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

$265,000 :: 1888 E MEGAN Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,579 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 08/04/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5642606
Community: FINCHER FARMS
Tract: FINCHER FARMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/21/2017 by 1%
Status: Conditional


Beautiful home in Gilbert with spacious lot and stunning interior. This home is minutes from San Tan Mall and in the wonderful Gilbert School District. Interior has tile and wood flooring and wood shutters throughout. Huge backyard with built in BBQ and RV gate access.Property has been extremely well maintained and has a brand new coat of exterior paint. Must see property!

Listed with DPR Realty 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/!


$459,500 :: 2666 E BRIDGEPORT Parkway, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,908 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 07/13/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5632384
Community: VINCENZ
Tract: VINCENZ
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/12/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


Impeccably maintained by the original owners, this 5+bed/4 bath home will impress even the most particular Buyers. Newly painted in a neutral palate downstairs & Master Bed; plantation shutters throughout; floors stay easy to clean with the central vacuum system. Grand staircase impresses w/iron spindles and opens to upper level landing with rooms on all 3 sides. Super energy efficient additions were made to keep this home in peak performance: additional blown-insulation between garage/bonus room; Energy Management Computer regulating SRP Time of Use (use recap available in Docs Tab); tankless H2O heater and soft-water system. Kitchen is complimented by a large, walk-in pantry, Butler's pass to dining room, ample counter space and beautiful granite countertops.

Listed with Revelation 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/!


$309,000 :: 968 W DESERT BROOM Court, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,145 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676759
Community: Silverlake
Tract: Silverlake
Status: Active


WOW! Silver Lake Subdivision's 2 story home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with all the upgrades! Walk into a soaring ceiling and amazing wood floors in the formal living and dining room. The open concept kitchen has a center island with manufactured stone counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, cabinets with plenty of room for any chef! The tiled great room has a built-in media wall, a large sliding glass door opening to a wonderful covered patio, nice grassy lawn . Split master suite downstairs also boasts with wood floors, ceiling fan, double sink vanity, separate shower and bath & glass block soaking tub, private toilet room & huge walk-in closet. All bedrooms are large with plush neutral carpet. Laundry inside. Conveniently located in a Cul-de-Sac lot, CUSD, close to Intel and much more

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$649,900 :: 1401 W SANDPIPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,884 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676764
Community: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Tract: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Status: Active


Gilbert's fabulous ''Islands'' community. Lake #1 is freshwater w/ catch and release fishing, great boating & fabulous sunsets(sorry no swimming). This former ''Street of Dreams'' home is like resort living. Professionally landscaped yard slopes to a beautiful water view w/a boat dock ready backyard. Inside, a foyer w/marble tile flooring and plush carpet. Open & airy floor plan, waterfront windows, 20ft ceilings, skylight,two fireplaces,2nd story balcony,formal dining, sunken living rm w/fireplace,family rm, & a roomy kitchen. Oversized master bedroom suite w/2 walk-in closets & soaking tub. Over $100,000 in upgrades. Hurry it will go fast!!!

Listed with West USA 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/!


$449,000 :: 119 E HORSESHOE Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,723 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 05/12/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5604767
Community: RESERVE AT FULTON RANCH
Tract: RESERVE AT FULTON RANCH
The price of this listing was last increased on 10/4/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


***New Designer Front and Backyard Landscaping was done with Travertine and Artificial Turf*** Brand New Home in Highly Desirable FULTON RANCH PREMIER GATED COMMUNITY - Close to 'CHANDLER BASIS SOUTH' School, Shopping, Restaurants and Entertainment. Upgraded Cabinets, Upgraded Counter-tops, Upgraded Flooring and Upgraded Appliances. Popular Stonehedge Floor Plan, 2,723 sq. ft. 4 Bedroom + Loft, 3 full baths. Living & Dining Room With Large Kitchen and Island, Large Master Bedroom With Upgraded Shower & Bath, Paver Driveways, Energy Star 3 Rated, Ceiling Fans, 16 SEER A/C Units, Community pool, Playgrounds, Basketball, Ramada's With BBQ Grills. Must See To Appreciate! Schedule a showing today! Price reduced to sell quickly.

Listed with Kirans and Associates Realty 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/!


$375,000 :: 444 W DESERT Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,661 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 10/11/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5672816
Community: ARROWPOINT
Tract: ARROWPOINT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/12/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful single level home that has it all! Features 4 bedrooms with office, 3 full baths and a 3 car garage. Your new home has a Gorgeous remodeled master bath w/ walk-in double shower, NEW paint, NEW blinds, NEW carpet, & NEW 20'' tile. Very open floor plan displays a large Kitchen with 42'' Maple cabinets, SS/Black appliances, corian counters, walk-in pantry and a huge island that opens to a large family room with fireplace. Split master BR offers bay window with private door to backyard, linen and walk-in closet. French doors lead to the covered patio and professionally landscaped rear yard with lots of storage and RV gate... and relax - AC has 4 years of warranty! Many community features including children's playground. Close to US60, shopping, restaurants, theaters & great school

Listed with Arizona Premier Realty Homes & Land, 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/!


$399,900 :: 3138 E HARVARD Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,363 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 10/19/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676693
Community: TONE RANCH ESTATES
Tract: TONE RANCH ESTATES
Status: Active


IMPECCABLY REMODELED HOME ON OVER 10,000+ SF LOT IN THE HEART OF GILBERT!!! THIS 4 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOME BOASTS UPGRADED CABINETS, GAS FIREPLACE, QUARTZ COUNTERS IN KITCHEN, NEW BATHROOM GRANITE COUNTERS, NEW CARPET, NEWLY PAINTED, SS APPLIANCES (REFRIGERATOR INCLUDED), SOFT WATER SYSTEM, RO SYSTEM AND SO MUCH MORE. HUGE BACKYARD WITH GIANT PATIO AND BEAUTIFUL PEBBLE TEC POOL. THIS HOME IS A TRUE GEM SITUATED IN ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE COMMUNITIES IN GILBERT. EASY ACCESS TO THE 202, US 60, SHOPPING, MD ANDERSON/BANNER GATEWAY, AND LOTS OF GREAT RESTAURANTS AND ENTERTAINMENT.

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$369,900 :: 1634 E PARK Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,685 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 10/19/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676673
Community: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
Tract: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
Status: Active


Schedule your showing today for this Move-in Ready beautiful home located in the highly desirable Val Vista Meadows Community in Gilbert. Wonderful floor plan offers 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3 car garage. One of the bedrooms is downstairs with a full bath that can be used as an office too. Large size backyard with lush green lawn. New stainless steal kitchen appliances and upgraded carpet. Close to schools, dining, shopping, and freeways.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate, 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/!


$449,900 :: 585 E CONSTITUTION Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,809 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,245 sq ft
Added: 10/19/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676685
Community: LINDSAY MEADOWS
Tract: LINDSAY MEADOWS
Status: Active


ALL the family and friends are going to want hang out at your house now! This is an entertainers dream. Oversized corner lot with lots of privacy. Pebble tech pool and spa, Built in BBQ and fire place, green grass, covered patio and tons of mature trees. Huge easy access RV gate with concrete access and parking area. Interior has a very popular split floor plan with an oversized master bedroom with back yard access. Great room connects to formal room up from and patio out back, perfect set up for BBQs and dinner parties. Home is incredibly well cared for and ready to go.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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


$236,000 :: 1712 E LOS ALAMOS Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,617 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 10/19/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676694
Community: GILBERT RANCH
Tract: GILBERT RANCH
Status: Active


Location, Location...well maintained. Gilbert Ranch home minutes to Top Golf, Schools, Shopping, Entertainment, Parks, Lots of amenities Basketball, Tennis, Volley Ball, Soccer Fields, Playgrounds. Kitchen features plenty of cabinets, built in microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher. Massive loft for kids or great upstairs livingroom/gameroom, Larger master bedroom, ceiling fans through-out- New Paint and carpet throughout- Bright and airy with huge vaulted entry. Truly a must see Don't Miss this one

Listed with JK 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/!


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