Pool Pump

Pool Energy Efficiency Program


Frequently Asked Questions

  • ENERGY STAR certifies both multi-speed and variable-speed residential in-ground pool pumps ranging in size from ½ horsepower up to 4 horsepower. To meet the Energy Star specification, the pool pump must have an Energy Factor (EF)  a measure of efficiency  of 3.8 or greater. At this time, all variable-speed pool pumps do meet the minimum Energy Factor rating of 3.8 and qualify for Duke Energy’s rebate. Single-speed pool pumps will not meet the Energy Star specification and therefore do not qualify for our rebate.

  • Regular annual maintenance is still recommended. However, because variable-speed pool pumps use totally enclosed, fan-cooled motors, they are not as susceptible to dirt and moisture. Please review the manufacturer's operating and installation instructions, or ask your participating contractor for maintenance instructions.

  • After the participating contractor completes the work, he or she will fill out and submit the rebate form, along with any required documentation. Once we receive it, you will get your money in the mail. The process typically takes 4-6 weeks.

  • To be eligible, you must be a Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Ohio, Duke Energy Indiana, or Duke Energy Kentucky customer who owns or is the builder of a single-family residence with a new or existing in-ground swimming pool. Variable-speed pump must be for main water filtration of pool, and the pump must be installed by one of our participating contractors.
  • Each participating contractor is a local professional who has met Duke Energy’s requirements. Only these participating contractors are approved to perform work eligible for Duke Energy Smart $aver Program rebates.

  • According to ENERGY STAR, certified variable-speed pool pumps can save the average household up to $340 per year on electric bills compared to a standard single-speed pump. Larger pools with larger pool pump motors will save even more. Depending upon the number of months you operate your swimming pool, your savings could be even greater.
Duke Energy reserves the right to revise program requirements and incentive levels at any time. Incentives are subject to availability. For questions not addressed on the website, call 866.785.6209.

* www.energystar.gov
Total estimated first-year savings of up to $640 is calculated by adding $300 rebate to $340 in potential annual energy savings.

** Savings figures based on U.S. Department of Energy calculator estimates. Actual savings may differ based on individual energy use habits, size of pool and pool pump model.  
† Savings figure based on Energystar.gov calculator estimates.

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