What are the on-going costs of a pool in Phoenix?

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

$325,000 :: 2758 E JASPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,038 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794673
Community: RANCHO CORONA
Tract: RANCHO CORONA
Status: Active


Welcome to your dream home! This home's exterior includes a graveled desert landscape and two car garage. Through the front door is the great room which is tiled and offers a large amount of space. The family room is also tiled and has a brick accent wall, giving a rustic look. There is also a patio access in the family room. The kitchen is complete with a breakfast bar, stainless appliances, granite counter tops, an island, pantry, and a dining area. The bedrooms are carpeted and are accommodated with full hallway bathroom. The master bedroom is also carpeted and has soaring ceilings. The master bath is tiled and is a full with separate tub/shower, toilet room, and double sink vanity. There is also a walk-in closet. Out back is the patio, bbq station, and sparkling pool. Come see today!

Listed with Mojica & Associates Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$270,000 :: 1864 E TULSA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,618 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 05/07/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5762662
Community: Gilbert Ranch
Tract: Gilbert Ranch
Status: Active


TRUE 4 bedroom in Gilbert Ranch! Great room floor-plan along with vaulted ceiling gives this home a spacious feel. Master bedroom has a private balcony with lovely views. New interior paint - including garage. Recent exterior paint. All new flooring except tile in kitchen. New dishwasher. Pool sized back yard...Interior corner lot...Excellent neighborhood...Gilbert schools!Convenient location near the Loop 202/San Tan, restaurants and shopping.

Listed with Arbor Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$549,500 :: 2927 S SANDSTONE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,269 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794655
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


TO BE BUILT: Single level beauty! Stunning heights & detail imbue this 4 bed 3 bath home combines contemporary architecture w/style and luxury. We are here to guide you through each step of the home building process. Our floorplans offer a 1-or 2-story home. Tivoli homes are both showpieces as well as homes that will fit your current needs while also providing the flexibility for growth. With your comfort in mind we offer models that accommodate a floor plan consisting of four to six bedrooms & a 3-car garage. The vision behind Tivoli at Spectrum is to build a community where homeowners can live, grow, & create their own memories for generations to come by representing today's architecture w/a strong sense of design. Listed at base price & buyer can select design options/upgrades.

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$343,900 :: 6738 S GARNET Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,640 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794638
Community: SUN GROVES PARCEL 23
Tract: SUN GROVES PARCEL 23
Status: Active


Premium lot with no rear neighbors. Ground floor guest quarters(handicap access) ideal for parents.27'' cherry cabinets & granite counters/back-splash in kitchen.Oak staircase. Energy saving N/S exposure & dual pane windows.

Listed with Re/Max Infinity


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$264,999 :: 1149 S Cottonwood Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,340 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 07/06/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5790318
Community: SETTLER'S POINT, Devon
Tract: SETTLER'S POINT, Devon
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/17/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


This home will delight you from when you turn onto your cul-de-sac & pull up to your new home that has an extended driveway. House has been freshly painted inside and out. The are sun screens for all the windows to help keep you SRP bill low in the summer. Open greenroom has new carpet and open to kitchen where you'll enjoy new granite counter tops and large island. New stainless appliances and Antique White cabinets and new 20 inch tile. New granite in both bathrooms and master has double sinks, Walk in shower and more. Back yard has pavers off the covered patio to set your table and chairs on when out side BBQ ing. Just around the corner in the new Veterans park.

Listed with Desert Wind Property Management and Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$746,346 :: 2944 S SANDSTONE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,350 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794642
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Stunning 2 story, contemporary home on a cul de sac lot! This spec home will blow your mind with the attention to quality and detail it features. This beautiful showcase home offers a grand, bright entryway with 15' ceilings, leading to the breathtaking spiral staircase with coordinating quartz treads. With an added wine cellar, and optional windows added to the kitchen, your new home will be the perfect place to entertain! You can also enjoy the open, airy feel of the beautiful Southwest by opening up your 12' patio doors. This home offers tons of versatility, with a flex room and nook on the first floor, if you are looking for a children's playroom, game room, or home office - let your mind run wild! Your 3 car tandem garage also offers space for a workshop or a toy or two! Come on in

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$777,821 :: 2936 S SANDSTONE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,609 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794646
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Stunning, contemporary new construction in the heart of the Spectrum community! Breathtaking 15' ceilings and a floating staircase will greet you as you enter your exquisite 2 story home! This spec, scheduled to be completed by 7.31.18, combines quality construction and attention to detail in a cleanly designed, modern showpiece home! Featuring quartz countertops, elegant 18x18 inch tile, Grohe plumbing fixtures, Jenn-Air appliances, full overlay, Shaker-style cabinets, contemporary light fixtures, designer decora light switches and outlets, you will find yourself in an elegant new wonderland to call home. 12' sliding doors off of both the Great Room and Dining room are designed open up your entertaining opportunities and will enhance your enjoyment of our beautiful weather!

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$672,977 :: 2928 S SANDSTONE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,470 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794649
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Beautiful, contemporary, new construction in the coveted Spectrum community! Single story, open floor plan combines style and luxury in this spec home that is scheduled to be completed by 7.31.18. Featuring a dramatic, 15' ceiling at the entryway, and 10 foot ceilings throughout the main living areas, you immediately experience a sense of grandeur upon entry to your new home! Exteriors with a modern twist feature 12' openings off of the dining and great rooms for expansive outdoor view, distinct multi-color paint on all sides, Smooth Sand finish stucco, spacious covered entry and patios, and more! Stylish interiors feature quartz countertops, SS Jenn-Air appliances, Grohe plumbing fixtures, full overlay Shaker style cabinets, contemporary lighting - the list goes on and on!

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$659,900 :: 2935 S SANDSTONE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,350 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794635
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


TO BE BUILT: Stunning from the moment you walk in!This home combines contemporary architecture with style and luxury. 4350 sq ft with soaring heights & open space. 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 3 car garage in the well-regarded Spectrumcommunity! We are here to guide you through each step of the home building process. Our floorplans offer a one- or two- story home. Tivoli homes are not only showpieces but also homes that will fit your current needs while also providing the flexibility for growth. They have been designed with your comfort in mind. The vision behind Tivoli at Spectrum is to build a community where homeowners can live, grow & create their own memories for generations to come by representing today's architecture. Listing is at base price, with Buyer to select design upgrades.

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$689,900 :: 2943 S SANDSTONE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,609 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 07/17/18, Last Updated: 07/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5794637
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


TO BE BUILT: Sleek, Brand New 4600 sq ft home that combines contemporary architecture with style & luxury. We are here to guide you through each step of the home building process. Tivoli homes are not only showpieces but also homes that will fit your current needs while also providing the flexibility for growth. The vision behind Tivoli at Spectrum is to build a community where homeowners can live, grow and create their own memories for generations to come by representing today's architecture with a strong sense of design. List price is base price, with buyer having the option to select finishes/upgrades with a great design team!

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


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