“We treat this world of ours as though we have a spare one in the trunk,” or so the saying goes. Today marks the 43rd Earth Day in the United States, and it’s a good time to reflect on what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. One area where you can easily conserve energy is with your hot tub.
Saving energy will not only reduce the impact on the environment, it will also save you money in energy costs and reduce wear and tear on your spa.
Conserving energy in your hot tub comes down to this: Get the water hot only when you need it; and prevent that heat from escaping.
Here are 10 Easy Energy Saving Hot Tub Tips:
- Use a timer. Set the heater timer to come on 15-20 minutes before you’ll be using the spa.
- Lock the cover. By locking the cover you can be sure it’s on tightly and securely with no gaps. A good hot tub cover that is used properly is your #1 energy saving resource.
- Close Valves. When the spa is not in use, close the valves to prevent warm air from escaping.
- Lower Filter Duration Cycle. Don’s sacrifice water quality or chemistry, but if you are a solo user or at times when you are using the hot tub minimally, you can use this technique to save electricity.
- Maintain a steady temperature. The drop in spa temperature after 4-5 days will take more energy to re-heat. It’s more energy efficient to maintain a steady temperature on economy mode than to turn off the spa for several days and then re-heat. This is highly relevant to weekend hot tubbers who turn their spa on only for the weekends.
- Sleep Mode. Use this mode when you are away for long periods of time.
- If the electric company offers reduced rates during peak hours, take advantage of the savings by heating the spa after a drain and refill during this time period.
- Wind or privacy screen. Not only is this convenient for privacy and comfort when exiting the spa, you can reduce heat loss by protecting the hot tub from the wind,
- Don’t waste water. When it’s time to drain your hot tub, re-use the water to irrigate your lawn, for example. Make sure to not add chemicals 3 days prior to the drain.
- Switch to ThermoClear. This patented mineral-bed technology recreates nature’s own process of purifying water. A chlorine and bromine alternative, ThermoClear requires maintenance and you drain your spa only twice a year. You may also want to consider installing an Ozonator.
Designed to save you money, ThermoCovers have a 4 ½ inch core of the best Super-Foam – the same insulation used on the Alaskan Pipeline! Experts suggest replacing a hot tub cover every five years to help reduce monthly operating costs.
Or, look into adding a ThermoBlanket. These energy-efficient floating blankets will help retain heat and reduce the amount of moisture building up inside the cover, extending its life.