How would you like to spend 90% less than you are now on pool energy costs? You can do just that and help save the environment by upgrading your current pool equipment. For new pool owners, the investment can seem huge compared to a traditional pump, but it will pay for itself in no time. The uniqueness of variable speed pumps is that the pump matches the speed with the pools needs, eliminating the pump having to run at 100% all of the time. Running a pump at lower speeds for a long period of time uses significantly less power than running on high speed for even a very short period.