Variable Speed Pool Pump Law (Florida Energy Efficiency Code – March 2012)

Florida Variable Speed Pool Pump Law

Attention: All Residential Pool Owners

As State Licensed Swimming Pool Professionals, our goal is to keep all our pool owners informed about the new Florida variable speed pool pump law enacted March 15, 2012 that will affect all swimming pool owner in Florida.

Are you tired of paying high electric bills?

Did you know that your pool pump is the #1 energy consumption appliance in the home?

Did you know that a 1.5hp pool pump is wasting $807 per year in electric costs?

Save Money Today on Your Monthly Electric Bill!Pentair IntelliFLO variable speed pool pump

Upgrading to an energy efficient retrofit is a wise investment. The attached savings calculator shows the comparison of a single speed pump to the Pentair IntelliFlo VS pump variable speed pump and the revolutionary differences. You will have the fastest return on investment above any other energy saving appliance. Guaranteed energy savings every month!

The Cost of Doing Nothing

A single speed 1.5hp pump consumes approximately $900 worth of electricity per year. In five years it will cost $4,500 to run that pump.

That’s the cost of doing nothing – – versus a new energy efficient pump that may only cost you $100 a year to operate. So just looking at the energy costs, a homeowner is looking at spending $500 over five years with a variable speed pool pump compared to $4,500 with an old single speed pump. Thats a $4,000 differential or SAVINGS.

Our company has earned the status as a GEOSMART AUTHORIZED CONTRACTOR for the Home Energy Efficiency Finance Program. We are now able to provide all our customers an option to finance this new pump

Basically there would be no out-of-pocket expense to acquire the new pump. Begin the savings now and instead of paying approximately $70 per month to your FP&L bill you can apply this savings toward the new pump.

Contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches if you have questions about the variable speed pool pump law or are interested in a FREE energy saving analysis. We are pool service professionals and can answer any questions or concerns that you may have.  Please dont hesitate to ask.

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Pool & Spa Energy Code & Information

Pool & Spa Energy Code InformationThe Florida Building Commission has adopted changes to the Pool & Spa Energy code. The original pool industry code that was done by Jennifer Hatfield, who is the FSPA Government Relations Consultant was changed to clarify that controls that operate at two speeds or higher must be installed with the use of a pump motor that also operates at two speeds or higher. The changes excluded the reference to the first and second Florida standards. Florida standards 1 and 2 are replaced with the codes referencing portable spas, residential pools, and underground spas. The code provides energy efficient standards that contractors must abide by when addressing energy efficiency during installation. All of the above mentioned amendments that were adopted will be added to the 2010 Florida Building code. This new code will take effect on March 15, 2012.

The information in the HB 849 Building code addresses language referencing the changes effective March 15, 2012. Pool safety was mentioned as one of the priority bills of concern. This bill was added to the building code. Pool safety laws references and suggests gravity draining systems for all pool systems, and that gravity draining systems don’t require regular maintenance. The suggestion for gravity draining systems was intended for pool systems designed or installed prior to the year 1993.

The FSPA also has consumer brochures available online for consumers and manufacturers regarding pool industry code, and pool safety laws. This brochure is a handy informational tool that contains information about licensing, and energy use information. This handy booklet also contains energy saving tips, and tips on energy efficiency. Click Link-(PDF)

The Florida Swimming Pool Association adopted an Energy Efficient Flowchart to use effective August of 2011. This flow chart applies to pool pumps and motors. All manufacturers must meet the new requirements of this flow chart by December 31, 2011. This allows all manufacturers an opportunity to implement the new policies prior to March 15, 2012. Enforcement actions will take place after March 15, 2012 if pool pumps and motors aren’t in compliance by this date. Click Link-(PDF)

The FSPA website also lists the Florida building code spa and pool energy proposals. These proposals suggest modifications for residential and commercial pooling. It is proposed that all pool heaters meet the minimum efficiency requirements, and suggests that pools have automatic time switches to control the pool heaters. All heated pools that heat more than ninety degrees Fahrenheit, must contain a vapor pool cover at the pool level. All public pools must follow certain guidelines pertaining to filtration and circulation.

What You Should Know About the New Law March 2012

We know how frustrating it can be to have another law passed and now it effects your pool. Believe it or not this law will actually benefit homeowners greatly by reducing their FP&L bills up to 90% from their pool pump usage.

Estimate your savings based on the size of your pool, your current pump (or one you’re considering) Just click on the Pool Pump Energy Savings Calculator for yourself and see the savings that many of our customers have been experiencing for the past (3) years.

IntelliFlo Variable Speed is the newest member of the IntelliFlo pump family with more features than ever before!
The IntelliFlo Variable Speed features 8 speeds with a programmable time clock for each speed and an LCD screen that displays actual wattage consumption and speed settings. It is the perfect solution for customers who want the savings and performance provided by dependable IntelliFlo technology with integrated time clock settings for code compliancy or installations without automation systems. This new IntelliFlo offers the same reliable performance and energy-savings that has made the IntelliFlo the best selling variable speed pump on the planet.IntelliFlo Variable Speed features include:

  • Energy savings of up to 90%.
  • Offers 8 speed settings and on-board scheduling LCD screen with keypad for easy programming.
  • Ultra-efficient permanent magnet motor design reduces noise and vibration for greater efficiency and longer pump life.
  • Totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) design and low average operating speed makes IntelliFlo the quietest pump on earth.
  • Fully compatible with IntelliTouch, EasyTouch, SunTouch and other brands of digital pool/spa controls for managing pump, heating, lighting, spa jets and water features.
  • Built in diagnostics protect the pump for longer service life.

The new IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump will replace the IntelliFlo VS-3050 model for the same price.