Orson Around the Pool

Energy Corner

Did you know we can approximate how much money you will save on energy each year when you replace your old equipment with new energy efficient equipment?

Did you know, if your swimming pool now sports a 1hp single speed pump, and you purchase a new dual speed pump, you can pay yourself back in as little as five months?

For example, if you run your pool approximately 6 hours each day you could save approximately $454.66 a year after paying back the cost of the energy efficient pump?

If you have a larger single speed pump the savings can be even greater.

Going green can be great for the environment, but it is also great for your wallet.

June 25, 2009 at 11:15 PM Comments (0)

Summertime: and the Living is Easy!

How quickly time flies. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were getting ready for Winter and here it is Summer again.

Summer brings out the swimmer in us and the old bathing suits we stored away last year. Summer also brings out our old enemies, algae and harmful microbes.

To battle these enemies, we must set up a sanitation treatment program (algaecide program) that fits the needs of your pool.

Since each pool is a little different, we must design a specific program that eliminates these dastardly enemies.

The improper treatment of swimming pool water can destroy your pool and cause severe health issues.

To protect yourself and others, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention)  has recommended three “PLEAs” for swimmers:

  • Please don’t swim when you have diarrhea.  You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.  This is especially important for kids in diapers.  Even swim diapers leak.
  • Please don’t swallow the pool water.  Avoid getting water in your mouth.
  • Please practice good hygiene.  Shower in warm water before swimming, wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.  Germs on your body end up in the water.

And three “PLEAs” for parents :

  • Please take your kids on regular bathroom breaks and also check diapers often.  Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean it’s too late.
  • Please change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area, not at poolside.  Germs can spread to surfaces and objects around the pool and cause illness.
  • Please wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and warm water before entering the pool  Everyone has invisible amounts of fecal matter on their bottoms that end up in the pool
June 25, 2009 at 11:14 PM Comments (0)

CPO® Certified

Clifton Orson successfully completed his training as a Certified Pool Operator (CPO® ).  As part of our continuing effort to maintain pool care proficiency, this two day class covered all aspects of new technologies and issues as they enter our field.

Topics like UV disinfection, cryptosporidium outbreaks, automated probe technologies, more advanced test kits, new data on filtration, etc. are very important and were not covered to any great extent even years ago.  It is important that professionals be exposed to a broad operations review to refresh knowledge in certain areas.

Regulations change periodically. A portion of the CPO® certification course covers local and federal regulations to make sure that we are up to date on these changes.

June 25, 2009 at 11:13 PM Comments (0)

We’re Water Aware! Are You?

When you and your family are enjoying your pool or hot tub at home, “being water aware” will add to the experience and keep everyone safe.  Here are three basic tips:

1. Always follow water safety rules!

2. Never Swim Alone!

3. Be sure there’s adult supervision with no distractions!

June 25, 2009 at 11:11 PM Comments (0)

Swimming Pool Owners Going Green

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a perfect pool world where our energy bills for pool operation were less and we had lots of disposable income to take a trip, buy a new car, or just put it in the bank for a rainy day? Wait a minute. We do live in a perfect pool world. Well, nearly perfect.

Did you know if your pool sports a single-speed pump, and you purchase a dual speed pump, you could decrease your yearly energy consumption and reduce your energy costs associated with the filtration of your pool by as much as 75%?

Did you know if you replaced your pressure pool cleaner with a certain robotic pool cleaner you could reduce your energy consumption and reduce your energy costs associated with the pool cleaner by as much as 94%?

Did you know it can cost as much as $500.00 a month to heat an  average backyard pool with an inefficient heater?

Did you know with an energy efficient heater you can reduce your energy costs associated with heating your pool by as much as 80%?

With the energy savings associated with an energy efficient heater, nearly everyone could heat their pool to their desired temperature.

Today there are many people talking about going green and reducing our carbon footprint. Many people believe going green is the only way to save the earth for our children and grandchildren.

Whether you believe in energy conservation or not, it is our duty to bring these green alternatives to your attention and the savings associated with these green alternatives, and let you decide for yourself if going green makes sense for you and your family.

If you decide to go green, you can go a little green or you can go big.

The best course of action, before you make a decision, is to determine the cost and the savings associated with the change.

If you have any questions about going green, or how much you can save each year on your pool operation by going green, please contact us.

We look forward to making your pool experience as pleasurable and as cost friendly as possible.

June 25, 2009 at 11:10 PM Comments (0)