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5 Steps to a More Sustainable Florida Pool

Grayscale of Pool

You may love your Florida pool but you often don’t think about the energy consumption — and bills — that are a part of pool ownership. You can have a more sustainable pool and reduce your energy costs for the pool by following these five tips.

  1. Install a Solar Pool Heater

    A cool pool is a refreshing treat during a steamy Florida summer, spring, or autumn day. In winter, low temperatures reach the 50s in the Tampa Bay region, so a pool heater helps you enjoy comfortable swimming year-round. However, a gas-fueled or electric-powered pool heater is not the most sustainable way to achieve a cozy pool temperature when the temperatures drop in February.

    If you've been thinking of installing or replacing a pool heater, a solar heater is an excellent choice for performance and sustainability. Solar heaters are easy to install in both pools that have never been heated and pools that have existing heaters.

Solar panels on Hillsborough River home

Solar panels on shingle roof near Hillsborough river

Treasure Island solar panels


New Florida Net-Metering Law

Abundant Energy.com - 6/19/09

The interconnection of solar energy systems in Florida into the power grid has been slightly more than complicated for residential and commercial customers in Co-op or Municipal power areas. Last year the Public Service Commission passed a net-metering law that required all investor owned utilites, such as FPL and Progress Energy to Net-Meter small renewable energy generators. This was not so for small cooperative utilities and Municipal utilties such as Lake Worth Power in Florida, Sarasota.

Links


Useful Websites for Solar & Renewable Energy information:

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy
The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) is the state’s largest renewable energy trade association, with hundreds of businesses and thousands of supporters across Florida and the United States sharing the common cause of advocating for legislative policy that would create a long term, distributed marketplace for renewable energy in Florida. Primarily FARE advocates for small and mid-scale renewable energy projects that are built by independent project developers. The 2012 Legislative Session was FARE’s 5th year, marking a half decade of bringing the critical issue of local job creation and local economic growth through renewable energy to the front and center stage of legislative priorities for Florida. FARE represents roofers, electricians, installers, manufacturers, cities, counties, local elected officials, and individuals all across the state. Help create a level playing field in Florida’s solar industry and join FARE today!
Alliance for Renewable Energy
With a focus on North America, the ARE is an alliance of policymakers, renewable energy experts, citizens, research institutions, and large and small businesses that came together in the Spring of 2008 to rapidly increase the shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
ASES strives to accelerate the development and use of solar and other
renewable energy resources through advocacy, education, research and
collaboration among professionals, policy-makers and the public.
Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA)
Learn about planning, construction and maintenance of your pool. Find a
Pool Pro in your area to assist with questions or service needs you
might have.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The NREL Photovoltaic (PV) research is focused on decreasing the
nation's reliance on fossil-fuel generated electricity by lowering the
cost of delivered electricity and improving the efficiency of PV
modules and systems.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers,
dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects,
consultants, and marketers.
The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
REPP's goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing
credible information, insightful policy analysis, and innovative
strategies amid changing energy markets and mounting environmental
needs by researching, publishing, and disseminat
The Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA)
Founded in 1977, FlaSEIA is a nonprofit professional association of
companies involved in the solar energy industry. Please visit FlaSEIA's
website for the latest updates on the Federal Tax Credits on solar
energy.
The Florida Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation (FlaSEREF)
Throughout this site you'll find the most up-to-date consumer and builder information available on solar technologies.
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)
Sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field, is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The Florida Renewable Energy Association

Dedicated to expanding the use of clean, renewable energy technologies through public awareness, political advocacy, and individual initiative.

Solar Pool Heating Web Sites

Heliocol
Since 1977, Heliocol has manufactured the highest-quality solar pool
heating system in the world. Over 200,000 Heliocol customers worldwide
enjoy a longer swimming season with free heat from the sun. Heliocol
systems heat swimming pools of all types.

Domestic Hot Water Web Sites

TCT Solar
Over the past two decades, thousands of home owners and businesses have
enjoyed the benefits of the PROGRESSIVTUBE solar water heater. It has
earned a reputation of high performance with durable design while
assuring trouble free maintenance with max
Solene Solar Hot Water Systems
Solar water heaters have been performing faithfully for over 20 years -
and with the newest technology in design and manufacturing, your Solene
water heater will be trouble-free for years to come.

Photovoltaics Web Sites

SMA Technologies
SMA Technologies AG was founded in 1981 as a spin-off of the University
in Kassel. The founders pursued their vision of developing and
producing intelligent computer-based control systems for decentralized
energy supply.
Sharp Solar
Sharp Solar produces both single and multicrystalline solar cells,
built with the most efficient cells on the market.
Open Energy Corporation
Open Energy Corporation is a renewable energy (RE) company focused on
the development and commercialization of a portfolio of technologies
capable of delivering low-risk, cost-competitive electricity, fresh
water, and related commodities on a global
Solar World - First class quality manufactured products
As a leading global specialist in solar power technology and
components, Solar World offers their complete series of products which
are manufactured to the highest quality control standards.
Solar is Future
A great animated presentation about how your solar power plant works.