and racking up the cost of your energy bills during the summer. But built-in swimming pools have developed a nice little energy-hog niche on their own.
According to Opower, homes with swimming pools use 49% more electricity per year, and 19% more natural gas, than their non-pool neighbors. Furthermore, it’s said that the 5.4 million swimming pools in the United States use somewhere between 9 to 14 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year – more than is used by 11 individual states and Washington, D.C.!
So if you have a pool, make sure the filter and heater are only running when necessary. And if you don’t have a pool – well, we suggest you go swim at the neighbor’s.