If you use your pool only on weekends, reduce your heater thermostats settings by eight to ten degrees during the week. Furthermore, when leaving for vacation for more than a week, turn off the pool heater, including the pilot light.
Cords for small power tools like sanders and drills can get in the way when you work on a bench. One trick to keep them from interfering is to make up a chain of heavy rubber binders. Loop one end of the chain onto the cord about a foot behind the tool. Loop the other end over a cup hook screwed into the ceiling of your shop. When done, unhook from the cup hook and put the tool in storage.