Relaxing in a hot tub can do wonders to your stressed-out body but the experience can be bad for your electric bill. This is because these devices heat water and can strain your pocket, especially if you don’t know how to conserve energy. To enjoy the benefits of a hot tub without overspending, here’s what to do:
Use a good spa cover. This prevents water from evaporating quickly and saves energy. The cover effectively stops heat from rising and prevents 85 percent of heat loss provided it fits snugly over your spa. Remember to cover your hot tub when you’re not using it.
If you have an old spa cover, throw it away and get a new one to minimize heat leaks that may occur at the hinge-fold or at the spa shell rim. A high quality spa cover offers several advantages. It saves energy, lasts longer, is more resistant to water absorption, and makes your spa even more beautiful.
Keep your hot tub private by cutting wind exposure around it. This not only ensures your privacy but can dramatically reduce heat loss. Effective windbreaks include shrubs, fencing, or spa enclosures. You can also use a coverall if you like.
Most spas have a high temperature limit of 104 F. To cut heating expenses, why not set it at 102F or lower? This will reduce your overall energy consumption since more energy is needed to heat the hot tub with each additional degree. Lowering pool temperature also reduces the number of chemicals needed to clean the hot tub.
To save even more, turn down the thermostat when you’re away or on vacation. If you intend to be gone for a week or more, set the thermostat at its lowest level or turn off the heater completely. However, in cold weather, some heating is required to prevent freeze damage to the pipes and plumbing.