If you are one of the many in Florida who own a pool or spa either at home or anywhere else, then you must have heard about the new Florida Pool Energy Law; a law mandating pool owners to junk their old energy-wasting pool pumps and replace it with an high efficient and energy-saving pump. The aim of the law is to minimize the overwhelming monthly energy demand brought by inefficient and low profile pool and spa energy pumps.
The Florida Pool Energy Law
Following the State of California with their pool energy law, Florida has also launched a law banning the sale, use, and installation of the old single-speed pool pumps. The state requires all owners to replace their old version of single-speed pumps (1hp or higher) to a new variable speed pump which will save a lot more energy (approximately 90% savings each month) and will extend the life of the pump greatly.
This law started as House Bill 7135 last 2008 and has faced final editing as House Bill 849 in 2010. During this final edit, codes effective date is now extended from December 31, 2011 to March 15, 2012 to ensure a well-established enforcement.
The Codes Requirements
As to requirements, the state mandates every pool owner to meet the requirements set at the Florida Pool Energy Code. Here is how the requirement is read:
- those filtration pool pump motors in residential homes cannot be types that are split phased, capacitor start-induction run, or split-phased;
- the pumps should be with at least two speeds, it could not be with just one horsepower;
- pool filter pump controls used for multi-speed pumps should also be at least with 2 speeds;
- portable spas should meet a specific standby power;
- the heating systems of spas and pools that are manufactured or used since 2007 and before have no bearing in this laws requirements;
- default pool filtration speed should be at a certain speed rate that will not turnover the pool in a time that is less than six hours and as to high speed override, the default filtration speed should be less than 24 hours.
Believe it or not there are actual true benefits of this upcoming law for consumers.
Did you know that your pool pump is the #1 energy consumption appliance in the home?
Did you know that your existing 1hp pool pump is wasting $807 per year in electric costs?
Florida legislators should be thanked for passing this law. The initial expense is higher, but your return on investment for this new pump will be less than 24 months.
If you are interested in the dramatic energy and maintenance cost savings using a new variable speed pump please contact us today for a free energy evaluation and on-site consultation at (561) 203-0270 or email [email protected].