For those who are looking to buy their first hot tub, concerns about the cost of operation is often high on the list of matters that need to be addressed. Nobody wants a huge surprise when it comes to their first utility bills after installing a hot tub. But if you learn how to run a hot tub economically you may find that your bills aren’t as high as you might have feared. We’ve come up with an article to discuss the major points of consideration when it comes to being an energy-efficient hot tub owner.
For the most part, you can figure out how much energy your new hot tub will use before you actually buy it. The type of hot tub you buy will play a huge role in how much energy it consumes. For a more energy-efficient tub, you may have to pay more money upfront, but you’ll likely end up saving money in the long run. Take into account these other considerations when doing your hot tub research.
Of course, larger hot tubs will cost more to operate than smaller ones. A larger hot tub will use more water and cost more to heat. However, you shouldn’t decide on the size of your hot tub solely based on how much it costs to fill and heat. If you hope to save a few dollars on your electricity bill by buying a smaller hot tub without considering how many people will actually be using it, you may end up with something that creates more problems than it solves.
The weather patterns in your area will dictate how much energy is needed to keep your water temperature stable. Those who live in areas with a relatively stable climate can expect to pay less in heating costs than those who live in areas that experience large fluctuations in weather. And whether or not you hope to use your hot tub in the winter will factor into how much it will cost to run your hot tub.
Different hot tub models come with varying degrees of insulation. Those that are made for warmer climates will have minimal insulation. The same goes for inground hot tubs which benefit from the insulating properties of the ground they’re embedded in. If you do plan on using your hot tub during the colder months, making sure the cabinet is well insulated will make a big difference in how much it costs to keep the water heated.
Hot Tub Covers
Although heat is lost through the plumbing and cabinet of the hot tub, most heat loss takes place at the water’s surface. A hot tub cover helps keep the heat in and debris out when the hot tub isn’t being used. By using a good fitting and well-insulated hot tub cover you can reduce your water heating bills dramatically while cutting down on the amount of cleaning and chemicals needed.
It actually costs less to keep your water heating running constantly than it does to turn it off after every use. This may seem counterintuitive but increasing the temperature of water by several degrees takes much more energy than maintaining the temperature at a consistent level. Unless you’re not using your hot tub for long periods of time, you’ll find it more economical to keep the water heater running. If you’re not using your hot tub for short periods of time you may find some savings by simply turning the temperature down a few degrees until you’re ready to use it again.
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