North Carolina and South Carolina are the perfect states in which to enjoy outdoor living. Although the climates in these two states vary, from the beaches of coastal towns to the mountains of western NC, every area has beautiful scenery and, for much of the year, temperate weather. If you’ve been thinking about adding a water feature to your outdoor living space, there are many decisions that have to be made before it can be installed.
First, you have to figure out what sort of water feature you want. There are dozens of options, from intricate standalone fountains to waterfalls that empty into swimming pools to small fountains in the middle of existing ponds. Once you’ve figured out what type of water feature best suits your needs, you will have to choose an appropriate water pump. This can be harder than homeowners expect it to be, primarily because there are so many different options on the market. Here, you’ll discover just a few of the reasons you should invest in a solar-powered water pump.
Solar pumps are a sustainable choice
Many modern homeowners are concerned with making the greenest possible choices when they do home renovations. In the case of water pumps, solar-powered models are the most sustainable option. This is because water pumps actually help keep lawns looking lush and well-irrigated. Even though you will have to use quite a bit of water to fill your water feature initially, you can attach it to a sprinkler system that will help you conserve water over time. Furthermore, by choosing a solar pump, you won’t be using additional electricity, which is not good for the environment.
Solar pumps are cost-effective
Depending on which solar water pump model you select, you may spend more money upfront than you would on an electric pump, but the item is sure to pay for itself relatively quickly. On average, even the most efficient electric water pumps cost about $30 per month to operate. Solar-powered pumps, on the other hand, don’t require any additional energy usage. If you’re worried about whether or not your water feature will be able to run all night using solar power, rest assured there are very good backup battery packs on the market. Some pumps even include one out of the box.
Solar pumps are simple to install outside
Installing electric water pumps outside can actually be quite tricky. Because electrical wires can’t sit out in the elements year-round, they generally have to be placed in buried PVC piping, then covered, and re-sodded. This is a lot of extra effort to go to for a water feature! Installing a solar-powered pump, though, is generally a very easy process that takes just a few minutes, particularly if a professional handles the job.
If you have questions about how to get a new water feature up and running on your property, give the team at Hatch Homes a call. A member of our crew will be happy to talk with you about all of the services we offer in the Carolinas. We look forward to learning more about the vision you have for your outdoor living space in the near future.