Whether you’ve owned a pool for years or have recently purchased a home with a pool, you may be wondering, “How much does a pool cost annually?”.  Maintaining a swim-ready pool does require an investment in pool equipment, chemicals, the energy required to run the pool pump, and possibly a pool cleaning service.  While some expenses are necessary for keeping your pool sparkling, there are ways to save money on pool care. We’ll tell you how!

Pool Free of Debris = Money Savings for YOU

One of the best ways to keep your annual pool costs down is to keep the pool free of debris.  Leaves, flowers, pollen, grass clippings, bugs, and even suntan lotions and sweat can all lead to bacteria and algae growth in your pool.  By minimizing the amount of foreign materials in your pool water, you can run your pump less frequently and spend less on chemicals and expensive algae-killing treatments. The Solar-Breeze NX is a worthwhile investment for keeping your pool free of debris.  This robotic pool skimmer is powered completely free of charge by the sun.  It works almost around the clock to capture debris on the surface, before it sinks and begins to decay. It also houses chlorine tablets to continuously dispense sanitizer as it moves around the pool.

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Assuming you have the basics in place – pool pump, vacuum, Solar-Breeze NX, water test kit and a brush on a pole for cleaning the walls of your pool, you’ll need to purchase chemicals on a regular basis.  According to HomeAdvisor.com, a 25-pound container of 3-inch tablets Chlorine tablets costs about $60 to $70.  You might also need Muriatic Acid ($7.70 per gallon) or Sodium Bicarbonate to adjust the pH level in your pool. A 6-pound container of sodium bicarbonate costs about $8.

The energy required to run the pool pump is another big factor in how much a pool costs annually.  In sunbelt states, this cost is a close second to air conditioning the home.  To calculate the cost of running the pool pump, you need to know the kWh consumption for your particular pool pump. Multiply that cost by the number of hours you run the pool pump.  Check your energy bill to determine the cost of electricity in your area, and you should be able to figure out how much of your bill is going to power the pump.  If your solar-powered robotic skimmer is keeping your pool debris-free, you should be able to cut the run time of your pump significantly and save money on pool care at the same time.

If you decide to hire a professional to clean your pool on a regular basis, you can expect to spend $75 to $100 per hour, which can add up quickly!  Services like opening and closing the pool, or cleaning up an algae bloom can be costly for pool owners.

We’re committed to helping pool owners keep annual costs down by utilizing solar power and innovative robotic technology to maintain swim-ready pools year-round.