Swimming Pools Initiative


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Engaging installers with variable speed pumps is a key strategy. Source: Pentair

The primary objectives of this Initiative are to increase the sales and proper installation of high efficiency swimming pool equipment and to deliver energy savings for residential pools in the US and Canada. CEE has identified swimming pool pumps as representing the largest energy savings opportunity. Initiative participants support the CEE high efficiency specification for pool pumps through incentives and consumer education. They share strategies for engaging swimming pool contractors and ensuring proper installations.


In 2016, CEE collected program details from 29 members promoting high efficiency pool equipment through consumer education, incentive programs, and Initiative participation. Most high efficiency pool pump incentive programs address both consumers and contractors. Several members offer installer training and maintain a list of certified contractors. A smaller number of programs promote high efficiency pool pump motors, pool controllers, and pool heaters.

A Word about Connected

CEE has identified pool pumps as representing a promising load management opportunity and plans to continue the development of a CEE specification for connected pool pumps. In particular, CEE will leverage the recently launched connected criteria for room air conditioners, developed by the CEE Connected Committee. These directives stem from the guidance CEE provided to the ENERGY STAR® program in 2012 and subsequent five years of CEE-facilitated consensus building with demand response and smart grid professionals. The anticipated pool pump specification will represent the collective needs of members, spur new IDSM programs, and ultimately capture new savings.

How to Participate

Residential Swimming Pool Initiative membership is open to participants who are currently:

  • promoting high efficiency pool pump equipment that meets ENERGY STAR requirements or the CEE High Efficiency Residential Swimming Pool Pump Specification
  • demonstrating effective outreach about the benefits of high efficiency equipment to consumers, pool contractors, and retailers
  • providing contractors and retailers with the necessary tools for bringing the efficiency message to consumers
  • promoting contractor training and audit programs to ensure that high efficiency pool pumps are correctly installed so as to deliver and maximize energy savings


Ameren Missouri

Arizona Public Service

Austin Energy

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Cape Light Compact

Commonwealth Edison Company

Connecticut Natural Gas

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

Duke Energy

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon


Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Hydro One


Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Mississippi Power

National Grid

New Jersey Natural Gas

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company



Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PSEG Long Island

Questar Gas

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Southern California Edison

Southern Connecticut Gas

Tampa Electric

Tennessee Valley Authority


Vectren Corporation