder the pump has to work to keep the pool clean, the more you’ll pay to run it.

Benefits of Zodiac Pool Equipment

  • Eco friendly
  • Energy efficient
  • Innovative technology

Here at Gold Coast Family Pools and Spas we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service and reliable pool equipment to help you get the most out of your pooling system. Zodiacs water systems and equipment are constantly adapting to the changes in technology to provide energy efficient products to the market. Not only is this better for the environment, but it saves you money on your electricity bill!

What’s more, with Zodiacs office based on the Gold Coast, your new pool cleaning products will be ready to use in no time, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your pool with your family!

Do you want the most energy efficient and advanced pool equipment? Then contact us today at Gold Coast Family Pools and Spas on 07 557 364 55 and enjoy saving this summer!