This is a follow-up blog post from our previous blog on solar pool pumps. We will be discussing what they are and what they can do and in this video I’d like to address some of the questions and also just say thank you to all that has watched those videos and a special thank you to all those customers that have gone ahead and had a solar pool pump installed.
In this blog post we want to cover some of the questions that have been posted with regard to some common questions. Obviously the most common one is how much will a solar pool pump cost? Which we will come to. And then another really common one is ‘can I run my existing pool pump on solar’. So that is one of the questions that I want to start with and I’ll answer that now.
So, can I run my existing pool pump on solar? No. Not without an investment in batteries, inverters and some other equipment that you will need to run your AC – Alternating Current pump on a DC power – Direct Current power. That is what solar panels and batteries work on. You will need an inverter. If you are looking at installing a full hybrid solar system in your home, and obviously there is a big demand at the moment and I foresee a ping of big demand due to load shedding and also the cost of electricity and energy security and a lot of other things. We will discuss this a little at the end of the video and there will be another video coming soon really diving deep into hybrid solar systems and what is on offer in South Africa. What we at Handyman Homes can offer and that sort of thing. But we will touch on that at the end of the video but for now the system that we offer and what the previous videos were on is a DC pump.
Solar pool pumps are an innovative and sustainable solution for keeping your pool clean and running efficiently. These pumps use solar panels to convert sunlight into energy, which powers the pump to circulate water and keep your pool filtered and sanitized.
One of the main benefits of using solar pool pumps is the significant cost savings that come with them. Traditional pool pumps can consume a lot of electricity, resulting in high energy bills. However, solar pool pumps operate entirely on renewable energy, meaning you can save money on your utility bills while reducing your carbon footprint. In addition, solar pool pumps require minimal maintenance and have a long lifespan, further contributing to their cost-effectiveness.
Another advantage of solar pool pumps is their environmental friendliness. Unlike traditional pool pumps, solar pool pumps do not produce harmful emissions that contribute to air pollution and global warming. By using renewable energy, they are a sustainable solution that helps protect the environment for future generations.
Solar pool pumps are also easy to install and use. They come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate different pool sizes and shapes. The installation process typically involves mounting the solar panels and connecting them to the pump, and once set up, the pump operates automatically, adjusting to the amount of sunlight available. This means you can spend less time worrying about maintenance and more time enjoying your pool.
In addition to their practical benefits, solar pool pumps can also add value to your property. As more and more homeowners look for sustainable and eco-friendly solutions, installing a solar pool pump can make your home more attractive to potential buyers. It can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your pool area, with sleek and modern designs that blend seamlessly into the environment.
And then of course the other big questions is how much is a system going to cost. Now the cost of the pump varies on the size of the pool. What we are seeing from a small pool, something around 30,000 litre. You are looking at a cost of around R35,000 plus VAT. So that is the full system with installation. Going up to a large pool that is around 60,000 litre. You are looking at a cost of around R46,000 plus VAT. So these systems aren’t cheap but when you look at a hybrid system, you can quickly spend a lot more money just to power your pool pump. So by having your pool pump separately, one; it is going to reduce the size of the hybrid system you are going to have in your home. So, that is something you would need to work out. We can offer an energy survey to give you an idea what is going to be your best option and I think another thing we will discuss is solar geysers.
Cost of a solar pool pump in Cape Town and Johannesburg
|Size of Pool||Approximate cost|
|30,000 litre||R35,000 plus VAT. Full system with installation.|
|60,000 litre||R46,000 plus VAT. Full system with installation.|
Table: Estimated Cost per pool size
We came up with these ideas and this system before load shedding was such an issue as it is at the moment. Obviously, we designed it more as a cost saving system and although they are expensive, we would estimate a 15 to 20 year life-cycle on those solar pump systems. So, they do pay for themselves. Then following onto hybrid: Handyman Homes now offers hybrid systems, so that is a fully integrated system, your inverter, your batteries, your solar panels fully installed. We are covering Cape Town and Johannesburg for that service. But unfortunately those are the only areas we can get to at this time. We do hope to expand but that is where we are at the moment.
In conclusion, solar pool pumps are an excellent investment for any pool owner looking to save money, reduce their environmental impact, and enjoy a hassle-free swimming experience. With their affordability, ease of use, and long-lasting benefits, solar pool pumps are a sustainable solution that can help you take a dive into energy savings.
So, if you are interested in hybrid solar systems or you are interested in the pool pumps or in solar geysers, which we also offer, then please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form alongside.