5 Money and Energy Saving Tips for Your Hot Tub

All hot tubs and spas have one thing in common – they heat and circulate water. This process will make your heating and water bills rise and, if you’re not careful, could cost you much more than you bargained for.

There are many ways you can save water and energy with your hot tub so you aren’t shocked the next time you open your next utility bill.  Just follow these money and energy saving tips for your hot tub so you can enjoy your hot tub year round without it costing you a fortune.

1. Take a Look at Your Cover

Heat rises, that is why so much insulation is placed in the attics of homes. The same principle applies to your hot tub as well. Most hot tubs come with covers that provide decent insulation, but you can often do better. As your hot tub cover ages, cracks can form that reduce its ability to effectively insulate your hot tub causing.

The more heat you lose, the more energy you will spend reheating the water. Be sure your hot tub cover is in perfect shape and if you must replace it, do your homework and buy a cover that will do a great job insulating your tub.

2. Block the Wind

When the wind passes over your hot tub, it will cool and even evaporate the water in your tub. This will require you to not only add more water but you will also spend more reheating it to keep it at the temperature you want it.

Create a windbreak around your hot tub using privacy panels, fencing or even shrubs. This will not only help you stop the wind from cooling your water, but it also adds a nice attractive look to your hot tub and can give you much more privacy.

3. Adjust the Thermostat

Most hot tubs and spas come with a high-temperature limit of 104° F. While you may be tempted to keep the hot tub at its hottest temperature, you could save quite a bit of energy and money simply by turning it down just a little bit.

By setting your thermostat at 102° F or even a little lower, you can drastically reduce your energy consumption and save yourself some money in the process. The hot tub doesn’t have to be set to the highest possible temperature for you to enjoy a nice warm and soothing soak, so why waste the money keeping the water at the hottest temperature?

4. Check the Filters and Plumbing

Clogged or worn out filters will reduce the circulation of your water placing more strain on the pump motor and reducing the efficiency of your heater element.

Every 3 to 4 months, you should change the water in your hot tub. While you are changing the water, you should take the time to flush the plumbing system and clean out or replace the filter. This will ensure better water circulation allowing both your pump and heater to work much more efficiently.

5. Conserve Water

Avoid wasting water at all costs. The more water that’s wasted in your hot tub, the more you will have to replace. And then reheat causing both your heating and water bills to rise.

When using the hot tub, avoid excessive splashing and adjust your jets so that water isn’t lost to your deck. If you believe there is a leak, track it down immediately and repair it. Remember, conserving water is not only good for your wallet, but also for the environment. So while using your tub, be sure you are always aware of how much water you are wasting and try to stop it before it happens.

Even after you have taken all the steps you need to save money and energy, you should take the time to track your progress. For a few months after you install your new hot tub, monitor your electric and water bills to see how you are doing. If you happen to notice a spike in your bill, take a closer look at your hot tub for any more problems.

Hot tubs can be a wonderful addition to any home, but they don’t come cheap. Proper care and maintenance of your hot tub are key if you want to save as much money as possible while making sure that your hot tub is in tip-top shape so you can enjoy it all year long.

Happy Soaking!

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