Home energy auditors may be well-versed in the energy-saving value
of thermostats and insulation, but many neglect to include the pool
in their energy assessments of homes.
To raise awareness of the green potential of efficient pool design
and equipment, industry experts are offering energy efficiency
seminars across the nation.
Through these classes, the efficiency experts aim to train pool
professionals and home energy auditors to work together on
improving the eco-friendliness of their projects.
Jeff Farlow, program manager of energy initiatives for Pentair
Water Pool and Spa in Sanford, N.C., has been running specialized
classes in states as diverse as California and Florida. Some of the
sessions are targeted at home energy professionals; others are
aimed at pool builders, service technicians and retailers. Joining
him for some of these classes is Rodney McCall, an IntelliFlo field
application specialist for Pentair.
The seminars geared toward home energy auditors often are organized
with the help of local utility companies. The goal of these classes
is to increase awareness of the energy-saving potential of, say, a
variable-speed pool pump or solar cover — devices rarely
mentioned in home energy audits.
Meanwhile, classes designed for the pool industry encourage techs,
builders and retailers to dialogue with home energy auditors, in
the hope that clear communication between these groups of
professionals will result in greater energy savings for
Farlow said awareness of the energy-saving potential of pools has
begun to grow among home energy auditors, but a great deal of work
remains to be done before the pool and home energy auditing
communities work together as a matter of course.
Ultimately, Farlow and McCall want to help home energy auditors
think beyond the walls and roof of the house, and work with pool
professionals on evaluating and improving pool energy usage.
While an inefficient pool may consume more energy than a home does,
an energy-efficient pool can be much more environmentally friendly
than the process of driving across town — or across the
country — for leisure.