Hot tub energy efficiency

Posted by Tom Smith

Hot tub energy efficiency

As you’re probably very well aware, the UK is currently facing a cost of living crisis and many items are going up in price. With that in mind, many of us are trying our best to cut down where we can and save a little more money. In this blog, we’re going to help you with hot tub energy efficiency.

We know that hot tubs and swim spas are a luxury item to own. They’re an investment rather than a one off treat. With energy bills high and rising, many people are more wary of their energy usage. We’re sure that you’re already on the lookout for ways to reduce your hot tub running costs and we’ve got all the tips you need.

Which hot tubs are energy efficient?

If you’re looking for energy efficient hot tubs, we truly believe that you can’t go wrong with Master Spas™. Every model of hot tub and swim spa that is manufactured by them meets, and exceeds, strict regulations set out by the California Energy Commission (CEC™).

Master Spas is the biggest hot tub and swim spa manufacturer in the world. They’ve been building luxury spas since 1996.

Each hot tub and swim spa by Master Spas is built using Icynene foam technology, which is an expanding insulation option. The expanding full foam insulation works perfectly to close off any gaps, meaning that cold air can’t get in and cool down one area of your hot tub.

This clever method of insulation also means the foam cannot do any damage to the environment. The Icynene foam works as a barrier between you and the cold outdoors, allowing you to stay comfortable, reduce heat loss and save money.

When you buy a Master Spas hot tub, you can be confident that your hot tub cabinet is made using high quality materials to ensure you have an energy efficient hot tub.

Hot tub energy efficiency top tips

Hot tub cover

All of our luxury hot tubs and spas come with a perfectly fitting, quality cover, so you don’t need to worry about the extra cost.

But, as with everything, over time, the thermal cover can become worn out, especially when it’s fighting off the weather in the UK! With this in mind, it is important that you check your hot tub cover over every now and again to ensure that there are no cuts or rips in the material.

Regularly checking that your hot tub cover is intact can help to prevent heat escaping from inside your hot tub, meaning that it’ll be warmer when you decide it’s time to relax.

Set your water temperature

If you’re looking to lower your energy consumption, you could consider setting your hot tub to a steady temperature and leaving it at that all the time. This can reduce operating costs as you won’t have to use a lot of electricity heating it up every time you want to hop in.

It also means you won’t have to wait at all for your hot tub to heat, you can just grab your favourite drink and head in.

Keep on top of your cleaning and filters

We say this a lot but caring for your hot tub and maintaining cleanliness is so important. If you can clean your hot tub little and often, while completing a full clean a few times a year, you’ll save yourself money on chemicals and water bills.

If you leave your hot tub to become grubby and let the spa water go green, you’ll have to empty it and re-fill it, while ensuring the chemicals are in balance and testing is being completed.

Many people overlook how important your hot tub filter is. If your filter becomes dirty, your hot tub will end up working much harder and you may cause damage. Before inspecting your hot tub filter, you should turn off your hot tub. You can then remove the filter and give it a good rinse. After drying completely, the filter can be returned.

You should rinse your hot tub filter at least once a week to ensure that it is kept in good working order. Once a month you should remove the filter and leave it to soak inside a specific filter cleaning solution overnight to remove any bacteria.

Using a hot tub in winter vs summer

Imagine sitting, bubbling away on your comfortable lounger, as the cold, crisp, outside air reaches your face…ahhh and relax, even when it’s cold outside! We know how much everyone loves a hot tub in winter.

We also know how tempting it can be to set the water temperature to 40 degrees. But, there’s really not much between having your hot tub a few degrees lower, so you might find that you enjoy the warm water slightly more than it being hot. This could save you a bit of money, as your hot tub doesn’t need to work as hard to heat up.

In the summer months, you may find that you don’t want the water quite as hot, as  you’ve already got warm air outside. This means your hot tub water will naturally be warmer and require less heating which means hopefully a lower energy bill!

Plan ahead

This one is particularly useful to those who are still researching hot tubs before they buy! It goes without saying that any building can help to reduce the wind, so why not position your hot tub by a building to reduce the chill? If you’re in a position to do it then you might as well save money in the long run.

You’d be surprised how much of a difference it can make and it usually also means you’ll have a shorter walk when you need a new drink!

How much does it cost to run a hot tub?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to give a 100% accurate prediction for a hot tub energy bill. How much it will cost to run your hot tub will depend on a number of factors including:

  • How often you use your hot tub
  • How long you use your hot tub for
  • Your set water temperature
  • Your use of jets
  • The cost of your electricity tariff
  • The wind speed

However, we’ve done our best to find an estimate for each hot tub, which you can find on each product page.

Our hot tub running costs are estimated based on a number of average conditions, including energy prices, water temperature, jets usage, ambient temperature and cover usage. Each test has been conducted to meet industry requirements, so you can have some peace of mind.

We hope that you’re loving your hot tub and that if you’re looking for ways to save money then our hot tub energy efficiency tips have been useful. If you need any advice or you’re looking to purchase a new hot tub or swim spa, feel free to get in touch with us.

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