The way you sanitize your pool can cost you quite a bit of money every year. The newest and easist way to keep your pool clean is with a Salt Water Chlorine Generator. This system will turn Salt Water into Chlorine.
Heating your pool can cost you thousands of dollars per year with the wrong heater. The most energy efficient heater is the sun, you can heat your pool with a solar heater with no additional energy. These systems even qualify for a state tax credit (see your tax consultant for more information). The next best way is a heat pump. These pumps will maintain the heat in your pool at a much lower cost than a gas or propane heater. You should always cover your pool with at least a solar cover to keep in the heat at night.
If you are building a new Pool you can incorporate all of the above plus the following: Make sure that the Circulation System is properly sized. What this means is that your plumbing needs to operate as follows- The water needs to travel less than 6 feet per second on the suction side and eight feet per second on the return side. Most pools even today are plumbed improperly, by not plumbing the pool proeprly you will need a larger pump and it will need to work harder to keep your pool clean.
If you apply all of these items, your pool will be easy to take care of and will be very inexpensive to operate.