You love your hot tub, but those power bills? Not so much. It takes a lot of energy to keep the water in your hot tub at the right temperature. And when the weather turns colder, it costs even more.
But don’t worry! It’s not a lost cause. There are some things you can do to wrestle that power bill to the ground and still get the enjoyment you’re used to from your spa.
Turn it down
Are you really going to notice a difference between 103 degree and 100 degree water? Probably not. But the heater on your hot tub will – and so will your power bill! It’s no different than managing the temperature in your house, where a couple of degrees can make a big difference when the bill comes due. A smaller monster to wrestle, if you will.
Cover it up
Invest in a quality hot tub cover that fits your spa properly – it shouldn’t be too big or too small. And be sure to choose a cover that’s made for where you live. Here in Connecticut, for example, you want a cover designed to hold up to cold winters. Consider upgraded covers with fully insulated hinges and energy reflective undersides, too.
Stuff it full
There’s room in the cabinet for more insulation. Fill garbage bags with insulation and gently stuff them into the empty spaces. It’s like a coat for your hot tub, keeping the cold air just a little further away from the warm water inside.
Turn it off (the air, that is)
When you get out of your hot tub, turn off the air controls. The air they draw in is cold, and that just makes your heater work more.
Break it (the wind, that is)
If your hot tub is outside and exposed, you’d be shocked to learn how much heat you’re losing to the wind. Erect a simple windbreak and your energy bills will likely drop significantly. Plus, you’ll gain some privacy for your hot tub. Win-win.
Try these tips and instead of “Ouch!” your wallet will say “Ahhh!” this winter.
Looking for a hot tub? Today’s models combine comfort, technology and energy efficiency. Implement these tips for lower hot tub energy costs after installation and you’ll be one happy hot tub owner.