A koi pond can be an excellent, serene home element near which to unwind and enjoy an afternoon. Unfortunately, it can also be a huge drain on finances, as it burns through electricity. However, what many property owners may not realize is that a beautiful pond that consumes little energy is just as feasible as an energy-sucking behemoth.
If you're considering a koi pond, here's what you need to know about energy consumption before you go forward with the project.
The smaller the koi pond, the less energy drain on your pocketbook. In fact, a smaller pond has very few electrical needs in comparison with larger ones. Plus, similar to larger ponds, filters, aerators, and waterfalls can be installed to run continuously. However, a smaller pond will require much less energy to power the same equipment.
Advancements in technology have decreased energy-drain. With a centrifugal pump or pressurized back flushable filter, only a small amount of energy is necessary to keep your pond clean and neat. Some pumps, like the Oase Optimax, pump more than 30 gallons per watt of electricity.
Taking into consideration how much energy it takes to run a filter, pump, aeration system, and waterfall, the typical small Koi pond will consume between 300 and 500 watts per day, which amounts to about the same energy output as the average computer.
Larger ponds need much larger electronic systems, and they require more power to run waterfalls, pumps, and filters continuously. While a larger pond will cost more energy, there are still ways to decrease the amount of energy that it uses.
Even though a large pond will always be a larger energy drain than a small pond, property owners can cut energy costs drastically by taking a few precautions. For example, using an external pump will be much more energy efficient than using a submersible one, as the pump won't get bogged down with sediment from inside the pond.
With an external pump, energy can be reserved for other items like waterfalls, filters, and skimmers. However, even with high-end technology, this can be very draining on your budget. Running a large-output pond will consume between 2,000 and 3,000 watts per day.
Cutting Energy Consumption
There are ways to reduce the energy consumption of both small- and large-output ponds. Surge protectors are available that can both house your entire pond’s electrical equipment and measure your wattage. This will let you know when you are consuming excessive amounts of energy and when you need to turn off your appliances for a while to conserve.
Other alternatives include using mechanisms that are natural and simple to perform the duties that require large quantities of energy. Aeration systems, such as plants and biological additives, can be biological as well as simple. A water wheel will aerate water and can be attached to a small wind turbine. Filtration can be done solely through plant and animal life. Small frogs and snails can be used to clean algae from a pond. Many plants help filter small debris from a pond.
Regardless of your budget, it is possible to have a beautiful pond that consumes a respectful amount of energy without damaging the serenity of your creation.