What is Your Pool Costing You?
There are many direct and indirect costs associated with your pool:
- Electricity costs from running the pump and filter
- High water bill from filling the pool
- Costs of buying the dozen pool chemical types you need
- Costs of equipment like pumps, filters, and covers
- Repairs to that equipment when it breaks down
- Increased insurance costs from the risk pools bring
Your pool also costs you time, as you shop for chemicals, clean it, and call in professionals to fix or maintain it. In our busy modern world, our time is precious. What could you be doing with your time instead of caring for your pool?
Plus, your pool is also costing the environment. Pools use a lot of water, which is especially valuable during a drought. Pools also allow chemicals to evaporate into the air, unless you buy an expensive cover to stop this process. Even saltwater pools allow chlorine to evaporate—the salt is turned into small amounts of chlorine by the filter. Further, the water from all of the pools in a neighborhood actually contribute to coastline erosion—an issue that’s important to people in Oakland.
Few people realize that pools have significant environmental impacts. Share the news with your friends and neighbors, and they may understand your choice to remove your pool a little better.