Swimming Pool Awards
This isn’t something we’re giving lip service to. Receiving swimming pool awards in Phoenix is a big deal to us.
Our new building in Chandler was the city’s first commercial enterprise to use a grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) system. At this writing it is the largest in Chandler. This supplies a good deal of our electric energy. We buy the balance of our electricity through SRP’s EarthWise Energy program. The net result: all our electric consumption is from green, renewable sources, with much of it being produced right up there on our roof.
CDC Pools PV Solar System
On March 21, 2008, CDC Pools was recognized for its “environmental excellence and earth-friendly energy solutions” by the EarthWise Solar Energy program of Salt River Project. That’s Chico Hunter, SRP’s EarthWise Program Manager, with Roger Runyon, one of CDC’s owners.
What you can do
Everybody wants to be ecologically responsible. All of us should. But what does that mean when it comes to remodeling your pool? The first thing many people think about is water: draining and refilling your pool. And yes, it does require a lot of water; all the more reason to consider one of our harder quartz or Baja Pebble surfaces which almost doubles the life of your new surface. Plus, with the harder surfaces, you’re less likely to have to drain and acid wash your pool (an extra drain and refill most plaster pools go through).
Want to save that much water? Or ten times that much?
Let’s say you’re redoing a large pool: you’ll be using, probably, 14,000 gallons worth of new water. How could you save that much in other ways so your net water usage won’t go up?
- Fix that leak: You can save up to 8,000 gallons per month by fixing a leaky toilet (www.grinningplanet.com) or any leak, for that matter (faucet, hose, irrigation system). In fact, toilet flushing accounts for 42% of the water we use each month.
- Reduce your lawn watering by 10% this year (your lawn won’t miss that small adjustment). A 1,000 square foot lawn will use 145,000 gallons in one year (that’s 10 pools worth of water every year)! Or, consider replacing your lawn with synthetic turf or one of the many Xeriscaping ground cover options.
- Use a broom or leaf blower to clean your patio or driveway, not a hose.
- Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
One more way to be ecologically responsible
Consider replacing your pool’s pump. If your pool’s interior surface needs replacing, you’re pump is probably old as well. Older pool pumps can be the second largest user of electricity in the average Southwestern home. The newer pumps are significantly more energy efficient, often times paying for themselves in energy saving in just a few years.