Backyard pool

Tucson Electric Power residential customers can enjoy a refreshing dip in their energy expenses and an instant rebate by purchasing a high-efficiency variable-speed pool pump.

Customers can receive a $100 rebate by purchasing an ENERGY STAR®-qualified variable-speed pump from a TEP-qualified pool professional. With proper calibration, variable speed pumps can reduce energy use by 65 percent, potentially saving customers more than $445 annually in energy costs year after year.

Standard pool pumps operate at a single, high speed at all times. Variable-speed pumps can be programmed to operate at high speed only when necessary, which saves energy and improves pool water quality. They’re also quieter, allowing a more enjoyable time around the pool.

The rebate is fast and easy. Customers just need to present one of their TEP bills to a TEP-qualified pool professional, who will apply the rebate as a discount at the time of purchase.

TEP-qualified pool professionals work with customers to install and calibrate pumps for optimum energy savings. To receive a rebate, pumps must be installed on an in-ground pool at a single-family residence. A list of eligible pool pumps, TEP-qualified pool professionals and full program guidelines are available at tep.com.

The program is one of several energy efficiency offerings from TEP this year, including discounted LED bulbs at area retailers, rebates on Nest smart thermostats and heating and cooling system tune-ups. All of these customer-funded energy efficiency programs have been approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The programs have been proven to be cost-effective for all customers – not just those who participate – by reducing TEP’s long-term need for new energy resources. They also reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in reduced air emissions and water usage.

TEP’s energy efficiency programs have helped customers save about 1,365 gigawatt-hours – enough energy to power 139,200 homes for a year. These savings help TEP work toward the goals in Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard, which calls for utilities to achieve cumulative energy savings of 22 percent by 2020.