Southern California Edison customers with swimming pools can take advantage of a $200 cash rebate when they purchase a new variable-speed pool pump and motor, it was announced.
The rebates are available for single-family residential customers who purchase a new pool pump between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year, according to SCE. The pump must be installed by Feb. 28, 2013.
According to the South Bay Environmental Services Center announcement, made in a recent news release, a pool's pump and motor operates every day of the year, regardless of whether the pool is in use.
A single-speed motor for an average-sized pool with 20,000 gallons of water that needs cycling once per day takes six hours to cycle and can cost about $870 per year to operate, according to SCE. Meanwhile, a variable-speed motor for the same pool takes 12 hours to cycle and costs about $436 per year.
"It takes far less energy to move the large amount of water in a pool slowly rather than quickly," the SBESC said in the news release. "Replacing a power-hungry, single-speed pool pump with a slower, more efficient variable-speed pump is a money-saving, energy-wise decision."
Besides the approximate $400 annual savings on energy bills, the newer pool pumps are quieter, last longer and provide more efficient daily filtration.
To take advantage of the rebate, a pool owner should purchase the new pool equipment and submit the completed and signed rebate application form to SCE.
SCE is also offering rebates on Energy Star-qualified refrigerators, whole house fans, energy efficient single- or two-stage ducted evaporative cooling systems, portable room air conditioners, efficient electric storage water heaters and hybrid electric heat pump water heaters. More information is available on the utility's website.
If you qualify, do you plan to take advantage of SCE's rebate offer?