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 the hot tub. 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.
A limit of 104F is often set by most hot tubs. To reduce your heating expenses, why not try to reduce this to 102F or lower? Because more energy is needed to heat the hot tub with each degree, this will reduce the overall consumption of energy. Lowering this temperature also reduces the amount of chemicals needed to clean your unit.
To save additional dollars, turn down the thermostat if you plan to be away on vacation. If you intend to be gone for more than a week, set the thermostat to the lowest level or turn it off completely. However, be cautious because you should always use some heat during the winter months in order to prevent freezing damage to your pipes and plumbing.