Fla. Legislature Passes Law Regulating Pool Pumps

Technically, it's a pool, but, for John Van Gieson, it may as well double as a dog wash, and with all that hair you can bet his pump is working overtime.

It's bound to fail eventually, and when it does, under a new law, he'll have to replace it with an energy-efficient model that’s on average over $500 more than the one he has now.

“That's a mandate, you know, a fiscal mandate on the people that puts them in a bind, a lot of them, if they get in a problem with a broken pump,” Van Gieson said.

With the new law, you don't have a whole lot of time to lounge around, which is why many pool owners are wasting no time in installing new standard-issue pumps now, before their old one breaks trying to avoid that costly difference in price.

But by not taking the energy-efficient plunge you could also be sacrificing in upwards of $500 a year in savings on your power bill, and depending on where you live consumer advocate Brad Ashwell points out the upfront cost may not be that bad.

“It will cost more, but it's going to save them in the long run, and if there's enough pressure on local governments, they might even offer them some sort of credit to buffer that initial cost,” Ashwell said.

“There's some long-term problem...”

John still hasn't quite done the math, but he likes what he's hearing.

“As a bill payer, I'd have to have some reservations,” he said. “How soon would I recover my investment? I'm obviously interested in saving money, if I can.”

Meaning lawmakers may not have gone off the deep end after all.

Last month, the legislature passed a bill that delays the new mandate until next year. It'll be sent to the governor sometime this month.

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  • by I. Arlyin Location: Florida on Jun 9, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    It's your pool. You are not inviting the public to use it so what's the difference what kind of pump you use on it ? Don't you pay for your electric. Some body wants energy effiecient pumps on your stuff when the government leaves the lights on in it's offices at night. What up with that ?
  • by Thomas Location: Indialantic,Fl on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    I say we ask for the particulars on this "energy efficient" pump. What makes it "energy effiecient"-just becausr they say it is does not make it so. Start a petition and send it to Tallahasee.
  • by Gerry Location: Lake Mary, FL on Jun 5, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    In our current economic state I find it a slap in the face that we (pool owners) willl have to shell out about $1500.00 for a new pool pump. Who the heck is behind this piece of legislation? Do these politicans even care for their constituents? Stay in DC and keep out of our backyards...
  • by GH Location: Enterprise on Jun 4, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Pools are holes in the ground you throw money into. A lot of the losers who are defaulting on their mortgage and billls are the ones who have to have a pool in their yard.Spoiled Americans.
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      by Bill on Jun 6, 2011 at 07:44 AM in reply to GH
      Why does the government have to interfere in EVERYTHING? If you think your pump is costing too much to run, cut down on the time you run it. Vacuum more often will also let you cut down on the time you run it. A pump is primarilly for filtering the water, unless you have a salt treatment system. Butt out politicians and let us determine our own expenses.
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