RISING energy prices are making it harder for some Australians to keep warm in winter, but they will also hit the hip pocket when summer rolls around and not just for those with air conditioning.

New research by electricity retailer Pooled Energy has revealed swimming pool operational costs are likely to rise by an average of 53 per cent thanks to recent energy hikes.

This is significant when considering the annual total costs in different parts of Australia for a typical pool of 45,000 litres, with a 1100 watt pump.

There are currently 1.4 million swimming pools in Australia, using a total energy consumption of around half the state of Victoria, according to Mr Riedl, whose company provides energy saving automation systems for pools. Pooled Energy claims it can save pool owners an average of $1292 a year in Brisbane, $1189 in Sydney and $626 in Melbourne.

Read the full story by Tim McIntyre, News Corp Australia Network