The on-going monthly cost of an Arizona private poolbackyard-pool-and-lake-in-pinelakes

When a client asks what is the on-going operating cost of a private pool, I struggle to offer a precise answer.  The upfront cost to install a private pool can be determined after a 30 minute consultation with one of the many pool builders in the Phoenix area. But what are the daily operating costs that  a homeowner can expect?   For luxury homes, a well appointed private pool can be a standard expectation.  A family with children may look to a private backyard pool as a essential activity for the children during the 100+ degree summer days common to Phoenix.  So what is the day to day cost of this hydrated desert amenity?

Breaking down the daily operating costs of a private pool in Arizona

 

I have always been curious about what portion of my monthly SRP electricity bill is due to the pool pump that recirculates and filters the swimming pool water and runs the water feature.  I’ve read that a pool pump can be the 2nd highest usage of electricity for a typical home with a pool next to the air conditioner.  Instead of asking somebody at the pool store and getting an anecdotal response, I looked for a more analytical answer.

The first step is to calculate the Watts used consumed.  This is done by multiplying the volts x amps. To the left is the label from my pool pump.  For a 230 volt motor, multiply this by 7.8 amps.  The result is 1,794 Watts, or 1.8 KWh.  The next step is to calculate the KWh/day by multiplying this by the hours per day the pump runs.  During the summer, it is recommended the pump run 6  – 8 hours/day, and less during the winter.  For my calculations, I’ll use 8 hours.   1.8 Kwh x 8 hours = 14.4 KWh/day or 432 KWh/month.  The SRP standard summer rate is $0.0806/KWh, so the cost/month is 432 KWh  x $0.0806/KWh = $35/month, or a little more than $1/day. The winter rate is lower  so this calculation is on the high side.Santan house with pool

Pool chemical cost can vary depending on the system used to keep the chemicals in balance.  Newer technology uses salt water systems to assist in chlorinating the pool.   A rough estimate for chlorine, acid and misc. chemicals such as diatomacheous earth for the filter  would be approximately $300/year or $25/month.

Evaporation of pool water

The Phoenix area has over 350,000 private pools. According to the Water Resources Deparment, an uncovered pool loses 4 – 6 feet of water per year.  This coincides with other estimates that a pool loses its entire volume once a year due to evaporation.  If a pool holds 12,000 gallons and the residential water rate is $1.15/1,000 gallons, the yearly cost for water due to evaporation is barely $14 /year.  This much lower than I would have expected and unfortunately such a low cost does not encourage water conservation which could be achieved through the use of a pool cover.

Major pool expenses

An important consideration is the type of lining, the cost and how often it will need to be replaced.  When we installed our pool, we went with a basic plaster pool. After 9 – 10 years it had to be replaced.  The replacement cost to have the pool relined varies depending on the lining; plaster with quartz, or pebble tec.   Pebble tec pool liners are more robust and can out last less expensive linings. A basic lining would be around $5,000 – $6,000 which would equate to $600/year or $50/month over a 10 year functional life expectancy.   And as with any replacement parts, watch out when your pool vacuum needs bearing or other replacement parts, you’re looking at a miniumum of $150.

My estimate of the on-going cost of a Phoenix area pool would be $35 for the pool pump, $25/month for chemicals and $60/month for major expenses, so plan to budget roughly $120/month for the maintenance of your swimming pool.  This estimate is based largely on my own pool which is from the mid 1990’s era and probably on the high side, so please do your own analysis based on the expense types I’ve outlined above.  Your comments are welcome based on your experience!

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 Gilbert and Chandler Waterfront Homes with a private pool

$310,000 :: 3459 E Wildhorse Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,889 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697990
Community: San Tan Ranch
Tract: San Tan Ranch
Status: Active


This beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is located in the prestigious San Tan Ranch community. If you are looking for a welcoming, family friendly, dog friendly, well maintained, safe place to call home this is it. Upon walking in the front door, you are greeted with vaulted ceilings and an expansive living space. The beautiful kitchen offers a breakfast nook, slab granite, stainless steel appliances and a kitchen island perfect for family gatherings. With your own private pool and resort style backyard, this home is designed for entertaining family and friends. You can find the master suite and two bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom and full bath downstairs. This San Tan Ranch property is minutes from HWY 202, shopping, fine dining, and school districts.

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$500,000 :: 1624 E Coconino Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,629 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 06/23/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5623747
Community: Symphony 2
Tract: Symphony 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful 5 bedroom / 3.5 bathroom home on a generous North / South facing lot is being sold by the original owners who have installed numerous upgrades and meticulously maintained the property since it was built in 2002. The home features travertine flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms, family room, laundry, and hallway; and upgraded carpet in the formal living & dining rooms, and the huge first floor Master Suite. Kitchen cabinets are upgraded raised panel Cherry Stained Maple all covered with granite counter tops. Upstairs features include 4 large bedrooms, 2 beautifully tiled bathrooms, and a huge loft / game room pre-wired for entertainment components. There is mature desert style landscaping front & back, and a large covered and open patio in the backyard. This house is pristine.

Listed with West USA Realty


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$399,900 :: 2660 E ARABIAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,093 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697973
Community: GREENFIELD LAKES PARCEL 2 UNIT
Tract: GREENFIELD LAKES PARCEL 2 UNIT
Status: Active


WOWUPDATED WITH MODERN STYLE, this amazing 3,093 sq. ft. OPEN floor plan features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, new two-tone interior paint, and new carpeting. The GORGEOUS granite deserves its place in the heart of this homethis gourmet kitchen features BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, beautiful white painted spacious cabinets, and island opening to the lovely family room. And a must for the cooktons of cabinet and counter space and an additional large walk-in pantry off of the laundry room! New baseboards throughout and white accent architectural pop-outs bring drama to the soaring glass encased entry stairway. New shades line the loft windows and the guest and master bathrooms feature high-end granite matching the kitchen. The exterior is newly painted with new front yard sod and

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$639,900 :: 639 W SPARROW Place, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,063 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 10/01/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5667830
Community: ARDEN PARK
Tract: ARDEN PARK
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


ABSOLUTELY STUNNING 3 bed (plus bonus room w/ private entry) / 3 bath home is a true ONE-OF-A-KIND! Completely remodeled with no detail forgotten! The pictures speak for themselves. Enter through the GORGEOUS FRONT COURTYARD into the home of your dreams. Highly upgraded w/ CUSTOM TOUCHES throughout, such as the beautiful wood beams in formal dining room that match the entertainment center in living room. GOURMET KITCHEN w/ top of the line appliances, pristine granite counters & flawless cabinets, including large island w/ sink & bar top seating. Versatile BONUS ROOM w/ private French door entry off courtyard features marble tile & full wet bar. Makes the perfect office or ''man cave!'' WINDOW LINED MASTER has great views of backyard, along w/ private master bath & enormous walk-in closet.

Listed with Rachael Richards Realty


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$299,900 :: 971 E BELLERIVE Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,966 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 09/08/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5657982
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


You don't want to miss this beautiful home in the gated community of Lagos Vistoso. This home boasts 3 bedrooms plus a den, hardwood floors downstairs, upgraded kitchen cabinets with granite counters, newer carpet upstairs, split sinks in the master bath with a separate shower and tub. Enjoy your private pebble tec pool. Large garage with built in cabinets. Water softener and R/O system.

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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$257,900 :: 2584 E DEL RIO Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,278 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697921
Community: CROSSINGS AT CROSSROADS UNIT 1
Tract: CROSSINGS AT CROSSROADS UNIT 1
Status: Active


Classic 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home In the Crossings at Crossroads in Gilbert. Move in ready with new carpet and 2 tone paint throughout!! Grassy front yard and large landscaped backyard with covered patio. Tons of potential. Neutral tile throughout living areas. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances and pantry.Master bedroom with full en-suite bathroom and walk in closet. Hurry, this one won't last long!!*Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection (attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs. *One or more employees or affiliates of the Seller are licensed real estate agents*

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$347,900 :: 1704 W MERRILL Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,369 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697917
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMM
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMM
Status: Active


Gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Gilbert home in El Dorado Lakes golf course community. Move in Ready with brand new 2 tone paint and carpet!! Vaulted ceilings, neutral tile in main living areas, and 2 way fireplace. Lovely open kitchen with breakfast bar island, new stainless steel appliances, and pantry. Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, walk in closet, and direct access to patio. Large covered patio overlooks landscaped grass backyard with pool, fire pit, and view fence. Lot backs up to golf course. Wonderful home which won't last long!! A must see!! *One or more employees or affiliates of the Seller are licensed real estate agents*

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$327,900 :: 5504 W HARRISON Court, Chandler AZ, 85226

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,027 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697949
Community: PINERIDGE AMD LOT 1-102 PARCEL
Tract: PINERIDGE AMD LOT 1-102 PARCEL
Status: Active


Picturesque cul-de-sac 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in the Village of Pineridge. **Home move in ready with new carpet and 2 tone paint through out** Sunken 1st floor game/bonus room including wet bar with direct access to pool. Comfy family room with fire place. 2nd floor kitchen with stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, and pantry opens onto covered deck overlooking sparkling pool and beautiful landscaped backyard. Master bedroom features en-suite bathroom and walk in closet. This one needs to be on your list!! Hurry before it's gone!!*One or more employees or affiliates of the Seller are licensed real estate agents*

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$299,000 :: 721 W CURRY Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,035 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697916
Community: MISSION VALLEY LOT 1-277 TRACT
Tract: MISSION VALLEY LOT 1-277 TRACT
Status: Active


Charming 3 bed, 2 bath property located in Chandler is now on the market! This one of a kind home is waiting for you featuring grassy/gravel landscaping, 2 car garage, neutral paint in common areas, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan with living & dining areas, family room, and flooring that fits your needs. The gorgeous kitchen offers custom paint, granite counters, matching appliances, lovely cabinetry, breakfast bar, pantry, and breakfast room. Inside the master bedroom you will find private exit, full bath with dual sink, and a spacious walk-in closet. The expansive backyard is comprised of a covered patio, grassy area, and a sparkling blue pool perfect for entertaining. This is the house you've been looking for it has New Roof, 2 AC units, Water Heater and Anderson Windows!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$354,900 :: 837 E WIMPOLE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,711 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697951
Community: LAYTON LAKES
Tract: LAYTON LAKES
Status: Active


Gorgeous move in ready 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in Layton Lakes. Home features large front family room, open tiled room off of kitchen, and 2 tone paint throughout. Upstairs with loft. Comfortable master bedroom with full en-suite bathroom and walk in closet. Kitchen features granite counters, pantry, and breakfast bar. Large landscaped backyard perfect for cookouts with covered patio. Separate uncovered concrete slab would be perfect for fire pit. This beautiful home won't last!!! *Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection (attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs. *One or more employees or affiliates of the Seller are licensed real estate agents*

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