The swimming pool pump is the heart of the pool, and the pool pump motor is the core of the pump’s function. If something goes wrong with the pool pump motor, the rest of the pool suffers. On the other hand, if the pump motor is functioning correctly, the entire pool benefits. Motors that are energy efficient, run continuously, and are reliable will create healthier pool water. Most of the basic pump motors are single-speed, and generally need to be run anywhere from three to eight hours a day. Single speed motors use a tremendous amount of energy, especially throughout the course of a year. A standard, single-speed pool pump motor will use about 3.6 kW per day, or 1,314 kW per year. It can cost up to $900 dollars a year to run a single-speed swimming pool pump—and that is only running it for several hours a day. If you were to run one of these basic pool pump motors 24/7 (like you can with our selection of energy efficient swimming pool pumps) the cost would be in the thousands.