Learn about the new DOE regulations regarding inefficient lighting
Learn about the new DOE regulations regarding inefficient lighting
2 days ago
April 22, 2023
New Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps, recently passed by the U.S. Department of Energy, are set to impact the pool and spa industry. These regulations, which apply to all lamps emitting between 310 and 3,300 lumens, are designed to manage energy usage in various applications and industries, including pools and spas.
Under these regulations, all lamps falling within the specified lumen range must emit at least 45 lumens per watt. This requirement applies to both traditional lamps and LED lights, although many LED products currently comply with the standards.
It’s important to note that the enforcement timeline for these regulations is more stringent than previous rules. As of January 1, 2023, manufacturers are no longer permitted to produce, sell, or import non-compliant lights. Violators may face penalties for non-compliance.
How Department of Energy Regulations Will Impact The Pool Industry
To get a better understanding of the new regulations we spoke with Ben Forrest of PAL Lighting, one of the industry leaders in the pool lighting sector.
“The bottom line is the Department of Energy has made a decision that they want to introduce legislation to stop the continual use of really inefficient lighting,” explained Forrest, “most importantly, this is not just for the pool industry. This is right across the entire lighting sector and electrical sector nationwide. The legislation relates to what they call GSL’s, or General Service Lamps, defined as lamps that either have an anti-screw fitting or pin connections.”
“It doesn’t include nicheless lights or the niche lights that are full fixture lights. It does include LED lamps, but any light that is not a lamp is not included under this. So the obvious target for the Department of Energy is the incandescent lamps,” said Forrest.
“What they’ve said is that any lamp that doesn’t produce at least 45 lumens of light per watt is not considered energy efficient, and it’s not sufficient to pass the legislation. Now, that will rule out virtually every incandescent lamp immediately, and it will rule out a lot of the LED lamps,” explained Forrest.
What About a “Grace Period”?
What this news means is that distributors and retailers are also subject to these regulations. As of March 1, 2023, retailers are prohibited from selling non-compliant lights. Companies selling non-compliant lights between March 1 and July 31 will face reduced penalties, but starting August 1, full penalties will be imposed on distributors and retailers who continue to sell non-compliant lights.
“They’re giving a grace period where you’re not going to get penalized too bad or a reduced penalty period, which may be nothing more than a written warning. Most likely that’s what it’s going to be for first offenses, but if you’re caught repeatedly, they’re going to start issuing fines,” warns Forrest.
These regulations are part of the DOE’s efforts to promote energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in various industries, including the pool and spa industry. It’s essential for pool contractors and consumers to be aware of and comply with these new standards to avoid penalties and ensure environmentally responsible practices.
Listen to our entire conversation with Ben Forrest of PAL Lighting and learn more about the new DOE lighting regulations on the Pool Magazine podcast.
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2 weeks ago
April 14, 2023
A recent story that went mainstream in media outlets puts the pool industry in a rather negative light. It discusses a study published in the journal Nature Sustainability that highlights what it considers the impact of the wealthy population’s excessive use of water in urban areas. While the study focused on Cape Town in South Africa, the authors suggest that their findings are relevant to other cities with high inequality, including those that have faced serious water shortages due to droughts and overconsumption in the past two decades. The article mentions cities like Miami, Mexico City, Sydney, London, and Beijing as examples.
New Study Puts Swimming Pools in The Crosshairs
The study, which used interviews and focus groups to model water consumption, found that the two wealthiest groups of residents in Cape Town were responsible for more than half of the city’s water consumption, despite representing less than 15 percent of the population. Most of their water usage was attributed to nonessential activities, such as watering their gardens, filling their swimming pools, and washing cars. In contrast, the water use among the rest of the population focused on basic requirements, such as drinking and hygiene.
While the article acknowledges that the study’s findings are relevant to other cities with high inequality, it does more to generate negativity about swimming pools than it speaks to direct instances of where this may be occurring in the United States. In general, outlets like the Washington Post picked up the story and ran their version with a byline “Rich people’s swimming pools are fueling water crises in cities”, which is not even remotely accurate. The story was also picked up by Time, NBC, and many other news sources.
Certainly, the news the last two previous years discussed the implications of a drought plaguing California, but after a winter of tremendous rains and snowfall, more than half the state is now free from the drought. Most experts agree that we’re in a much different place than we were a year ago and are no longer in a drought. In fact, according to the most recent studies, there are no areas of the state of California currently impacted by severe or extreme drought.
Seeing that the water crisis was primarily limited to California, it does not make much sense that news outlets would perpetuate a story such as this. While there is an ongoing drought in places like Kansas and Florida, the only U.S. city the study cited was Miami, which is ironic because the city of Miami is not currently affected by severe drought. The fact is, when this type of news goes mainstream it can have potentially negative implications and socio-economic impact on the pool industry.
An article in Fortune cites the Nature Sustainability study and leads with the fact that a drought in the Colorado River Basin threatens the water supply of seven states. Well, California is the biggest consumer of that water, most of which is earmarked for irrigation and that has very little to do with people filling their swimming pools. As mentioned, California is no longer in a drought, so this should greatly mitigate that water usage.
Let’s look at the facts. Pools actually are a very important part of our society. The swimming pool market was valued at $3.18 billion in 2022. The workforce this industry employs comprises over 50,000 pool construction workers and over 92,500 in the pool service profession in the United States alone (IBISWorld – 2023).
Swimming pools have been shown to increase the value of a home by up to 7%, homes with pools sell on average for an additional $28,945. Putting in a swimming pool rather than a lawn is actually a smarter way to save water according to Stanford Magazine who said, “If you’re interested in which uses less water, the answer is quite simple: a pool. A lawn requires 0.6 gallons of water per square foot each day, compared to 0.3 gallons for a pool.”
Overall, the study highlights the impact of excessive water consumption by wealthy individuals during water shortages in Cape Town, South Africa. Unfortunately, it does not tell the complete story, at least not to the extent for major news outlets to lead with it as a feature for U.S. readers to absorb.
While preserving water resources appears to remain a hot-button issue with news outlets, supporting local businesses and jobs continues to be something we cannot look away from, especially right now. Ultimately when consumers read news of this nature it does put negative connotations about pools in their minds. Policymakers in particular may need to consider the source of this news and who this study was based on.
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2 weeks ago
April 12, 2023
PHOENIX,April 11, 2023/PRNewswire/ —Leslie’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:LESL), the largest and most trusted direct-to-consumer brand in the U.S. pool and spa care industry, is turning 60. In addition to celebrating six decades of success delivering expert pool and spa care advice to consumers, the company also announced the opening of its 1,000thstore, surpassing its 50-million water test milestone, and shares a useful list of pool facts.
Leslie’s was founded in 1963 byPhil Leslie Jr.in a single location inLos Angeles. The retailer has grown to a 1,000-store chain across 37 states, providing pool owners and professionals with everything they need to keep pools and spas clean, safe, and beautiful. The company opened its 1,000thstore last week inNorth Port, Florida.
Leslie’s has a well-earned reputation for superior customer service and high-quality products, but its most valuable offering is expert pool and spa care advice from knowledgeable in-store team members and professional equipment installation and repair from more than 200 certified service technicians.
Helping pool owners achieve a clean, safe, and beautiful pool is Leslie’s top priority, and its proprietary AccuBlue®in-store water test with customized treatment plan is key to the retailer’s success. Leslie’s AccuBlue water test is a complimentary in-store service that takes just 60 seconds to deliver a 10-point water test, a pool health score, and a corresponding treatment plan. The AccuBlue technology is a product of Leslie’s 60 years of water test experience and the accumulated data from more than 50 million tests. The AccuBlue water test and treatment plan is the most comprehensive water testing solution in the industry – and it’s provided for free at all Leslie’s stores.
In addition to free water tests, Leslie’s also offers:
- Free in-store inspection and repair of pool equipment, such as pool cleaners. Pool owners simply bring in the non-working or malfunctioning item to a Leslie’s store, and a certified on-staff expert will assess and fix it. That’s free labor; shoppers only pay for the cost of parts and materials.
- Free Pool Perks Program – members receive 5% in rewards on all purchases and services, free shipping on lesliespool.com orders, extended warranties on select equipment, and exclusive offers and promotions.
- Free expert advice from 3,500-plus knowledgeable associates, as well as helpful online resources including more than 1,500 how-to articles and YouTube videos covering everything you need to know to care for your pool.
Noteworthy Pool Facts
In celebration of its 60 years of providing expert advice, Leslie’s shared the following list of interesting facts about pool care:
- Water chemistry is different across various regions of the U.S. and water sources from local municipalities or wells can deliver hard water, soft water, higher levels of metals, nitrates, and increased calcium, among other nuances. Local Leslie’s in-store pool experts have regional know-how to help address localized issues.
- Every pool should cycle its entire volume of water through the filtration system at least once a day to remove debris, dirt, and germs. It can take as many as eight or more hours per day to fully cycle through, but this doesn’t have to happen in one continuous cycling process.
- Pool care can beeco-friendlyand there are many modern solutions to save energy, water, and the use of pool chemicals.
- Solar coversare a simple way to reduce pool water evaporation by up to 95% — saving water and money! This easy solution helps mitigate the loss of pool water, which can evaporate at one-quarter inch per day in the summertime heat, more depending on the region.
- Variable speed pumps use far less energy and are a cost-effective alternative to single-speed pumps, which are among the highest energy-consuming appliances for a home – second only to an air conditioning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading from a single speed pump to a variable speed pump can reduce energy use by up to 90%.
- A well-maintained pool and pool water is not only safe, clean, and beautiful, it can use less water than an irrigated common-sized lawn.
- Automatic pool cleaners make cleaning a pool a breeze. Energy-efficient robotic pool cleaners are totally self-contained units that have their own built-in pump and filter to clean the pool quickly and efficiently.
- Pets – especially dogs – also enjoy pools. It’s important to test your water after your pets indulge in pool time.
- Leslie’s is conveniently located nationwide. There is a Leslie’s pool store within 20 minutes of 80% of the pools in the continental U.S.
Founded in 1963, Leslie’s is the largest and most trusted direct-to-consumer brand in the U.S. pool and spa care industry. The Company serves the aftermarket needs of residential and professional consumers with an extensive and largely exclusive assortment of essential pool and spa care products. The Company operates an integrated ecosystem of 1,000 physical locations and a robust digital platform, enabling consumers to engage with Leslie’s whenever, wherever, and however they prefer to shop. Its dedicated team of associates, pool and spa care experts, and experienced service technicians are passionate about empowering Leslie’s consumers with the knowledge, products, and solutions necessary to confidently maintain and enjoy their pools and spas.
Media:Mardi Larson, Amendola for Leslie’s,[emailprotected]
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When used in a tablet feeder, like those employed by most wastewater systems, the tablets are only partially submerged. Under these conditions, the tablet will release toxic gasses that not only are dangerous but will corrode everything they contact.How do I keep my pool chlorinated without tablets? ›
Chlorinating Liquid is a popular choice among pool owners and can be used as a substitute when chlorinating tablets may be unavailable. Chlorinating liquid is not stabilized, which means it may require a chlorine stabilizer to help the chlorine last longer.What is a substitute for chlorine tablets? ›
Bromine Tablets - Bromine is typically used in spas and indoor pools as a chlorine alternative.Is there really a shortage of chlorine tablets for pools? ›
While we are approaching a new summer in 2022, pool and spa owners can expect the same chlorine shortage that plagued the industry last summer in 2021. Chlorine tablets and liquid chlorine prices have continued to rise and exceed last summer's prices.Is it better to use liquid chlorine or tablets? ›
If you want to shock your pool then liquid chlorine will be the perfect fit. But if you want convenience, a stack of chlorine tablets is the way to go. It also helps that tablets are cost-effective too and have a long shelf life.How toxic are chlorine tablets? ›
CAUSES SERIOUS EYE DAMAGE. CAUSES SEVERE SKIN BURNS AND EYE DAMAGE. MAY BE FATAL IF INHALED. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.Can I use bleach instead of chlorine tablets? ›
Using Chlorine Bleach instead of expensive chlorine tablets can be a more cost effective solution when maintaining clean swimming pool water. Essentially the way to achieve this is to have the correct balance of pH and chlorine in the pool.Can you use vinegar instead of chlorine in a pool? ›
Unsurprisingly, the answer is yes! You can use baking soda in a pool for a few different things, and the same applies to vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar in a swimming pool can be used as cleaning agents, but you can also lower pool pH with vinegar or raise it with baking soda.Can you use Clorox instead of chlorine in a pool? ›
Answer. There's a protocol when using Clorox® Regular Bleach2 for swimming pool disinfection. On an ongoing basis, if you super-chlorinate the pool with 100-200 oz. bleach per 10,000 gallons of water, in addition to regular chlorination, algae growth can be prevented.Can you use Epsom salts instead of chlorine? ›
Epsom salts are said to have a myriad of health benefits, but they'll do more harm than good to your spa pool. Its chemical components can corrode metal parts and possibly damage your swim spa's filters, pumps, and heater.
- Bromine: Bromine is used as an alternative to chlorine. ...
- Ozonation: You can easily install an ozone generator. ...
- Reduction in Water Temperature: ...
- PHMB: ...
- U/V Light: ...
- Ultrafiltration: ...
- Mineral Water Pool Systems: ...
- Pristine Blue:
If you are using trichlor as your primary chlorine sanitizer in your pool, it's important to use high quality products to achieve the best results. From the ingredients to the proprietary manufacturing process, Leslie's chlorine tablets are some of the best chlorine tabs on the market.Can I use shock instead of chlorine tablets? ›
You do need to use both tabs and shock. Without tabs, the chlorine shock will dissipate quickly out of the water; without shock, the chlorine level will not get high enough to fully sanitize the water.What are the pros and cons of pool chlorine tablets? ›
Pros are that in tablet form it's slow dissolving and can hold a chlorine level within the pool for a longer period of time. Cons are it can raise the CYA too quickly and can cause issues on the pool surface if comes into direct contact with it.Which is better chlorine tablets or powder? ›
The benefit of chlorine tablets is that the tablets slowly dissolve over time so therefore you have a supply of chlorine entering the water over a period. Chlorine granules however must be added so there is a higher risk that levels may drop if the hot tub is not attended to, adding risk of bacteria growth.What is the best chlorine for an inground pool? ›
Sodium hypochlorite is best for pools with high calcium hardness and has around 10% to 12% Chlorine. Sodium hypochlorite is very effective fighting against microorganisms and removing stains. Calcium hypochlorite is the most popular type with around 65% Chlorine.What are the long term effects of chlorine? ›
Long-term (chronic) effects:
Long-term exposure to low levels of chlorine gas is potentially linked to diseases of the lung (bronchitis, shortness of breath, possible permanent damage) and tooth corrosion. No cancer or reproductive effects have been reported from chronic exposure to chlorine.
How likely is chlorine to cause cancer? The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have not classified chlorine as to its human carcinogenicity.What's the difference between chloride and chlorine? ›
Chlorine refers to a halogen element of the periodic table. Chloride is formed from chlorine. It can either mean any compound with chlorine in it, or specifically a salt of hydrochloric acid consisting of two elements, one of which is chlorine. An example of a chloride is sodium chloride (salt).What is the cheapest way to shock a pool? ›
Calcium Hypochlorite: Also referred to as cal hypo, this chemical is one of the least costly and most convenient ways to shock your pool. It's usually sold in granular form. Needs to be dissolved before you add it to the pool. Must be used after dusk.
Household bleach, Clorox and liquid chlorine can all be used to sanitize a pool. They are all types of chlorine. Household bleaches such as Clorox usually contain about 5-6% available chlorine, about half that of pool liquid chlorine. Household bleaches often have unwanted fragrances and colors.What can I use instead of pool shock? ›
- UV Light. A UV light filter is a great addition to chlorine-based sanitization. UV light is used as a disinfectant in many situations, not just pools. ...
- PHMB. If cost is not an issue, you can try Polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB). ...
- Salt Water Pools. Salt is nature's original pool cleaner.
To cure cloudy pool water, superchlorination is usually the easiest fix. Be sure to test your pH levels after the hyper-chlorination treatment, and slowly add baking soda to your pool water, if needed, to get to between 7.2 and 7.8.Can you use baking soda instead of chlorine tablets in a pool? ›
'Adding baking soda to your pool will raise both the pH and alkaline level, which will help increase the pool's clarity and improve stability,' she says. Many commercial pool cleaners use baking soda as their main active agent – but you can create a more natural remedy by going to the source of the solution.Can I use hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine in my pool? ›
The combination of ultraviolet disinfection with hydrogen peroxide allows pool owners to safely eliminate all chlorine in their pool or spa. Unlike some other methods for creating a chlorine-free environment, the combination of ultraviolet disinfection and hydrogen peroxide is both proven and effective.Which is stronger Clorox bleach or pool chlorine? ›
Answer: It is true that pool chlorine is stronger than bleach. For bleach and water to be the same strength as pool chlorine and water, you would have to adjust the ratio, increasing the bleach and reducing the water. But no matter which chlorine you use, make sure to test a small area before doing the job.Can vinegar be mixed with bleach? ›
Mixing bleach and vinegar creates potentially lethal chlorine gas. If you notice a pungent smell after mixing household cleaners, you should immediately leave the area and try to breathe in fresh air.How do you make homemade chlorine for pools? ›
Common unscented household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) works well to shock a pool. To increase the chlorine level by 5ppm in a 10,000 gallon pool, you would need 1/2 Gallon of basic household bleach.Why not to use Epsom salt? ›
Epsom salt is generally safe for most adults and children. However, certain people should avoid drinking Epsom salt solutions. Consuming Epsom salt can lead to side effects, including diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, and muscle weakness. Epsom salt is available to purchase in stores and online.Will Epsom salt keep a pool clean? ›
Not ideal. More importantly, however, Tim points out that 'there is little evidence or scientific proof to show that Epsom Salts acts as a disinfectant, which could leave harmful bacteria lurking in the paddling pool, even after cleaning has taken place.
UV systems are another great alternative to traditional chlorine pools. It works by using ultra-violet rays that eliminates pathogens and other forms of bacteria while the water passes through the system. Although your need for chlorine will be drastically lower you will still need to use it to prevent algae growth.Why are 3 pool chlorine tablets so expensive? ›
A widespread chlorine shortage sets businesses on edge, and it could get worse – driving chlorine prices even higher. A range of factors has led to tight supplies, including the rise in demand in the pool industry, temporarily reduced supply, and chemical plant fire.What is better for pool chlorine tablets or granules? ›
The Advantage of Chlorine Tablets for Swimming Pools
The most significant benefit of using chlorine tablets for your pool is its longer-term nature compared to granules. Once you get the right dosage, you shouldn't have to add another chlorine treatment for at least a few days.
The liquid form of chlorine is the cheapest way of adding chlorine to a pool. Simply pour it directly into the water in front of a return jet to disperse it throughout the pool.
So how long it takes for a chlorine tablet to dissolve really varies for every pool. As a general rule, we see stabilized chlorine tablets (also called trichlor tablets) last anywhere from two to three days. Slow dissolve cal-hypo tabs may last four to five days.Do Leslies chlorine tablets have stabilizer in it? ›
Stabilized Chlorine: Our chlorine tabs for pools consist of stabilized chlorine, meaning they are protected from the sun's damaging UV rays.Why are 1 inch chlorine tablets so expensive? ›
Chlorine in tablet form, especially, is hard to find and expensive. There are several reasons for this: Pandemic problems. Supply chain interruptions and staff shortages mean less product on the market.How often should a pool be shocked? ›
Shocking your pool regularly will help to keep the water clean and free of contaminants. You should aim to shock your pool about once a week, with the additional shock after heavy use. Some tell-tale signs that your pool needs to be shocked are cloudy, foamy, green, or odourous water.Is shock better than liquid chlorine? ›
Liquid chlorine and granular shock have the same active chemical that sanitizes your pool, what changes is the strength and the way you use it. Liquid chlorine is less costly, unstabilized and comes in liquid form. Granular shock is stabilized and comes in a solid form that dissolves in your pool.Is pool shock the same as bleach? ›
Swimming pool shock contains 12.5% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) vs. 6-8.5% for Clorox (bleach). Some Clorox products go as high as 8.5%. At a 12.5% concentrate, liquid pool shock is approximately 2x's stronger than Clorox bleach.
Keep the pump and filter on while you are away.
Most pumps come have an automatic timer that makes this very easy. Set it before you leave to ensure the pool filter system will run at least 8 to 12 hours per day.
It can sit forever, or until it evaporates. After a few weeks you might get some unsightly algae growing in it.Is it OK to swim in a chlorine pool everyday? ›
Swimming in chlorinated pool water, and particularly the disinfection byproducts caused by the reaction of the chlorine with our skin and hair, can cause numerous health problems. These include hormone disruption, asthma and allergies, skin issues, and intestinal issues.Does a pool need chlorine in the winter? ›
To keep your pool clean and clear, it's important to maintain your pool's free available chlorine at a constant level of 2-3 PPM (parts per million) throughout winter.Do pools use more chlorine in hot weather? ›
Even in perfectly balanced pools, chlorine will be used up faster on extremely hot, sunny days. This means that you may need to use more chlorine tablets and shock than you typically do.Will baking soda clear a green pool? ›
Will baking soda clear a green pool? No. Baking soda will only raise your alkalinity and pH levels and this will not kill algae. Chlorine is what kills algae.How long can pool water go untreated? ›
Maintenance is critical when it comes to the quality of your pool water. Well maintained pool water can last up to 5, maybe even seven years before you need to replace it. This means weekly cleaning, functional filters, and checking ph levels every day. Usage is a huge determining factor.What happens if you don't shock pool? ›
Try to reach the breakpoint every time you shock your pool. Not hitting the breakpoint can result in even more chloramines in your pool, and if the chloramine levels continue to rise unchecked, you may eventually have to partially or even fully replace your water to fix the issue.What is the highest chlorine level safe to swim in? ›
No matter what type of chlorine system you choose to use for your pool, remember that the chlorine level should remain between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm) to ensure a safe and healthy pool. If the levels are any higher, you may be at risk of swimmer's itch and red eyes.