10 ways to Green Your Swimming pool
When the Romans invented the pool, and generations after them interpreted it, the experience of swimming was intended to be as natural as water itself. But with chemical-bound materials everywhere in pools, that experience has been compromised along with the environment. Today there is a new generation of natural, environmentally friendly approaches to pools.
Today’s options include underwater emitters that use sound waves to keep algae from growing; special plants that eliminate contaminants; saltwater that produces natural chlorine; and ionizers that use metals, ozone, or ultraviolet light.
These pools are built using natural materials rather than manufactured products and chemicals.
Among these are tiles made from recycled glass and water-based pool paint that reduces outgassing of chemicals.
Solar panels use the sun's warmth to supply heat.
They save energy and all the electronics are located outside the water for safety.
Heaters, filters, pumps, and timers all use energy, so buy the most efficient ones possible.
A good cover reduces water and heat evaporation by up to 95 percent.
Using smaller, higher-efficiency elements; setting them on automatic time clocks; and keeping them clean and from leaking can reduce energy output by as much as 75 percent.
You get to share the costs and gain a sense of community.
Splashed-out and run-off water will keep plants watered without using additional resources, and the pool will additionally take on a more natural look.