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

$250,000 :: 242 E LEAH Lane #1, Gilbert AZ, 85234

3 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,363 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725917
Community: SUN VIEW ESTATES 2 LOT 85-199
Tract: SUN VIEW ESTATES 2 LOT 85-199
Status: Active


NO HOA. Beautiful 3 bed 2 bath home that you can just bring your possessions and move in. Wood and tile floors through out. Kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances. Also features granite counter tops. The Arizona Rm is enclosed and screened in and ready for enjoying Arizona climate. Nice Mesa neighborhood with mature landscaping. Large pebble tech play pool for all summer enjoyment. Pool has pop ups and crawler. This property has a flat rate solar lease as part of the sale. Lease will need to be assumed by the buyer. No escalation clause. very energy efficient. The property also has RV gate and RV parking and NO HOA.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$185,000 :: 4082 E WINDSOR Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 967 sq ft
Lot Size: 435 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725899
Community: GARDENS PARCEL 5 CONDOMINIUM A
Tract: GARDENS PARCEL 5 CONDOMINIUM A
Status: Active


Here is a a very cute and clean townhome with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances with fridge and built in microwave. Granite countertops and cherry cabinets. Tile in family room and kitchen. attached garage with washer and dryer included. Community has pool, grass play field, basketball court, playground.

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC


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$270,000 :: 2522 W CURRY Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,710 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 02/14/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5723331
Community: CARRIAGE LANE 8 LOT 240-406 &a
Tract: CARRIAGE LANE 8 LOT 240-406 &a
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/14/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Great 4 bedroom family home in Chandler with nice size yard and fenced pool. Family room with fireplace and separate living room. Open kitchen with stainless appliances. Master has private exit to pool and walk in closet. Neighborhood is close to the 101 for shopping and dining. Hard to find single level block home with 4 bdrms and a pool in this price range. Move in ready.

Listed with West USA Realty


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$467,000 :: 2863 E LONGHORN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,859 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/31/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5716942
Community: HIGLEY MANOR PHASE 1 AND 2
Tract: HIGLEY MANOR PHASE 1 AND 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/5/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Absolutely beautiful, Great Basin floor plan. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in the highly sought after Higley Manor Community. Inviting front courtyard which features an elegant wrought iron gate, leads you to a spacious open concept home. Upgraded accent wall in dining room greets you at the front door. Kitchen features well-appointed upgrades, such as a gourmet style set up with stainless steel appliances. Backyard features a beautiful koi pond and upgraded, low-maintenance landscaping. Home also features surround sound, OWNED solar panels to provide big savings on your energy bills, 3-car tandem garage, tubmled paver driveway, and so much more!

Listed with eXp Realty


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$336,000 :: 2986 E COUNTRY SHADOWS Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,064 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 01/31/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5716695
Community: COUNTRY SHADOWS
Tract: COUNTRY SHADOWS
Status: Conditional


This beautiful 4bedroom plus loft, 3 bath home has had fresh interior paint and is move in ready! With over 3000 square feet, you get a ton of space in this home, both in the living and storage areas. The kitchen features expansive maple cherry cabinets, granite countertops, black appliances and large island that overlooks the great room. For additional entertaining space there is a formal living and dining room downstairs. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom and 3 secondary bedrooms plus a large loft. The master bedroom features separate tub and shower, dual vanities sinks with his and hers closets. Home has a nice sized backyard with gorgeous mountain views and is a blank canvas ready for your dream pool and entertaining space. Close to all the amenities Seville has to offer!

Listed with Mosaic Properties


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$360,000 :: 1282 E Parkview Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,824 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 12/02/17, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5694316
Community: Spectrum at Val Vista
Tract: Spectrum at Val Vista
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/8/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Gorgeous 5 bedroom 3 bath home in one of Gilbert's best neighborhoods! The gorgeous kitchen has been updated with white cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, & island trimmed out with custom shiplap woodworking. Upstairs linen closet is finished with custom white barnstyle doors. All bedrooms are very spacious & one has a built-in loft style bunk beds the kids will love! This immaculate home has been freshly painted inside & out. Seller will consider allowance for more cosmetic upgrades of buyer's choice with a great offer - MOTIVATED SELLER!!! You will enjoy the large front porch, which is so rare. Go Green with SOLAR POWER-offsetting about 75% of the electricity with an avg monthly bill of only $165! There is also a huge tandem 3 car garage perfect for man cave or shop.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix


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$289,999 :: 2841 E La Costa Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,842 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725843
Community: COOPER COMMONS 3 PARCEL 9
Tract: COOPER COMMONS 3 PARCEL 9
Status: Active


Welcome home to this beautifully maintained single level corner lot home in highly sought after Cooper Commons. Newly professionaly painted in and out! Your new home features a large kitchen with huge island, real wood cabinetry and pantry for extra storage, 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Open and bright concept, vaulted ceilings. The spacious spa inspired master bath features dual sinks, hand laid tiled back splash, tiled soaking tub and tiled shower surrounds with large walk-in closet. Your new outdoor living space is a perfect area to relax after a long day of work or play that features a large sparkling pebble-tec pool. Spanish inspired tiled and brick paver sitting areas and covered patio. Only one owner that has been exceptionally maintained. Won't last long!

Listed with UCI Realty, L.L.C.


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$257,300 :: 2020 E CHICAGO Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,060 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725845
Community: COLONIA CORONITA UNIT 3
Tract: COLONIA CORONITA UNIT 3
Status: Active


3 bedroom/2 bath home in Colonia Coronita on large lot. Conveniently located near Loop 202. Home features North/South exposure, RV gate, covered patio, 2 storage sheds, garage parking, split floor plan, ceiling fans, brick fireplace and dual pane windows. This home has been remodeled from top to bottom and features a brand new roof, new flooring, new modern granite counters and stainless steel appliances. This remarkable property is available for immediate sale. The seller is very responsive and the property is a perfect opportunity for all buyer types.

Listed with American Allstar Realty


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$349,900 :: 3410 E LAFAYETTE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,529 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 01/26/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715120
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 23
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 23
Status: Conditional


Your search is over! This beautifully upgraded home is certain to impress even the pickiest buyer.Check out the 3D virtual tour under the ''photo'' tab. 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,529sf home w/ plantation shutters throughout. There are 3 bedrooms on the upper floor including a large master suite w/ gorgeous ledge stone accent wall and dark hardwood flooring. The master bathroom boasts custom granite counter-tops. Walk-in closet, separate tub/shower and lots of natural light The other two bedrooms share a jack and Jill bathroom w/ separated shower. There is also an open loft on the 2nd floor which is perfect for a private movie/gaming area. The travertine accent wall adds to the cozy feeling of this space

Listed with Desert Ridge Realty Professionals


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$448,000 :: 1350 N LOS FELIZ Drive, Chandler AZ, 85226

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,540 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 01/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5712055
Community: PARKSIDE ESTATES
Tract: PARKSIDE ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/20/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Oversized lot, shade trees, big diving/play pool. New iron front door, New sand filter for pool. Freshly painted exterior and some interior. Large covered patio. New epoxy flooring in garage. Garage cabinets, laundry cabinets. Cabinets in one of the bedroom closets. Updated in the last few years: heat pumps, lighting, flooring, granite counters and backsplash in kitchen. Kitchen opens to family rm with breakfast bar, xtra lighting and crown molding in family rm. Formal dining rm plus separate formal living room. Hand scraped wood floors in living rm. Taupe and tan color scheme. Grass front and back. 3 car garage, fireplace in family room. french doors from master to back yard & from family room to back yd. Phantom screens at both french doors. Pull down stairway to attic. Soft water + R/O

Listed with Dana Hubbell Group


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