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Some Practical Ideas To Reduce Energy Consumption During Water Pumping

Like most other electrical appliances, the pumps that we use to distribute the rainwater around the house need to consume a reasonable amount of power. Many people wonder why they should save money by using rainwater only to let it all go again, this time because of higher electricity bills. There are many options such as tank pumps that will use solar energy while others use wind energy. There is a high chance that you will be using a conventional rainwater pump that runs on AC power. There are still plenty of tried and tested ways to keep the energy consumption low.

Running an AC water pump and keeping the power bills at a reasonable level

First of all, it is important to know that the amount of energy that is consumed will depend on the pump’s size or ratings. The pump’s running time; often depends on how much of the rainwater tank a household decides to use. Regardless of the type of pump used, the level of maintenance will decide how much power is consumed. Neglected systems or leaking taps mean that the family will need to pump more water than they precisely need.

Only install pumps with reasonable power rating and give the system regular maintenance

Regular maintenance jobs make sure that water and energy are saved. It all begins with routine inspections to find out how effective the collection, storage and pumping takes place. Many systems have pressure sensors that automatically switch on the pumps. The situation to avoid is that where the pump works for a prolonged period, causing the energy to go to waste. That is why the installation process is a common determinant of energy consumption.

Larger pumps cost more than average sized pumps. Some pumps were just meant for household use while others were meant for bigger purposes. Each proposed rainwater collection system has an optimized flow rate that determines the type of pump accessories that need to be installed. This is what makes it worthwhile to have  a quick survey done before the last installation of the pumps and their controllers.

What if the pump is already installed?

In many cases, having a pressure tank ensures that the pump does not have to be running every time there is a small demand for water. The pressure tank can be fed once and gravity can do the rest of the work each time a hose pipe needs to run for a very short while. The pressure tanks cut instances of pump cycling, especially if they only occur due to dripping taps or toilet cisterns that take a long time to fill up. The stop start operations will cut and that will save a lot of energy because the pumps consume the most energy when starting up.

For more information on water tanks and water tank accessories, contact North Coast Water Tanks on 0407 002 833 or (02) 6688 8055.