After air-conditioning, swimming pools are the second-largest of electricity in Arizona homes.
But now a Valley man is working to change that by using the power of the sun.
"Put it in the pool, turn on the switch, the rear paddle, wheel propels unit through water. The front paddle wheel collects all of the debris. It's called solar breeze."
"There's a filter in the debris tray that filters out all small pollens and dust particles, that sort of thing that are floating on the surface of your pool."
A quick demonstration shows how easy and effective the sun powered pool cleaner is. Paul Sim with Solar Pool Technologies created the first version in 2011.
"The concept is that all that debris you normally clean off the bottom of your pool floats on the surface for three or four hours before it sinks and it takes a lot less energy to get it off the surface of the pool than it does to put your bottom cleaner your suction cleaner, whatever you use to clean it off the bottom," said Sim.
The chamber inside the Solar Breeze NX according to Sim holds nearly twice the amount of the debris your normal basket holds.
"By the time debris gets to the bottom of your pool it's already decayed. It's created bacteria, it started to make your pool look kind of gross. Getting it off the surface means you use a lot less sanitation. You don't have to run your pool pump as much, your pool looks a lot better," said Sim.
The Solar Breeze NX runs all days while the sun is shining and Sim says it can reduce a pool's energy bill by two-thirds. It includes a robotic chlorine dispenser and even filters your pool water, reducing chemical consumption by an average one third.
The solar-powered pool cleaner is available online for pre-order. FOX 10 was told they should be shipping in September.