HERE ARE SOME COMMON FAQS ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSUMPTION FOR HOT TUBS
Jacuzzi® hot tubs have incorporated energy efficiency into all aspects of our design and manufacturing processes to ensure you’re getting optimal performance without unnecessary energy wastage – a key focus of today’s world.
Here are some common questions on the running costs and energy consumption of hot tubs:
HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DOES A HOT TUB USE?
Jacuzzi® hot tubs are built from the ground up to use as little energy as possible and maximise that energy throughout its various functions. From construction and insulation to pumps, jets and programmes, they design and manufacture a hydromassage experience that keeps the heat where it should be and the focus firmly on you.
The Jacuzzi SmartTub™ app allows access to real world usage data and on average, our customers use around 6kw per day* to enjoy their Jacuzzi®️ hot tub. To put that into perspective, it is only about the same as a family of 4 taking a 10 minute shower a day.
*based on 744 privately owned spas in the UK, used throughout 2021 that were fitted with SmartTub™.
HOW TO INSULATE A HOT TUB?
Hot tub insulation is something that changes from brand to brand and comes down to the manufacturer’s choice of insulation material; at Jacuzzi® they use dense foam insulation coupled with a lighter intermediary foam to cover most of our hot tub’s equipment and plumbing. Where other manufacturers might only apply partial foam insulation to the floor or inside the cabinets, we use full-foam insulation along the floor, around the shell and within the cabinet. This allows a large amount of the heat generated from the parts and plumbing to remain in the hot tub and disperse back into the water, further heating it and reducing the energy required to maintain the set temperature.
WHAT ARE THE ENERGY COSTS TO RUN A JACUZZI HOT TUB?
With market-leading insulation and high quality heaters, a Jacuzzi® hot tub is one of the most energy efficient hot tubs to run, using an average of 6kw per day to maintain and use. The actual cost would vary depending on your energy supplier but based on the new government price cap* the cost would be 34.0p per kWh which equates to a daily hot tub running cost of £2.04 per day (£62.05 per month)
CAN THE HOT TUB COVER MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Hot tub covers are a fantastic way to keep the temperature of your hot tub consistent for less energy. Jacuzzi covers are made using high density foam with a protective outer layer that insulates the water below and prevents heat from escaping upwards. If you’re using your hot tub in the winter months, a cover will help keep more heat generated by the hot tub inside the shell, meaning it won’t have to use as much energy to heat the water to your desired level. An added bonus of using a top quality cover is that your hot tub will heat up much quicker and retain the heat for longer.
WHAT ARE THE OVERALL COSTS OF RUNNING A HOT TUB?
While hot tub running costs can vary massively, if you add up all of the factors for an average-sized (good quality) hot tub that’s used three or four times a week for around 30-45 minutes at a time, you can typically expect to pay annually:
- £400 – £600 in electricity
- £150 – £300 in service costs
- £250 – £300 for consumables and water care
Making the average total cost of running a hot tub £800 – £1,200 a year.
That’s less than a daily coffee from your Costa or Starbucks – and allows you to enjoy all the health benefits of using a hot tub.
So if you value your physical and mental health, your sense of overall wellness, your sleep quality and the quality of the time that you spend in a tech-free zone with your loved ones, a hot tub represents very good value!
SUGGESTIONS TO HELP REDUCE RUNNING COSTS:
- Buy a good quality hot tub from a reputable manufacturer - most good manufactures incorporate excellent insulation when building the hot tub
- Shield the hot tub from the wind and elements - a walled or protected area can help reduce running costs
- Check you are on the best energy tariff - use a comparison site every year to switch to the lowest energy tariff available to you.
- Make sure the hot tub cover is replaced every time you get out - 60% of the heat is lost through the surface
- Close the air jets - a simple way to save money is to close your spa’s air jets when you’re not using it, as these introduce cold air to your hot tub and cause heat loss.
- Turn the temperature down - cooling your hot tub down a few degrees can lead to huge savings in the long run.
- Clean your filter - A clean filter is an efficient filter. Be sure to clean your filters every week and replace them every few months.
- Maintain pH levels - maintain your hot tub’s pH level between 7.2 to 7.6 at all times to ensure all chemicals you treat the water with work as effectively as possible.
- Keep your hot tub switched on all the time - it might seem counterintuitive but it’s more cost-effective to leave your hot running all the time.