Energy Smart pool pump rebate

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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 water 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.

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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

2018-19 Pool Pump Rebate Program

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).

Click here to view and download the Ku-ring-gai Council pool pump rebate program application form. (pdf. 126KB)

 Remember
1.

Applications for pre-approval for this rebate are open until 21 June 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

2.

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).

3. Properties that have received a pool pump in the past are not eligible to apply again.

How to apply

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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.

Installation 

The pump must be installed for swimming pool use only and to meet Australian Standard AS 5102-2009.

After installation

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.

Energy use of pool pumps

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.

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Source: IPART NSW Fact sheet 2011

Energy Star rating running costs*

★★

 $454
★★★★  $291

★★★★★★

 $186
★★★★★★★★  $119

*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.

Results of Ku-ring-gai’s pilot pool pump rebate program 2014-18*

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.

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Responsible disposal of old pumps

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.

Recycling Facility   Address  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

Save Power Kit

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.

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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.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the Sustainability Engagement Officer, Anuj Dhir via email sustainability@kmc.nsw.gov.au or phone 9424 0172.