Cool the Pool
Our recent week of swimming in the Golden Bear pool at water temperatures in the low 70’s has generated some cold-water reflections.
If we were to lower the daily water temperature from 80 to 78, these two degrees would save the university thousands of dollars in heating costs and lower our share of carbon emissions.
If this were applied to all the UC pools, what would the multiplier effect be?
What about all the Pacific Masters Swimming pools? Each community could maintain one warmer pool, for those of young or old age, with special needs or medical problems that require higher temperatures.
In the US, swimming pools collectively consume about 9 -14 kilowatt hours resulting in CO2 emissions of about 10 million tons per year, equivalent to about 1.3 million cars on the road per year. Energy costs go up by 10-30% for each added degree of water warmth.
Why not make our tiny contribution to this massively needed effort since we are among the privileged who have access to a pool? The shift in two degrees might take some weeks to acclimate to. Yes, this is a discomfort. But considering the stakes for our planet, it is nothing.