Swimming Pools Initiative


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.


The largest energy savings opportunities within residential swimming pools—replacing single-speed pool pumps with higher efficiency, multi- or variable-speed models—has been the primary focus. Members have also considered leveraging the ENERGY STAR® test methodology and connected functionality for pool pumps.

In 2015, the Committee achieved consensus on including a minimum flow rate requirement in the pool pump specification. Membership positions on connected requirements for the ENERGY STAR® Pool Pump Specification were submitted to US EPA. CEE compiled data on member programs that actively promote efficient pool pumps, controls, and other solutions to deliver energy savings.

A Word about Connected

CEE continued development of a CEE specification for connected pool pumps by leveraging the ENERGY STAR connected criteria, member expertise, and the established positions of the CEE membership. The anticipated specification will represent the collective needs of members, spur new DSM programs, and ultimately capture new savings.

By layering data from CEE Residential Swimming Pool Program Summaries over a number of years, trends in participation are apparent.

Data Source:
While program summaries are only available for members, similar data can be viewed in the most recent public CEE Residential Swimming Pool Program Overview.

This US EPA data shows the market availability of two-, multi- and variable-speed pool pumps over time.

Data Source:
ENERGY STAR Certified Pool Pumps: Accessed February 2, 2015,

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


  • communicating to CEE that participation in this Initiative is voluntary



Arizona Public Service

Austin Energy

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Cape Light Compact


City of Palo Alto Utilities

CPS Energy

Duke Energy

Duke Energy Progress

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Efficiency Vermont


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program


Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

National Grid

NV Energy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company



Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PPL Electric Utilities

PSEG Long Island

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Southern California Edison

Tuscon Electric