how do we find out how much an electric bill is with a swimming pool. Is there a way to caculate this?

Asked by Kim Stowe, Central, Arlington, TX Tue Mar 29, 2011

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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Mar 29, 2011
A typical pump for a swimming pool is a 1-1/2 HP electric motor. These typically consume less than 2 kW. If your swimming pool motor ran continuously for a whole month, it would use about 1400 kW-hr. Rates in Oncor tend to be around $0.10/kW-hr. So, worst case running your pump 24x7 you're talking $140/mo.

You will find, however, that most people run the pump about 6 hours a day and the actual consumed energy is only about $30/mo. You can pay more for electricity - some providers are quite high. I didn't use my provider's rate (Champion), but it's only about 9 cents/kW-hr.

Remember to add the cost of the pool light, if you have one. A 100W main bulb will knock down 70 kW-hr worst case 24x7, which is about 5% of the pump. You'd have to leave it on all the time, and you're probably only lighting the pool a couple of hours a night or just on demand. So, it's probably negligible in comparison to the pump.
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Greg Fowler, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Mar 29, 2011

You've received many great answers. Electricity is usually one of the cheaper elements of a pool. Chemicals and water will likely be more expensive than the electricty required to run the pump.

As others have suggested, requesting copies of the utilities from the existing homeowner is a great place to start. You can also request their water bill at the same time.

Good luck!
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Your buyers agent and request what utilities bills would be HOWEVER is based on family and lifestyle

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Shawn Ramsey, Agent, Pantego, TX
Tue Mar 29, 2011
This is tricky. you can ask the home owner, but that wont even give an accurate picture. If you are the type of person that uses fans in the summer and the home owner keeps the termostat at 70 degrees, your electric bills for the same property will be drastically different.

So not even counting the pool there will be major difrences.
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Rosalind Boo…, Agent, Allen, TX
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Hello Kim. I would contact electric company for tjat specific address to see about getting the kilowats used. Also, contact previous owner, if applicable, and get coipes of bills. If all else fails, contact Riverbend Sandler Pools and see if they can provide any info.
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Sloan Yorek, Agent, Fort Worth, TX
Tue Mar 29, 2011
This will differ per home because of many factors: age, materials, condition, electricity provider, frequency of heating/cleaning/vacuuming, equipment, etc. Best way is to ask if a home owner of one of the homes that you like with a pool can share some of their most recent utility bills with you.

If I may be of further assistance, let me know.
Kind Regards,
Sloan Yorek
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