As the cooler months approach, you may be wondering about the cost to run and heat your Spa Pool.
Such worries are understandable; after all, spa pools or hot tubs used to require a great deal of power to maintain a constant high temperature. If you’re purchasing a new spa pool, though, there’s good news: In recent years, spa manufacturers have exponentially improved spa pool energy efficiency, and thus the change in your monthly electric bill is likely to be much less than you fear. Here, we’ll address some of your most frequently-asked questions about how much your electric bill is likely to increase when you add a new hot tub to your home.
WHAT AFFECTS A SPA POOL’S ELECTRIC CONSUMPTION?
Frequency of use drives the cost to operate a spa pool up or down. The more use a spa pool receives, the more energy it requires. More use means more heat loss, which forces the hot tub’s system and components to work harder.
Taking good care of your tub by using a high-quality, well-fitting insulated cover and cleaning the filters regularly will reduce your spa pool’s electrical consumption.
Heating up your water adds more to your monthly electric bill than maintaining the water at a constant high temperature. After you heat up your new spa pool for the first time, your next electric bill will be slightly higher than it will be in subsequent months.
Spa water replacement is part of normal maintenance. With some systems, you’ll need to drain and refill the spa pool two to three times each year. After refilling your spa, the water will need to be heated, which will cause a small increase in your next electric bill
The latest Hot Spring innovation to offset the reheating costs is the FreshWater® salt water system. With proper care, this system will keep your water clean and fresh for up to a year.
SHOULD I TURN OFF MY SPA POOL WHEN IT’S NOT IN USE?
No. Turning off your spa between uses does not save money. Once the water is heated to your preferred temperature, you’ll save energy—and money—by keeping it there. It costs more to reheat the water from scratch every time you turn it on. Even if you only use your spa pool once a week, you should still leave it constantly running. For vacations of up to two weeks, you may choose to lower your water temperature to as low as eighty degrees, but otherwise leave your spa operating as usual.
If your tub will be left unattended for more than two weeks, you may wish to consider draining your tub, then refilling it upon your return. As this can be a complicated procedure, consider having a trusted individual periodically monitor your spa pool’s water quality in your absence instead.
HOW MUCH WILL MY ELECTRIC BILL INCREASE WITH A NEW SPA POOL?
HOW CAN I KEEP SPA POOL ENERGY COSTS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE?
Energy conservation rests to some extent in the hands of spa pool owners. By following all your manufacturer’s instructions and the advice of your dealer for spa operation and maintenance, you can keep your energy costs within reason. To maximize energy efficiency, always leave your spa running with the water set at a constant temperature, clean your filters regularly, and keep your spa covered with a well-fitting high-quality insulating cover when not in use.
HOW DOES HOT SPRING KEEP ENERGY COSTS LOW?
Energy efficiency is important to us, so we work constantly to find new ways to improve our high-quality products and lower your spa pool operating costs. Every aspect of a Hot Spring Spas hot tub is designed with energy efficiency in mind:
- The SilentFlo 5000® circulation pump, found in our Highlife® and Limelight® collections, continuously circulates water while using less energy than a forty-watt light bulb. This pump decreases the need for long heating cycles and filtration, which saves you from high electricity costs.
- WaveMaster® jet pumps save money by only being activated and powered on as needed.
- The SmartJet® system allows you to select which jets to power, which ultimately results in lower overall energy consumption.
- Custom-fit spa covers prevent heat loss. Our covers are made with multiple layers of polyurethane foam, which trap heat inside the spa. This foam expands and contracts to fill all gaps.
- Staying on top of the latest technological developments in insulation allows us to manufacture the most energy-efficient spa pools available. Our Limelight® and Hot Spot® spas use our proprietary FiberCor® insulation, while our luxury Highlife® spas use multi-density full foam insulation.
- Our LED lights used in all of our spas use less electricity than standard bulbs.
SHOULD I UPGRADE TO A NEW SPA POOL TO REDUCE MY ELECTRIC BILL?
The hot tubs of ten or twenty years ago relied on high-powered jet pumps to heat the water, causing dramatic increases in energy costs. If your spa pool is more than a decade old, it’s probably time to consider trading in your old spa for a more energy efficient model. Great advances have been made in energy efficiency within the past five years, so even if your current model has several years of life left in it, you might find it worthwhile to talk to one of our expert salesmen about whether an upgrade is a good choice for you.
Spa Pools from Hot Spring Spas are well-known for their high quality, superb performance, and energy efficiency. If you have any additional questions about how a Hot Spring hot tub would affect your electric bill, call Brisbane Spa Super Centre today. 1300 180 743