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  • Pool Pumps: An Investigation of Swimming Pool

    Pumps in Australian and New Zealand

    A research report prepared for the Department of the

    Environment and Energy

    August 2016

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    DEE: Pool Pumps August 2016

    Contents

    List of Figures and Tables ............................................................................................................ 4

    Figures ............................................................................................................................................... 4

    Tables ................................................................................................................................................ 6

    1. Executive Summary ........................................................................................................... 7

    1.1 Background ................................................................................................................................. 7

    1.2 Objectives ................................................................................................................................... 7

    1.3 Methodology ............................................................................................................................... 7

    1.4 Summary of Findings .................................................................................................................. 8

    2. Background and Objectives ............................................................................................. 14

    3. Methodology .................................................................................................................. 15

    3.1 Quantitative Fieldwork - Consumers ........................................................................................ 15

    3.2 Qualitative Fieldwork Industry Representatives ................................................................... 17

    4. Respondent Profile .............................................................................................................. 18

    4.1 Age and Gender of Respondents .............................................................................................. 18

    4.2 Household Income .................................................................................................................... 19

    5. Pool and Spa Details ............................................................................................................. 20

    5.1 Incidence of Pool and Spa Ownership ...................................................................................... 20

    5.2 Spa Details ................................................................................................................................. 21

    5.3 Pool Details ............................................................................................................................... 23

    5.4 Pool and Spa Responsibility ...................................................................................................... 30

    6. Pool and Spa Pumps ............................................................................................................. 31

    6.1 Pump Details ............................................................................................................................. 31

    6.2 Noise of Pool or Spa Pumps ...................................................................................................... 38

    6.3 Pool Heating .............................................................................................................................. 43

    6.4 Hours Pumps are Run ............................................................................................................... 44

    7. The Replacement of Pool and Spa Pumps .............................................................................. 47

    7.1 Incidence of Replacing a Pump ................................................................................................. 47

    7.2 Details of Spa Pump Replacement ............................................................................................ 50

    7.3 Details of Pool Pump Replacement .......................................................................................... 55

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    DEE: Pool Pumps August 2016

    7.4 Pump Limitation for Above-Ground Pools ................................................................................ 61

    8. Energy Use ........................................................................................................................... 63

    8.1 Electricity Used by Pool and/or Spa Pumps .............................................................................. 63

    8.2 Concern with Pump Electricity Use ........................................................................................... 65

    8.3 Measures Taken to Increase Efficiency..................................................................................... 66

    8.4 Awareness of Effective & Efficient Pumps ................................................................................ 68

    9. The Decision Making Process ................................................................................................ 72

    9.1 Perceived Importance of Different Pump Features .................................................................. 72

    9.2 Information Sources ................................................................................................................. 75

    9.3 The Final Decision Maker .......................................................................................................... 76

    9.4 Where Pump was Purchased .................................................................................................... 77

    10. Industry Feedback (Qualitative) .......................................................................................... 78

    10.1 Notes on the Qualitative Participants .................................................................................... 78

    10.2 Trends in Relation to Pools ..................................................................................................... 79

    10.3 Trends in Relation to Pool Pumps ........................................................................................... 80

    10.4 Decision Making ...................................................................................................................... 81

    10.5 Information and Education ..................................................................................................... 83

    10.6 Customer Information ............................................................................................................ 84

    10.7 The Voluntary Labelling Program ........................................................................................... 85

    10.8 Perceptions of Variable Speed Pumps .................................................................................... 86

    10.9 Operational and Performance Measures ............................................................................... 89

    10.10 Internet Sales ........................................................................................................................ 92

    11. Key Outtakes & Implications ............................................................................................... 93

    Appendix A. Questionnaire ....................................................................................................... 97

    Appendix B. Discussion Guides ................................................................................................. 97

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    DEE: Pool Pumps August 2016

    List of Figures and Tables

    Figures

    Figure 1: Gender of Respondents ...................................................................................................... 18

    Figure 2: Age Range of Respondents ................................................................................................. 18

    Figure 3: Household Income of Respondents .................................................................................... 19

    Figure 4: Incidence of Having a Pool or Spa ....................................................................................... 20

    Figure 5: Type of Spa Owned ............................................................................................................. 21

    Figure 6: Size of Spa Owned ............................................................................................................... 22

    Figure 7: Type of Pool Owned ............................................................................................................ 23

    Figure 8: Type of Pool Water ............................................................................................................. 24

    Figure 10: Pool Maintenance ............................................................................................................. 29

    Figure 11: Responsibility for Pool and/or Spa .................................................................................... 30

    Figure 13: Type of Pump .................................................................................................................... 32

    Figure 14: Details of Non Single Speed Pumps .................................................................................. 34

    Figure 15: Incidence of Pumps Being Controlled by a Timer ................................