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.