Residential swimming pool pumps use significant amounts of energy. At present about 10 per cent of Australian homes have a swimming pool yet they contribute to approximately 0.5 per cent of Australia’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions (~ 3 Mt of CO2).
Conventional pool pumping systems utilise fixed speed AC electric motors. Variable speed motors capable of running at slower speeds than conventional motors are a simple energy efficiency retrofit that can deliver energy and carbon reductions of about 75 per cent. Pool pumps are also a significant with respect to their impact on peak demand. This project aims to investigate the technical and economic opportunities of a number of pool pump systems to establish the optimum system that can deliver: reduced energy usage and cost to consumers, minimise impact on the grid in terms of peak demand and minimise carbon emissions.