Cutting pool costs
Pools are an expense, no question. The previous owner's annual operating costs were about $600. We got ours down to about $150 or less.
- By balancing the chemical makeup at the beginning of the year, we save money throughout the year because the chlorine hangs around and the pH does not bounce. We got a complete chemical measuring kit that allows us to measure hardness, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid (stabilizer) as well as pH and chlorine.
- We run the pool pump on a timer instead of all the time. This cuts our electric cost in half or third.
We get many chemicals from the grocery store instead of the pool store. Same chemicals.
- Chlorine bleach. 1 gallon (standard 5%) replaces about 1 lb of "shock". If you get the "Ultra" bleach in the smaller container, you are paying more for the chlorine but it is close enough.
- Sodium carbonate is baking soda. Same stuff as the pool store.
- Calcium chloride is used to increase pool hardness in the summer and is packaged as ice melter in the winter.
- 20-mule team Borax is cheaper at the grocery store and is the same borax as in the pool store.
For more info, I use this site for reference to maintain my pool: