As energy prices continue to soar in early 2014, many consumers keep asking for hot tub energy saving tips. At Hot Tub Covers Canada, reducing heat loss remains a focal point in our cover designs. A quality cover, coupled with our energy saving tips, may help keep your hydro bills manageable.
Energy Saving Tip: Insulate
Quality insulation improves any hot tub’s efficiency. If your hot tub is not made from continuous, gap-free insulation, you may need spray foam to fill cracks and gaps. It is also essential to ensure the hot water pipe is covered. A local hot tub dealer can help with your insulation needs. In the event you are looking to purchase or upgrade a hot tub, comparing insulation materials and quality is critical.
Energy Saving Tip: Set Your Thermostat
Industry experts suggest setting your hub tub thermostat at 102ºF (38.8°C). This temperature is hot enough to provide relief and relaxation. If you can comfortably lower the temperature an additional degree or two, you will see even greater savings. Keep in mind an older hot tub may operate more efficiently with a constant temperature, instead of using the heat up/down method. On a digitally controlled hot tub, owners should become familiar with the “Economy” mode (reference user manual or contact local dealer).
Energy Saving Tip: Update Your Pump or Heater
Hot tubs are supplied with a single-speed, two-speed, or combination pump. The recommended basic energy efficiency level for any of these pumps is 82. If your hot tub is aging, you may want to look at replacing your pump, and possibly the heater. The energy savings alone may outweigh your replacement costs.
Energy Savings Tip: Digital Control Systems
Digital hot tub control systems are programmable. New owners should take time to read the manual or request dealer support. Learn to use the “Vacation” mode, which benefits travelers or owners who avoid using their hot tub in the coldest of months. Vacation mode is designed to keep the hot tub circulating, but without significant heat. Some older hot tub models can be upgraded to a digital control system; contact your local dealer for guidance.
Energy Savings Tip: Build A Windbreak
Windbreaks are known for providing protection to hot tubs, but they also help reduce energy consumption. By sheltering sidewalls from high winds or the elements, the levels of weather exposure are reduced. Added bonus – windbreaks can keep your cover safe! You can learn more about windbreaks in our Wind Barriers For Your Hot Tubs article.
Energy Savings Tip: Clean Filters
It may seem simple, but a dirty filter puts excess strain on your hot tub. Take the time to clean and replace your filters on a regular basis.
Energy Savings Tip: Quality Hot Tub Cover
Considered the largest source of heat loss, a poorly maintained or worn hot tub cover can mean costly hydro bills. Learn how to care and inspect your hot tub cover on a regular basis.
At the end of the day, your hot tub works hard to relieve your aches, pains and sore muscles. Why not help your hot tub work more efficiently by employing a few of these tips, and reap the rewards of a lower hydro bill.