With summer drawing to an end, a lot of pools around Australia are going into hibernation for the Winter. Many people don’t realize that your pool pump can have a significant effect on your energy usage and can account for up to 20% of your power bill each quarter. Worst of all, most pool pumps run during the day, reducing your solar feed-in and minimizing your energy savings.
All appliances in your home that draw electricity are metered according to the “tariff” that they are connected to. This tariff tells your power company what rate you should be charged for. In Queensland, we have a number of different tariffs available, however most houses are usually connected to Tariff 11.
Another easy way to save money on your electricity bills, apart from solar, is to switch the appliances that use a lot of electricity, such as your hot water and pool, to a different tariff such as tariff 33.
Tariff 33 is commonly known as the “Off peak” or “Economy” tariff. In Queensland Tariff 33 is actually 40% cheaper than the standard Tariff 11 (your general energy use tariff).
Tariff 33 is an off-peak tariff (which means electricity is available for 18 hours per day, instead of 24 hours per day). The reason the energy companies will pay you to switch to Tariff 33 is so that they can reduce the peak demand on the energy network between 4pm – 8pm. A your pool pump only runs for between 4 and 8 hours per day you can easily switch to pool pump to Tariff 33 without effecting the quality or needs of your pool.
The total cost of upgrading your pool to Tariff 33 can be expected to be recovered within a year from the time of installation through your energy savings. After switching to Tariff 33 you can expect to save between $120 and $300 on your energy related costs per year.
At Green and Gold Solar, we can help you switch to Tariff 33 along with installing solar power which will maximize your energy savings even further. Check out our solar calculator to see how much you can save with solar power.