Thinking about buying a hot tub this holiday season? Worried about energy prices and how they keep increasing? Not only do our customers want to know how much a hot tub costs to purchase, but they want to know how much their electric bill will increase.
If you’re purchasing a new hot tub, there’s good news!
Spa manufacturers have exponentially improved hot tub energy efficiency in the last few years. This means the change in your monthly electric bill is likely to be much less than you fear. Here, we address some of your questions about energy efficiency and a hot tub.
We look at how much your electric bill is likely to increase when you add a new hot tub to your home.
How Much Electricity Does a Hot Tub Use?
For any large-ticket item, many variables factor into the overall cost. The total cost of a hot tub depends upon its size, quality, design, and location, while the amount of energy your hot tub uses depends upon the following:
- The cost of energy per kilowatt in your location
- Your location’s climate
- The size of your hot tub
- How well your hot tub is insulated
- Whether your hot tub has a well-made, custom-fitting cover.
This monthly energy costs calculator factors in your climate, the cost of energy in your location, and your hot tub’s size and model to help you estimate how much your monthly energy bill will increase. In general, owners of hot tubs from Hot Spring® Spas report an increase in their electric bill of just $10 to $20 per month.
How Can I Keep My Energy Costs Low?
Now that you know about energy efficiency and your hot tub, it’s worth noting that energy conservation rests to some extent in the hands of you, the hot tub owner.
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
- Keep your spa clean with a well-fitting, high-quality insulating cover when not used.
Final Thoughts on Energy Efficiency
Should you upgrade your current hot tub to save on energy costs? If your tub is 10-20 years old, it may be worth checking out, as these hot tubs rely on high-powered jet pumps to heat the water, causing dramatic increases in energy costs.
If your hot tub 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 us about whether an upgrade is a good choice for you.