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An Aquashift 15000 Pump (210 watt)
210 (watt) x 8760 (hours per year) / 1000 x $0.1447 = $266.19 per year
A 0.75 HP Pool Pump (550 watt)
550 (watt) x 8760 (hours per year) / 1000 x $0.1447 = $697.16 per year
Total cost savings = $430.97 per year ($107.74 per quarter!)
Above we have only considered operational costs; however there are a number of other considerations when comparing a pond pump to a pool pump:
All Pond Pumps supplied by Water Features Online are quality pumps and are backed up by Continuously Rated Guarantees of varying lengths (2-5 years). Continuously Rated means that pump is guaranteed to run 24 HOURS A DAY for period of guarantee. Conversely, while Pool Pumps may be of good quality, guarantees are NOT continuously rated and they are usually guaranteed to run for approximately 6 hours a day (read fine print!) for period of guarantee. If a pool pump is run for 24 hours a day then this effectively reduces a 2 year guarantee to a 6 month guarantee.
This is a factor often overlooked. Pond Pumps are generally submersible and therefore silent. Pool Pumps are generally dry mounted somewhere near water feature and can be very noisy. This is counterproductive when introducing sound of water into a garden.
Both Pool and Pond Pumps require some basic maintenance, they need to be kept clean and free of debris. However, Pond Pumps have fewer moving parts than Pool Pumps, therefore likelihood of breakdowns are greater in a Pool Pump. Often seals on Pool Pumps degrade and need replacing regularly whereas a Pond Pump generally does not have a seal.
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