Every pond or water feature is different and may involve different types of equipment from various manufacturers. Some manufacturers work extremely hard to make their pumps and pond equipment as economical to run as possible whereas others pay less attention to the issue, focussing their efforts on making the pump itself as cheap for the consumer to purchase as possible.
As a rule of thumb, energy efficient pumps will be more expensive to purchase but the savings on power usage can far outweigh the up-front expenditure, so this is something you should consider before ‘jumping’ into a purchase.
Pond Pump Running Costs.
Below is an example of how this can affect your all-important bank balance over 5 years of operating, using a comparison between two popular solids-handling filtration pumps. Filter pumps are generally used 24 hours per day, all year round so power consumption really is an important consideration, as you will see. Equipment and energy costs stated are approximate at the time of writing.
OASE ECO Premium 16000 – Power Consumption = 145 Watts. Pump Cost = £474.99
Blagdon Force Hybrid 16000 – Power Consumption = 260 Watts. Pump Cost £224.99
Average cost per unit (Kilowatt Hour) = £0.12p (at the time or writing).
OASE ECO Premium 16000 - Pump running costs.
- (£0.12 x 0.145kW) x 24 = £0.42p per day.
- £0.42p x 365 days = £153.30 per year.
- £153.30 x 5 = £766.50 per 5 years of operation.
- £474.99 + £766.50 = £1241.49 for pump purchase and 5 years of continuous operation.
Blagdon Force Hybrid 16000 - Pump running costs.
- (£0.12 x 0.260kW) x 24 = £0.75p per day.
- £0.75p x 365 days = £273.75 per year.
- £273.75 x 5 = £1368.75 per 5 years of operation.
- £224.99 + £1368.75 = £1592.75 for pump purchase and 5 years of continuous operation.
The OASE ECO Premium over 5 years is £351.26 cheaper! This does not take into account the manufacturers guarantee periods; OASE offer a 5 year warranty whereas Blagdon offer a 3 year warranty. This would generally suggest that within the 5 years of operation you would likely need to replace the Blagdon pump costing a further £224.99.
Our advice at Water Garden Ltd is to try and research the pond equipment in detail or seek expert advice. Try and purchase quality equipment with long guarantees and which consume the minimum amount of energy and it should all serve you well for many years to come.