Pool covers: A quick way to save energy

If you want to ensure your pool is more sustainable, an easy place to start is with a pool cover.

Pools can use a lot of energy, and according to Energy.gov, the most common way for a pool to lose energy is through evaporation. A pool’s evaporation rate depends on factors including temperature of the pool water, air temperature and humidity level, and wind speed. Using a pool cover can reduce water loss by 30 to 50 percent, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Pools can also lose heat quickly, wasting energy. With a pool cover, pool owners can save as much as 50 to 70 percent in pool heating costs.

Pool covers are usually made from polyethylene, polypropylene or vinyl. Bubble covers are the cheapest option, but vinyl covers last longer. If your pool is an outdoor pool, using a transparent pool cover will provide more solar energy absorption than an opaque cover.

Some pool covers use tracks along the sides of the pool to prevent people, animals or debris from getting into the pool. If you are concerned about safety, there are pool covers that can hold the weight of several people. These safety covers are sometimes required in commercial pools.

Automatic pool covers cover and uncover the pool with a simple push of a button, while semi-automatic pool covers use a motor-driven system to roll and unroll the cover, but require someone to guide the cover. Manual covers work on a reel that helps you manually roll up the pool cover, or you can purchase a manual cover that folds up.

For maximum energy and water savings, use a cover at all times that the pool isn’t in use. When purchasing a pool cover, make sure it comes with a two-year warranty. If you have an outdoor pool, expect to replace it in three to five years because of UV deterioration.

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The World’s 10 Strangest Pools

These aren’t your backyard swimming holes. The strangest pools in the world will take you for a swim by the terraced gardens of Bali, in blood-red water in Turkey or in a 3000-foot monstrosity built on the Chilean coast.

Intercontinental Hotel
Where: Hong Kong

The Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong has lavish amenities and the skyline to back it up. And the cherry on top is a set of three pools that sit atop its third-floor spa deck, overlooking Victoria Harbor. With the three pools set to different temperatures—cold, warm and hot—visitors can choose the water that’s just right as they enjoy the closeup view of the Hong Kong skyline.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Where: Grindavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous spots on an island known for its gorgeous and mystical geothermal features. The pool is fed by superheated water vented from the ground near a lava flow, and the lagoon is renewed every two days by a nearby geothermal plant through a combination of natural and artificial filtering. Water is heated naturally beneath the earth’s surface and takes in minerals on its way to the lagoon. The water, which stays at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, is rich in minerals like silica and sulphur, and some people claim it has healing powers for skin diseases like psoriasis.
San Alfonso Del Mar
Where: Chile

The largest swimming pool in the world is more than 3000 feet long, with a deep end that descends 115 feet. Sitting seaside at a resort in Chile, the pool required nearly five years to build and cost $1.6 billion. It has an annual maintenance fee of $3.2 million. Containing more than 66 million gallons of water, it dwarfs the second biggest pool in the world (the Orthlieb in Morocco with a mere 9.5 million gallons). The pool keeps a constant flow of fresh seawater into the pool and old water back out to the sea, using a filtration system to desalinate the seawater before it goes into the pool and clean the pool water before it goes back to the ocean.
Golden Nugget
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

The Golden Nugget casino’s pool may take top honors as the scariest of the strange pools; it gives you the feeling of swimming with the sharks, without actually swimming next to them. The pool wraps around a giant tank for marine life that cost nearly $30 million to complete, and includes a three-story waterslide that runs through the middle of the tank. Don’t worry: There’s clear glass between you and the sharks.
Rangali Island
Where: Maldives

Jutting out into the Indian Ocean from a tiny island in the Maldives, this luxurious pool belonging to the Conrad Maldives Resort and Spa is in the class known an “infinity pools,” which are designed to dissolve the edges of the pool and make you feel like you’re floating atop the ocean itself.
Ubud Hanging Gardens
Where: Bali, Indonesia

At the Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, swimmers get two exotic choices: Overlook the valley from the swimming pool on high, or get into the thick of things in the lower pool among the terraced gardens. Either way, it’s clear that you’re going to have a swimming experience unlike any other you’ve had before.
Where: India

When the Umaid Bhawan Palace of Northern India was finished in 1943, it was the largest private residence in the world with 347 rooms in all. Later, part of the palace was commissioned into a lavish hotel where guests can live like royalty. For those guests, the palace offers access to the underground Zodiac Pool. The pool, housed deep beneath the palace itself, is covered in gold tiles with the twelve signs of the Zodiac painted on the pool bottom, giving an eerie vibe to an otherwise serene experience.
SkyPark At The Marina Bay Sands
Where: Singapore

Singapore’s SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands offers an infinity pool with a first-class view—55 stories up. Perched atop the three towers of the world’s most expensive hotel, the water seamlessly flows over the edge, into a catchment and back into the pool. The pool itself touches all three buildings and is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid on its side.
Nemo 33
Where: Brussels, Belgium

Formerly the world’s deepest pool (until San Alfonso Del Mar stole that title in 2007), Nemo 33 remains the deepest indoor pool at 108 ft. Using highly filtered spring water at 96 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool is home to diving instruction, recreational use and film production. Divers can explore the system of underwater caves, and because Nemo 33 stays a constant warm temperature, they don’t even need wetsuits.
Devil’s Pool
Where: Victoria Falls, Southern Africa

Atop Victoria Falls in southern Africa, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, is one of the scariest pools in the world. In the natural formation called Devil’s Pool, swimmers can look over the falls in relative safety as thousands of gallons of water from the Zambezi River plunge 128 meters into the gorge. At the edge of the pool there is a rock wall that prevents the river from pulling swimmers over the edge. But jumping in is still a harrowing experience for first-time visitors, who can’t see the protective wall from the shore.
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America’s most amazing hotel pools

(CNN) — Sharks, hot springs, mountain vistas, water elevators — all without having to leave the range of room service delivery.When temperatures are brick-oven high and humidity levels surge past “swamp-like,” there’s nothing like a quick swim to cool you off while you travel — be it a business trip or vacation.Throw in monster views, insane settings, and ingenious design, and the pool becomes more than just a watering hole. It’s the ultimate place to chill — a destination unto itself.These amazing hotel pools in the USA are the coolest part of any trip:

Amangani (Jackson, Wyoming)

Talk about a pool with a view.Courtesy AmanOn the edge of a 2,130-meter butte in Jackson Hole, Amangani‘s 35-meter outdoor pool gives unrivaled vistas of the Grand Tetons and Snake River below.It’s heated year-round and linked to a 10-square-meter whirlpool, so you can soak surrounded by snow-capped mountains even in the dead of winter.Amangani, 1535 North East Butte Road, Jackson, Wyoming, 83001 USA; +1 307 734 7333

Amangiri (Canyon Point, Utah)

An idyllic desert retreat.Courtesy AmangiriDesigned to blend into the surrounding desert landscape, this secluded Utah resort embraces its surroundings with a pool carved around a 24-meter high natural stone escarpment that’s more than 165 million years old.Ringed by king-sized daybeds and sun loungers, the pool offers insane views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument during the day and swimming under star-filled skies at night.Amangiri, 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah, 84741-0285, USA ; +1 435 675 3999

Enchantment Resort (Sedona, Arizona)

A breathtaking pool in the midst of the Canyon.Enchantment ResortEye-popping is the only way to describe the 360-degree Red Rock vistas that surround Enchantment‘s aqua blue watering hole.Recently revamped, the pool and patio were doubled in size and elevated three meters (for better sightseeing), and designed to blend into the natural surroundings.Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, Arizona, 86336, USA; +1 888 250 1699

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island, Hawaii)

Guests can swim in an aquarium carved out of natural lava rock.Courtesy Don Riddle/Four Seasons Resort HualalaiSet on Hawaii’s Big Island, this Kona-Kohala Coast resort has seven pools. Among these is King’s Pond, a 1.8-million gallon “aquarium” sculpted out of 200-year-old natural lava rock.Guests can snorkel and swim with more than 75 species of tropical fish, as natural springs and ocean water fill the pond through subterranean channels.Four Seasons Resort, 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA; +1 808 325 8000

Glenwood Hot Springs (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)

Glenwood has played host to a hot springs spa since 1888.Courtesy Darren EdwardsGuests at this Colorado Rockies lodge relaxe in the world’s largest hot springs pool, where 3.5 million gallons of nearby Yampah Springs water flow into one of two bubbling mineral pools daily.The temperature in the smaller therapy pool is a steamy 40 C (104 F). Those looking to do some leisurely laps can dive into the larger pool, which measures more than two city blocks and is kept at a balmy 34 C (93 F).Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, 415 East 6th Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA; +1 877 947 3331

Golden Nugget (Las Vegas)

Sliding into the jaws of a good time.Courtesy Golden NuggetOnly in Vegas would you find a 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium in the middle of a swimming pool.But that’s what you get at the Golden Nugget’s $30 million water complex, where you can swim seemingly side-by-side with a dozen sharks (including sand tiger, brown, blacktip, nurse and zebra varieties).Brave swimmers can get even closer to the predators by slipping down the Shark Chute, a three-story waterslide that shoots you straight through the tank.Golden Nugget Hotel, 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA; +1 800 634 3454

Grand Wailea (Maui, Hawaii)

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Grand Wailea’s pool.Courtesy Grand WaileaGrand Wailea is an epic liquid adventure.With some 2,400-square-meters of aquatic fun, guests can float along a river of nine interconnected pools (complete with whitewater rapids and lazy currents), shoot down four waterslides, rope swing into the Tarzan pool, swim through waterfalls or chill in one of three jacuzzis.And that’s not even the best part. Grand Wailea has the world’s first water elevator; it’s built into a volcano.Grand Wailea, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753; +1 808 875 1234

The Grove Park Inn (Ashveille, North Carolina)

Grove Park’s therapeutic water pools and spa facilities make it a must-visit spot.Courtesy Omni Grove Park InnGrove Park Inn is a legendary resort with a spa that takes inspiration from its stunning mountain setting with an underground grotto of 10 mineral-based, chlorine-free pools framed by cavernous rock walls, arches, and tunnels.Guests can enjoy thundering waterfalls, hot-and-cold plunge pools and a mineral and lap pool, complete with 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded in the ceiling above and underwater music below.The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28804; +1 800 438 5800

The Joule (Dallas)

The neo-Gothic Joule has one of the world’s most striking infinity pools.Courtesy Eric LaignelPushing design to its literal edge, this 1927 historic hotel has one ultramodern feature: a window-walled rooftop infinity pool that sticks out almost 2.5 meters from the building’s exterior.Non-acrophobic can swim to the deep end and take in the views of downtown Dallas, 10 stories below.The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 752201; +1 214 748 1300

Keswick Hall at Monticello (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Keswick Hall Resort and Hotel is located just outside Charlottesville in Virginia.Courtesy Andrew Shurtleff/Keswick HallEditor’s note: As of mid-May 2018, the Keswick is closed for repairs and is scheduled to reopen in 2019 according to its website.On a private 600-acre estate in Virginia wine country, Keswick‘s 25-meter infinity Horizon Pool impresses with a mesmerizing reflection of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.Heated year-round and with piped-in underwater music, this pool is for adults only.Keswick Hall, 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Virginia 22947; +1 434 977 4171Related contentLaps of luxury:

Sheraton Waikiki (Honolulu)

Palm trees — tick. Sun loungers — tick. Infinity pool — tick. Bliss.Courtesy Sheraton WaikikiPractically flush with the Pacific, the Sheraton Waikiki‘s infinity pool blends seamlessly with the ocean, creating the illusion of one spectacular body of water.Additional perks include cold water mists, oshibori (moist towels), MP3s with Hawaiian music and unparalleled views of Waikiki Beach.2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815; +1 808 922 4422

W Miami (Miami)

The perfect spot for a swim.Courtesy W MiamiThere’s plenty of room for cannonballs at this Miami hot spot.Overlooking Biscayne Bay, a waterway connects a 90-meter infinity pool (Florida’s longest), an 80-person hot tub (the world’s largest) and a wading pool. Add it all up and you’ve got a gorgeous 15th-floor water complex that’s the size of a football field.W Miami, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139; +1 305 938 3000

The Sagamore, Bolton Landing (New York)

Admire the Adirondack Mountains as you swim under the sun.Courtesy Ocean PropertiesSet on a 70-acre island in upstate New York, the Sagamore‘s 95,000-gallon infinity pool and large adults-only warming pool command panoramic views of Lake George and Adirondack.With 150-plus chaises, the 930-square-meter terraced deck has ample elbow room for poolside lounging.110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, New York 12814; +1 518 644 9400Stephanie Orma is a San Francisco-based travel and design writer.Editor’s note: This article was previously published in 2013. It was reformatted, updated and republished in July 2017 and again in May 2018.

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History of pools

History Of The Swimming Pool

The “great bath” is the earliest public water tank in the ancient world. It existed over 5000 years ago in the Pakistani city settlement of Mohenjo-daro. The tank itself measures approximately 12 meters north-south and 7 meters wide, with a maximum depth of 2.4 meters. Two wide staircases lead down into the tank from the.

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Best & Worst Trees to Plant around a Pool

Landscaping around a swimming pool can really make your pool pop; but plants and trees need to be chosen carefully. Trees with lots of ‘leaf litter’, excessive pollen, berries or budding debris can cause extra work for you and your pool filter. Trees with extensive root systems can damage pool walls or pool plumbing. And cute.

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Five Reasons to Wear Sunscreen in the Winter!

The days are short and the cold temperatures tell you the sun isn’t as strong. Do you really need to wear sunscreen in the winter? Yes, yes and yes—we can’t emphasize this enough! UVB rays are weaker in the winter, so you don’t get sunburned as easily, but the UVA rays that cause wrinkles, premature.

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