Denniswiseman wrote:Hi Hsiao
That is running at full speed it's 3/4 kw down to a light bulb
Hsiao, whilst you have a power meter fitted, as I have said all the way through you need a flow meter to tell you exactly what the pump is pushing through the system.
Pumps are made with an impeller of the right size and shape to operate at the given RPM. yes you can vary that to a point but too slow and they become inefficient and the flow through the system will be too low to achieve clearing the water. With low batherload pools you can get away with a lot but these are schoolboy errors to assume you can just wind down the pump.
I have had people do just that and they lost control of their pool and had to turn the system back up. Guessing only, you could wind down the RPM by 33%-about 50% of the power safely but with a flow meter you get the real data and you will see when using low power how quickly the flow drops when the filter begins to get dirty, along time before the gauge shows an increase in pressure.
Pool equipment was never designed to be efficient so if you tinker you can end up worse off. When I setup a system the most important part is to monitor the flow at given pump RPM and from that we can setup what works.
I have spent my time designing super efficient pool systems and I know what will work and what won't. My pool runs at 60-69 watts per hour at the proper flow rate to turn over the pool. I am working on a new filter that should improve on that even more and actually backwash properly.