With summer just around the corner, it’s probably safe to assume you’re going to be using your swimming pool a whole lot more in the coming months.

Taking some time out to splash around in your pool is all well and good, but the cost of maintaining it can seriously take its toll on the family budget.

Luckily there are ways to decrease how much you spend on pool maintenance. Making informed decisions about cleaning, heating and chemicals can drastically reduce your maintenance costs.

How much does it cost to keep the pool running?

A lot of people are quite shocked when they see their first power bill after installing a swimming pool. On average, Australians spend between $1000 and $1400 per year on running costs alone.

Running a pump will usually cost around $110 per month in summer, but once winter rolls around that will reduce to about $80.

You can save money if you’re not using your pool in winter, but there are numerous benefits to going for a dip on a cold morning – the most obvious one being that it wakes you up!

If you’re one of those people who actually enjoys swimming on a cold morning, you’ll need to consider heating options.

Solar is the cheapest option, coming in at around $200 a year. Electric heating will set you back between $500 and $750 a year and gas can potentially cost you up to $1500 a year.

It’s also important to remember that water evaporates. You’ll lose around 160 litres of water a day to evaporation, all of which has to be replaced. This will result in a noticeable increase on your water bill.

You can reduce all of these costs by investing in a cover for your swimming pool. Covers keep your pool warm during the colder periods, as well as preventing a large percentage of evaporation.

Pool covers range in price from $150 all the way up to about $5000, so the type you get really depends on how much you’re willing to pay. Any cover is better than no cover at all, so the basic ones will still save you money.

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Pools can be expensive – make informed decisions so you don’t end up paying more than you need to.

How much does it cost to keep my pool clean?

Cleaning your pool on a regular basis is a little bit of a necessary evil. No one wants to deal with it, but neglecting it will mean you’ll be swimming in dirty water.

Keeping your pool clean involves doing a number of things, including checking the water levels, cleaning the pool covers, balancing the water, emptying the skimmer baskets and cleaning the tiles. You’ll also want to vacuum your pool on a regular basis, to keep it free of leaves and debris.

Since you can do all of this yourself, the only real cost you’ll face is the cost of the chemicals. If you’ve got a chlorine swimming pool, that can be quite expensive.

You can minimise these costs by installing a saltwater pool. Salt is cheaper than chlorine, and it requires less maintenance. It’s also easier on your eyes, hair and bathers, meaning you can stay in the water longer!

Cleaning your pool is arguably the worst part about owning one, so it makes sense that you might want someone else to do it.

Luckily for you, Australian Outdoor Living offers a mobile pool service to help you keep your pool in shape all year round.

From just $65, we’ll come to you and do everything required to keep your pool in tip top shape. We’ll help take the stress out of summer by taking care of everything, meaning all you have to do is sit by the pool and relax!

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Consider solar heating and invest in a set of pool covers – both these things can save you thousands on your utilities bill.

What about parts?

Swimming pool parts can include anything from components of filters and pumps to LED lights. All of these things usually last a long time, but occasionally do need to be replaced.

Whilst stuff like this will (hopefully) only need to be replaced once in a blue moon, the cost can be quite high depending on what part you need.

Pumps and heaters are the two most expensive items, with replacements potentially racking up a bill into the thousands.

Smaller parts won’t set you back as much, but as with anything, these costs can add up. Luckily, they should be fairly infrequent, so you shouldn’t have to worry about them too often.

Maintaining a swimming pool can be an expensive exercise, especially if you’re using it all year round. Take a step back and consider how much you’re willing to spend on ongoing maintenance costs – otherwise you could find yourself struggling to keep your head above water.

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