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

$249,900 :: 1765 E IVANHOE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,309 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/10/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5749636
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 1
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/26/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


This fantastic home is ready for a new family that would like the convenience of having a beautiful park and tennis courts across the street.It has been updated and has been painted throughout, newer granite countertops in the kitchen,and newer black stove.Stainless steel sink,with newer ss faucet.Back patio is screened in and has a desert back yard with drip system on all of the plants,including the front as well.Super home that is close to schools,shopping and dining establishments.Bring your buyers, they will love this home.

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$340,000 :: 3419 E TERRACE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,623 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757150
Community: CAMERON RANCH
Tract: CAMERON RANCH
Status: Active


Welcome to your next home on an ideal lot in the highly sought after neighborhood of Cameron Ranch in Gilbert. This 4 bedroom & 2.5 bath home has nobody to the west of it giving you more shoulder and breathing space. Wood and tile floors span the lower level. Living Room, family room, and loft give plenty of space for a family or to entertain. The chef's kitchen is very open with a gas range and compliments the home. Every bedroom is spacious with walk-in closets. Water softner and central technology wiring system with the home. Extended pavers outside of the covered patio with plenty of space to relax. Come view this beautiful and well taken care of home today!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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$450,000 :: 4348 E KILLARNEY Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,834 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757163
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 17
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 17
Status: Active


HOME ON THE SEVILLE GOLF COURSE - WITH NORTH VIEWS OF GOLF FAIRWAY & LAKES. SPACIOUS 5 BEDROOM FLOORPLAN W/ LOFT AND STUDY! 5TH BEDROOM IS A CASITA WITH ITS OWN SEPARATE ENTRANCE! EXTENDED 2 CAR GARAGE, OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH SOARING VAULTED CEILINGS FEATURES FAMILY ROOM WITH FIRE PLACE, TILE & CARPET FLOORS. GOURMET KITCHEN FEATURES MAPLE CABINETS, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, OUTSTANDING CUSTOM LANDSCAPED BACKYARD, A PEBBLE-TEC POOL W/WATERFALL FEATURE, RAISED WOOD VIEW/SUN DECK, GAS BBQ, EXTERIOR FIREPLACE, COVERED BAR, PATIO, OUTDOOR BAR, SPEAKERS, FANS, OVERSIZED 10,500 SF PIE-SHAPED LOT WITHA. HUGE RV GATE. AND OF COURSE SEVILLE OFFERS GOLF, COMMUNITY POOL/SLIDES, FITNESS, TENNIS COURTS AND MORE...

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$399,999 :: 543 W MYRTLE Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,008 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 03/02/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5731205
Community: FOX CROSSING
Tract: FOX CROSSING
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/26/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Fantastic Location in Fox Crossing!Executive home with spacious rooms! True 4 bedrooms plus Loft with built in desk/bookcase and closet. Additional Bonus sitting room with double doors off of Master Suite! Bedroom 4 downstairs, split dual staircase from Great room off kitchen with built in media niche. Chef's delight in kitchen with corian, island, stainless steel appliances, walk in pantry, maple cabinets galore! Covered Patio opens to large grass yard and private pool for year round entertaining. True 3 car front load garage. Shopping , freeway access makes this home and location a must see!

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$319,900 :: 3912 S SINOVA Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,674 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757156
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 8
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 8
Status: Active


Don't miss out on this beautifully upgraded 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom home in beautiful San Tan Ranch! From the gourmet kitchen to the heated pool this home this home is move-in ready. The neutral paint colors flow into the foyer & living area with 9' flat ceilings as well as large picturesque windows make the home feel more open & spacious. The remodeled kitchen includes butcher block counter tops, top of the line stainless steel gas range, titanium refrigerator & custom cabinets with room for wine fridge! The master suite is a great place to relax with bamboo flooring & the en-suite features dual vanities, separate shower & garden tub, private toilet room & a spacious walk in closet! The resort style backyard has fenced & heated diving pool & spa AND firepit! This one will not last!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$728,000 :: 794 S OCEAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,032 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 02/02/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5718416
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS UN
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS UN
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/26/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Lakefront stunning resort style living w/negative edge swimming pool. This home has been meticulously maintained & upgraded with the latest trends by the original homeowners. You will appreciate the hard wood flooring, the beautiful kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters & views of the lake. Enjoy entertaining family & friends in this gorgeous home that has views from the formal dining, kitchen, family room and master bedroom retreat. Master Bedroom is over sized & has a walk out deck. Master bathroom has soaking tub, recently remodeled shower, large walk-in closet with lots of shelving. The secondary bedrooms are Huge with walk in closets. Downstairs one bedroom down with bathroom great for guests or could be used as an office. Indoor/Outdoor living awaits as you!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$399,999 :: 2001 S HOLGUIN Place, Chandler AZ, 85286

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 01/25/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5714373
Community: ARDEN PARK
Tract: ARDEN PARK
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/26/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


MOTIVATED SELLER! will provide assistance with closing costs on this Arden Park Beauty. Pride of ownership and lots of builders upgrades for this amazing home situated on an oversized cul-de-sac lot with 5 bedroom and 3.5 baths and upgrades galore throughout including the lovely courtyard entry, with all of the contemporary design features you are looking for! Including designer tile on main floor, gourmet stainless steel kitchen with upgraded cabinets, entertainment niche w/surround sound pre-wire, and a handy media/computer center just off the kitchen.

Listed with Joplin Realty, LLC


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$385,000 :: 3674 E SAN REMO Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,429 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757131
Community: CAROL RAE RANCH
Tract: CAROL RAE RANCH
Status: Active


Stunning single level TW Lewis home with a split floor plan, vaulted ceilings, pool and a 3 car garage! This GORGEOUS home has brand new 2 tone interior paint, upgraded carpet, wood shutters throughout. You will fall in love with the GOURMET kitchen that features stainless steel double wall ovens, gas cook top, upgraded maple cabinets, island, and TONS of counter space. Neutral tile throughout! 3 large bedrooms plus a den with double doors! Secondary bathroom has double sinks and beautiful wainscoting. The master bedroom is beautiful with a double door entry, bay window and french door leading out to the pool. The master shower and bath have been updated with tile surrounds. Don't miss the HUGE master bedroom closet. Enter the backyard OASIS through the french door. Very large

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$239,800 :: 1008 W HUDSON Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,377 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 03/01/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5730662
Community: KAUFMAN AND BROAD AT COOPER RA
Tract: KAUFMAN AND BROAD AT COOPER RA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/16/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


You have found a unique home in a fantastic location. This home is nestled in the comfortable neighborhood of Cooper Ranch with no homes behind. Not every home is upgraded, remodeled and in perfect condition. This home may not be the cleanest home you will show to your buyer, but it has so much potential. You will love the floorplan. It has an open feeling with a large kitchen that is not directly open to the great room. Step into the backyard and find an easy to maintain yard with a large pool. This home has plenty of potential We all know there are few options for a home with a pool and priced at $240,000! Check out the comps... homes in the same zip code selling for $250,000+ Seller is aware that some repairs maybe needed. Priced to sell!!

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$329,900 :: 2419 E SEQUOIA Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,871 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757138
Community: MARKWOOD SOUTH PARCEL 8
Tract: MARKWOOD SOUTH PARCEL 8
Status: Active


WONDERFUL CORNER LOT LOCATION, CURB APPEAL AND 3 CAR GARAGE IN FANTASTIC CHANDLER NEIGHBORHOOD. LARGE KITCHEN ISLAND W/ STONE COUNTER TOPS & BREAKFAST BAR. FRENCH DOORS IN DINING AREA & BUILT-IN DOGGY DOOR. LOTS OF CABINET SPACE AND KITCHEN OPENS TO VAST FAMILY ROOM. SPLIT FLOOR PLAN, TILE FLOORING IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES. EXTENDED BACK PATIO AND PLENTY OF ROOM FOR A SWIMMING POOL. DOUBLE SIDE GATE ENTRY ON EAST SIDE OF HOME. WELCOME HOME!!

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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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