If you were to do one thing to make your pool better in every way it should be to upgrade to a variable speed pool pump. So what makes a variable speed pool pump so special? Great question; we’re so glad you asked!

You’re probably familiar with pool pumps that only operate at one or two preset speeds that can’t be changed. These single- and two-speed pool pumps have a key disadvantage when it comes to energy efficiency, as their preset speeds are almost always faster than necessary to accomplish most pool tasks, especially for routine filtration. Simply put, these pumps are wasting a lot of energy.

On the other hand, variable speed pumps have electronic controls that allow them to run at any speed set by the user. They typically have three to eight preprogrammed speeds that are designed for various tasks, like routine filtration or operating water features. Because of their advanced technology, these pumps are helping you save energy.

We know that gallon for gallon, pool pumps move water far more efficiently at lower operating speeds in the same way that cars are more fuel efficient when driven at lower speeds. With variable speed pool pump technology pool pumps to work at much slower speeds to accomplish everyday tasks, giving pool owners like you energy savings up to 90%. That’s the equivalent of cutting your energy bill by up to $1,500 per year! *

In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have recognized Pentair with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award for the past six years, acknowledging Pentair’s continued leadership and contributions to the ENERGY STAR program. Pentair is the only pool pump manufacturer to achieve the Sustained Excellence designation. Because since 2007, Pentair pool pumps have saved pool owners $1.9 billion in operating costs, translating into 18 billion kilowatt hours of energy saved.

Learn more about the advantages of variable speed pool pumps and the commitment to ENERGY STAR here.

* Savings based on variable speed pump compared to a single-speed pump running 12 hours per day at an average of $0.16 per kWh in a 20,000 gallon pool. Actual savings may vary based on local utility rates, pool size, pump run time, pump horsepower, pump rpm, plumbing size and length, pump model, service factor and other hydraulic factors. Individual Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) scores and savings may vary by model.