You can spend some time with your Ohio swimming pool builder to find ways to incorporate eco-friendly technologies and environmentally friendly items into your swimming pool area. From the swimming pool to the landscaping techniques, there are many ways to go eco-friendly.
Here are some ideas from the swimming pool experts at Hawaiian Pool Builders for going environmentally friendly with your outdoor living space:
Harness the power of the sun: You can harness the sun’s rays to help with heating your swimming pool. By using solar power, you may even be able to extend your swimming season by up to a month.
Your Ohio swimming pool builder is a great resource for information on how to install solar panels and solar power energy toward your swimming pool. Whether you have a direct solar power system installed to heat your swimming pool or if you opt for a solar swimming pool cover, taking advantage of the sun can save you money and conserve energy. Another way to use solar power is to install solar lights that will illuminate your swimming pool deck area.
Recycled products, great way to go green: You can purchase yard fencing and outdoor furniture and items such as hot tub cabinets in recycled resins or plastic and they have the appearance of natural wood. Many of these items are made from recycled milk cartons or even soda bottles. Because these recycled items are low maintenance they can simply be hosed off or rinsed with soapy water. Unlike wooden patio furniture, they require no treatment, sealing or staining.
Reclaimed wood products: If you simply can’t live without the beauty of natural wood for your deck or deck and patio furniture consider purchasing wood that is from either reclaimed or sustainable. These woods will carry a seal from the Forest Stewardship Council that certifies the wood was harvested from forests that promote conservation.
Capture the rain: There is no reason to let nature’s water go to waste during a rainfall, right? You can capture the water that falls from your roof, filter it and store it for later use. Filtered rainwater can be used to water your lawn or even be used to refill your swimming pool when evaporation lowers the water levels. A rainwater system can cost between $4,000 and $6,000 but you should see a return on your investment within three to five years.
Xeriscaping is the way to go: Swimming pool builders and landscape professionals know that lawns with non-native plants and grass lawns – especially in arid climates, require excessive amounts of water to help them thrive. A lawn that has been xeriscaped is one that relies on natural terrain and native plants and reduce water usage. These lawn types also provide natural habitats for native wildlife.
Talk with your swimming pool builder and landscape professional for further ideas.