Weighing The Options

The annual operating cost for a typical outdoor 25-meter x 50-meter pool–including water, power, heating and pool chemicals–is about $256,000. The largest expense is natural gas at $184,400 (72 percent of total cost). Electricity is next at $40,800 (16 percent), followed by pool chemicals at $20,900 (8 percent), and finally, water usage at $9,400 (4 percent). In just the past few years in California, the cost of natural gas has risen from an average of $0.55 per therm to almost …


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