Swimming Pool Pumps and Motors

Get a $100 Rebate for Upgrading Your Pool Filtration Pump

Swimming pools can account for up to 20% of the energy a residence consumes. Single and multifamily residential customers who replace older, inefficient pool pumps or motors with qualifying energy-efficient products can achieve significant savings on operating costs and are eligible for a $100 rebate from PG&E. Upgrading to variable-speed products that can be adjusted to the most appropriate speed can save you money and energy and help to protect the environment.

Rebates for Residential Single Family Customers

To apply for rebates, follow these steps:

  1. Review requirements in the pool filtration section of the Home Money Saver Catalog (PDF, 354 KB).
  2. All pumps must be new, and must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
  3. All motors must be new, and must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
  4. Complete and mail in a Residential Rebate Application (PDF, 168 KB), or apply online.

Rebates for Multifamily Customers

To apply for rebates, follow these steps:

  1. Call the Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555 to request PG&E's Energy Efficiency Rebates for Multifamily Properties packet, which includes a reservation form, application and catalog.
  2. Fax in the completed forms to (415) 973-4961 to receive a reservation number. Reservations will be considered on a first come, firstcome, first-served basis.

More information about the multifamily program.

In partnership with PG&E, the Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry Education (FPSIE), is offering the California Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) course for the installation of efficient pool/spa technology upgrades. Register early, as space is limited.

Benefits of Course:
  • Course completion on or after September 2012 satisfies contractor participation requirement and ensures eligibility to receive PG&E rebates for qualified pool pump equipment.
  • Assures quality service and a high level of expertise to customers.
  • Certification sets installers apart from your competitors as a trusted source of information that customers can rely on to install the most energy-efficient models.

Course Details:
  • Cost: $199
  • The first 27 registrants receive $149 scholarship for course.
  • Full day hands-on presentation 8:30- 4:30.
  • Course material printouts provided.
  • Lunch provided.
  • Installation demonstration by manufacturers.
  • Certification of course completion.

Register online pge.com/caeiclasses or contact FPSIE at (916) 922-8895 for course information and registration.

How can I save money with a new pool filtration pump or motor?
Today pool filtration pumps are available with motors that have a variety of speeds. Variable-speed pumps give you the option to pump at very low speeds during filtration and to operate the water features, cleaning equipment or solar heating at the optimum speeds to conserve energy. Remember that the faster you filter your pool, the more energy you use. Filter slowly and for a longer period per day and you can save approximately half of your current monthly pool electric cost.

Why does slowing the water down reduce pumping costs?
When your variable-speed pump is set to operate at a lower speed, the water moves slower through the piping system, thereby reducing friction. Lower friction decreases the system back pressure and as a result, the pump motor works less. Remember that the faster you filter your pool, the more energy you will use. If you cut your filtration flow or the pump speed in half and pump twice as long you will save about 50% of your current monthly pool filtration cost.

Variable–speed pumps and motors give customers the option to pump at very low speeds to conserve energy or higher speeds to operate water features, cleaning equipment or solar heating. PG&E's incentive program helps pool pump professionals receive incentives when they help customers install energy efficient pumps at their residences.

To join as a participating installer, follow these steps to meet PG&E’s eligibility requirements:

  1. Read and complete the installer participation agreement (PDF, 184 KB).
  2. Attend the Installer training course on or after September 2012.
    • Sign up for the California Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) course at www.pge.com/caeiclasses or call FPSIE at (916) 922-8895.
    • If you have previously completed an approved course, you may be on our list of eligible pool service professionals. Verify by email at PoolPumpRebates@pge.com.

To collect installer rebates, follow these steps:

  1. Perform a qualifying installation. Make sure to follow all PG&E program requirements, terms, and conditions listed in the installer participation agreement, residential rebate catalog (PDF, 354 KB) and residential rebate application (PDF, 168 KB).
    1. Please note that only pumps or motors for primary pool filtration are eligible. Pumps for spas, water features, solar heaters, and cleaners do not qualify.
  2. Collect your incentive. Help your customer complete and submit a residential rebate application (PDF, 168 KB). The application packet must include:
    1. Make and model number of qualifying variable-speed pump or motor.
    2. Make and model number of the Title 20 qualifying controller if it is a stand-alone unit. Controller information must be provided whether you sold and installed it or the customer had the controller installed before you installed the pump.
    3. An invoice showing all of the requirements listed in the proof of purchase section on the application. The installer participation agreement also lists these requirements.
    4. There is no need to complete or fill out a separate installer rebate application if your proof of purchase invoice clearly identifies your company and we can match it to your installer participation agreement on file.

Pool professionals may contact us with questions via email at PoolPumpRebates@pge.com.

Effective August 9, 2009, California Energy Commission's Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards, Section 1605.3 (g)(5) require residential single family pool pumps and motors to be operated by a programmable controller capable of switching speeds automatically and defaulting to the low-speed setting after 24 hours if manual high-speed override is present.

Funding is limited, so apply now. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted. Payment of rebates is not guaranteed as funds are limited, and amounts and offerings are also subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact PG&E’s Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555.

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