Investing in a hot tub is a big decision, especially because it has the potential to raise your electric bills. Luckily today’s hot tubs are far more energy efficient than older models, but it’s important to know what to look for in an energy efficient hot tub.
Below you’ll learn about the most economical hot tubs and how to run yours while saving energy.
Avoid Energy Wasting Features
A top question among consumers is: How much will a hot tub increase energy bill costs? The only answer is that it depends on the hot tub. The first step to saving energy is to invest in an energy-efficient hot tub. Look for a hot tub that provides maximum circulation while saving energy. Some hot tubs feature air blowers or bubblers, but these use a lot of power and they also cool the water, so it’s best to avoid them when you want to save energy. Instead, go for controllable air-induction jets.
Get the Right Filter
Continuous filtration pumps are good choices because they circulate the water constantly without using much power. Not only will this reduce the cost of energy used during long periods of heating and filtration, but it will make your hot tub run much more quietly.
Invest in a Quality Cover
While a hot tub cover may seem like something you can skimp on, the reality is that choosing a good quality cover can help you save big on energy bills. Purchase a cover that is designed to retain heat. This often means that it will be insulated and have the ability to be locked down to prevent warmth from escaping. Double wrapped foam cores, padded and sealed hinges, and reflective metallic shields for keeping heat in your hot tub will all help you save energy. If your current cover has broken latches, it’s a good idea to replace it.
Using Your Hot Tub Settings
The best hot tubs are equipped with a variety of energy saving settings, including hot tub economy mode. One thing you can do to reduce your energy bills is to reduce the heat from 104F (the most common hot tub temperature) to around 102F. This will significantly reduce the amount of power you use.
In addition, the latest spas have energy saving settings you can use while you’re away or on vacation to keep your spa in good shape while reducing power usage. During the height of summer, it’s also often possible to completely turn the heat off or leave it at the lowest setting.
Keep Your Filters Clean
While cleaning your filter may seem to have nothing to do with energy consumption, a dirty filter will make your pump work harder, which can substantially raise your energy usage. Cleaning your filter every 3-4 months with a designated filter cleaner will help keep your system running strong.
There are also several additional things you can do to reduce your energy usage. Running your hot tub’s heater and filters during your electric company’s off-peak hours, closing the air valves before you soak when you don’t need a serious massage, and choosing LED lights rather than typical spa bulbs can all help you save. Finally, if your spa is old and using a lot of energy, it’s likely that replacing it will help you save big simply because of new, energy saving features on the latest hot tubs.
Now that you have ideas for how to save more energy when using your hot tub, download our buyer’s guide to see our range of energy efficient options.