Cold weather = high energy bills. Yup, that’s a pretty easy conclusion to come too. Yet, even with those high energy bills, if you are like me, we want to keep our hot tubs going during the cold winter months. So how can you keep your energy bills low but also indulge in a hot soak this winter? Follow these great tips for energy conservation:
- If you are purchasing a new hot tub, look for ones with energy saving devices and features that are built in, such as insulated spa walls, titanium coil heaters, LED lighting and more. There are also optional energy efficient features that can be upgraded for older models of hot tubs.
- Keep the heat in! Most new spas have well-insulated shells but heat can still escape from the top. Using a fitted spa cover can trap heat, reduce evaporation and even decrease the time you spend cleaning, refilling and adjusting your chemicals.
- Turn it down a smidge. Might be simple, but lowering your thermostat can minimize your heating costs.
- Time to time it. If you are like most people, you probably use your hot tub infrequently. Using a timer can help minimize costs by only switching on the hot tub when you typically use it.
- Just keep it clear. Only run the spa pump as long as you need to. Start by running your pump for a set amount of hours per day and if the spa stays clear, run the pump less often. If the water starts to get cloudy, run it a bit more each day.
- No usin’, start drainin’. If you do not plan to use your spa in the winter, draining the water can save money and hassle!
- Blankets are used for more than just keeping you warm! Purchase a floating thermal blanket for your spa to further insulate the water against the cold. Using a thermal blanket will lower energy costs and help prevent the water from freezing.
Implementing even a few of these energy conservation tips can significantly cut down on energy costs…. And hey, can’t we all use a financial break??