Council is supporting you to live more sustainably at home, at work and in your community. Energy Smart Pool Pump Rebates are available exclusively for Ku-ring-gai residents and enable you to reduce your energy bills and improve the local environment. You could see annual energy cost savings of up to $417 with a payback period of just 3.2 years*.
This program is funded by Ku-ring-gai Council’s Environmental Levy.
Energy use of pool pumps
Results of Ku-ring-gai’s pilot pool pump rebate program in early 2015
Responsible disposal of old pumps
Save Power Kit
We are offering $250 rebates for Ku-ring-gai residents who replace existing inefficient pool pumps with an energy efficient pool pump (7-star rated and above as listed by EnergyRating.gov.au).
The ability to reduce the flow rate of a variable speed pool pump results in energy savings. Unlike a single-speed pump that will operate at maximum flow rate even for tasks that require minimum flow rates, the variable speed pump can be slowed down to the optimum level required for the plumbing task. Lowering the flowrate also results in reduced friction within the bends of the plumbing system making it far more energy efficient than using a single speed pump.
Click here to view and download the Ku-ring-gai Council pool pump rebate program application form. (pdf. 126KB)
Applications for pre-approval for this rebate are open until 21 June 2019 or until funds are exhausted.
Applicants will have 21 days from when written pre-approval is provided by Council to complete installation and return the required paperwork (or by 21 June 2019– whichever is earlier).
||Properties that have received a pool pump in the past are not eligible to apply again.
How to apply
Before purchase and installation
1. Identify an appropriate pool pump with an Energy Star rating of 7 stars+ and featured on the Australian Government’s Energy Rating website.
2. We recommend you consult at least one pool pump supplier for advice on selecting the right energy efficient pump for your pool.
3. Apply to Council for pre-approval for the pump you wish to purchase and install.
a) Record the electricity consumption of your old pool pump. You can do this by borrowing an easy-to-use ‘Save Power Kit’ from any Ku-ring-gai Library.
b) Receive a quotation for the minimum 7 Energy Star-rated* pool pump.
c) Use these details to complete and submit the pre-approval form (Form 1). Pre-approvals are subject to funds being available.
Please note: You must receive written pre-approval from Council before you proceed with purchasing and installing the pump to be eligible to receive the rebate.
4. Once your pre-approval is successful, you will receive advice in writing along with a reference number which must be quoted in related correspondence and the final rebate application form. From the date of this letter you will have 21 days to complete the installation and submit the rebate application form below.
The pump must be installed for swimming pool use only and to meet Australian Standard AS 5102-2009.
5. Record the energy consumption of the new pump using the Save Power Kit from a Ku-ring-gai Library.
6. Complete the rebate application form (Form 2) and submit within the 21-day period.
7. Council officers will conduct inspections of installed pool pumps for a random number of the rebate applicants During these site visits, the Council officer will verify the following:
a) Make and model of the pool pump installed.
b) Power consumption of the pump.
c) View original invoices.
Swimming pool pumps are among the most energy-hungry appliances, running for up to 8 hours a day and accounting for up to 30% of total household energy consumption. This can be significantly higher with very old and inefficient pool pumps. It is estimated that almost one in every two Ku-ring-gai’s 39,000 households has a swimming pool, making this a major source of energy inefficiency in our local area.
Source: IPART NSW Fact sheet 2011
Energy Star rating running costs*
*Based on pumping 50,000 litres of water per day and electricity tariff of 28c/kWh. (Sustainability Victoria, 2014)
Since April 2010, Australian and New Zealand energy efficiency regulatory agencies have been offering a Voluntary Energy Rating Labelling Program in relation to swimming pool pump units under the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (E3). The Program lists participating products with their respective Energy Star ratings.
Since its inception, the program estimates an average reduction of nearly 70% in energy use by pool pumps across the 388 households which received rebates. Based on these savings, households could see annual energy cost savings of up to $450 resulting in a payback period of just 2.9 years.
The following facilities can salvage materials from your old pumps and recycle them. To ensure responsible disposal of your pool pumps, you can drop them off free of charge provided 90% of the pump comprises of metal.
||Hours of operation
Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre
Kimbriki Road, off Mona Vale Road, Ingleside / Terrey Hills
Phone: 94863512 or 94863542
7am to 5pm Monday to Sunday
Ryde Resource Recovery Centre
145 Wicks Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Phone: 1300 651 116
6am - 4pm Monday to Friday
7am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday
Each Ku-ring-gai Library has several of these Save Power Kits available to borrow, which include a plug-in power meter and an instruction manual detailing how to use it to measure energy consumption of plug-in appliances. You can use this power meter to measure your pool pump consumption before and after you install a new pump.
Energy bills are calculated using regulated electricity and gas tariffs for 2011/12, excluding fixed charges and rebates.
Note that the figure identified in our analysis is high compared with amount that technical information suggests is reasonable – it may show consumption for other uses too. This applies in particular to dishwashers.
Average energy use
In Sydney the average use is about 280 hours per year, which is equivalent to 5.5 hours per day, 2 days per week for 6 months of the year. The amount of electricity used per hour is 2.5kW.
The cost of electric hot water will depend on what type of system it is and whether a standard tariff or an off-peak tariff applies. The full report provides further information. Note: Linear regression analysis of Sydney (2010) household survey data.
Payback periods have been calculated using a standard tariff of 22.85c/kwh. Actual savings will vary depending on the type of tariff the resident is being charged by the energy supplier.
If you have any questions, please contact the Sustainability Engagement Officer, Anuj Dhir via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9424 0172.