Operating Costs

Pond pumps, pool pumps, water feature pumps, marine aquarium pumps, solar pumps, and spa pumps operating costs are all being revolutionized with the new Money Saver Pumps! The pump with a gas pedal! This adjustable horse power system has been proven by industry and power companies to save a lot of money.

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Electrical Costs Operating Costs Breakeven period

Everyone wants a pond pump that will perform well for them, and at the same time not cost too much to operate.

Remember again:

  • The 1st commandment of pond water pumps is amps (amperage) equals money down the drain!
    • Higher amps means more money down the drain,
    • Lower amps means saving more money.
    • Amps x $150 = the cost per year (at a kilowatt-hour cost of $0.15), which is typical for California, to run a pump.
    • Amps x $1,500 = the cost per 10 years (the typical life of a motor).
  • The 2nd commandment is if you are not using a Money Saver Pump™ you are spending much more amps and money than you need to!
    • With a Money Saver Pump™ you dial your savings.
  • If you can save $ thousands of dollars per year by switching to a Money Saver Pump™, when would be the best time to switch? 
    • NOW!

What determines the performance of a pump?

  • The amount of water it will move through the pump head resistance in your pond
    • This is a function of the Horsepower of the pump
    • The revolutions per minute (RPM) of the pump
      • The higher the RPM the higher the flow
      • The higher the RPM the higher the pump head the pump will overcome
      • The higher the RPM the greater the horsepower
    • The size and design of the impeller in the pump
      • Diameter of the impeller
      • Size, number, width, and design of the impeller blades
    • Whether or not the pump has a diffuser

What affects the initial purchase price of a motor? How about the operating cost of a motor? Would you believe that many elements that increase the initial purchase price, actually reduce the operating cost. For instance:

  • The size of the wire in the motor winding
  • The amount of copper in the wire
  • More iron in the rotating elements
  • A Precision air gap between the stator and rotor
  • Premium anti-friction bearings
  • Low loss cooling fan design
  • Better rotor construction

The operating cost of a motor-pump combination is the cost of electricity that the pump uses.

  • Remember the amps x voltage gives you the watts. 
  • So if your pump draws 10 amps at 115 volts, you are using 1,150 watts per hour, and if you are paying $0.10 (10 cents) per kilowatt-hour it is costing you $0.115 per hour, or $2.76 per day, which is $85.56 per month, and $1,007.40 per year.

How much would you save over 5 years if you could reduce the amps from 10 to 2.6? Would you believe $2,400? How much more would you save if you ran the pump at an average 65% of its design speed, resulting in a savings of 71%; reducing the amps to 0.75 amps? You would save another $1,850 for a total savings of $4,250; an annual operating cost of $150? How much more would you be willing to pay for a pump that could save you $8,500 over a 10 year lifetime?

The following table shows the amps the more popular pumps draw as a function of horsepower.

Horse Power Money- Saver Motor™ Jacuzzi 2-speed Wave Pumps Sequence 1725 RPM Sequence 3450 RPM
Amps
1/8 0.3 2.6 1.7 1.04  
1/6 0.4   2    
1/5 0.5 3.6      
1/4 0.7 4.4 2.5 2.87  
1/3 0.9       8.7
1/2 1.3       8.8
3/4 1.9   8.8   12.3
1 2.6 8.8 11   16.5
1.5 4 12.2 13.8   19.4
2 5 16.4     25
3 6.8        
5 13        

Another factor to consider is since we started focusing on the amperage used, many manufacturers' of less efficient pumps have now dropped amperage totally, and only report wattage. To make comparisons even worse some of them are using the motor's "Power Factor" to lower the wattage, which gives an artificially low wattage, i.e., Volts x Amps x Power Factor. In general the cheaper motors have lower Power Factors, which tempts them to report an artificially low "wattage". So for instance, a 115 volt motor that draws 4 amps would be 460 watts, however, with a Power Factor of 0.8 many manufacturers will report the wattage as 460 x 0.8 = 368 'watts'. So they report 368 watts for a 115 volt motor that really draws 4 amps.

 

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