Significant electricity cost operating a pool pump
Electricity costs throughout the continental United States typically range from 6 to 20 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). In Hawaii, however, electricity costs are almost 50 cents per kWh (2017).
Keeping those figures in mind, a 10HP recirculation pump that operates 24/7/365 (8,760 hours) at a 100% fixed speed would consume approximately 65,000 kWh’s. In the continental United States, the annual operating cost for such a pump would be somewhere between $3,900 and $13,000, depending on electricity costs. In Hawaii, at an astronomical .49 cents per kWh, the cost to operate the same pump would be approximately $31,850 per year. Paradise does have its price!
At the Koloa Landing Resort, located on the island of Kauai, the completion of a massive new condominium development in Spring 2017 included 17 new pumps for filtration and various water features. The completion of this project presented several new challenges, not least of which being the extremely high electrical costs associated with operating the new pumps.