Whether you are designing a new inground hot tub or want to upgrade your existing tub’s energy efficiency, these tips will help make a significant impact on your tub’s performance. Turning your inground hot tub into a more energy-efficient pool is great for the environment. These helpful tips will save Vancouverites’ money on their monthly electricity costs.
These energy-saving tips will make your inground hot tub more efficient
1. Pick the right location for your Vancouver hot tub
Location is a primary factor in energy efficiency for hot tubs. Select a location that is out of the wind, but in the sun. When choosing a location for your hot tub you will want to find a spot that has:
- Adequate protection from wind
- As much sunlight as possible
- Minimal exposure to rain or water drops
2. Buy a good hot tub cover
A good hot tub cover is a big investment, but one worth making in order to maintain a consistent temperature, keep the muck out of your tub and keep your energy costs at bay. Click here for more information on how to select a proper hot tub cover.
3. Use a solar blanket
A solar blanket is the extra layer below the cover that will keep the cover in good condition and the water regulated to a specific temperature. Regulated water temperature reduces the need to use heating, and in turn, uses less electricity.
4. Turn the hot tub temperature down when not in use
If you normally keep your hot tub at 104°F, consider turning it down to 102°F when you’re not using it. The power required to maintain the temperature of your hot tub increases significantly with each degree, particularly during colder times of the year.
Instead, 30 minutes before using the hot tub, turn up the temperature and the water will be nicely heated by the time you get in. Don’t forget to turn it back down after getting out of the water. It’s important to remember that your hot tub temperature should not go below 82°F or you run the risk of your pipes freezing.
5. Turn off your air jets and lights
While using your hot tub’s jets can be great for relaxing, they also lower the water temperature while the hot tub is in use. Make sure that you are closing your jet’s valves after soaking in your tub so that cold air is not being introduced. More cold air means more energy to keep the tub warm. Also, don’t forget to turn off your hot tub’s lights when you’re finished.
6. Switch to energy-efficient lighting
Switching to longer-lasting LED lights can save about 80% in energy costs over most standard hot tub bulbs. LED bulbs may cost more upfront, but the savings over time from lower energy consumption will compensate for the price tag of traditional lighting.
7. Stay on top of your hot tub’s maintenance
Ensuring your hot tub is in good working condition throughout the year can save you on costly repairs. If you follow our guide on how to properly maintain your hot tub you should have a happy, efficient tub that will last for many years.
8. Know your current energy consumption
Have a look at your current monthly utility expenses before renovations or installations. This way you can get a good idea of how much you have saved by improving the performance of your hot tub.
Should you have any questions in regards to your Vancouver hot tub’s energy efficiency, feel free to contact Trasolini Pools at 604-255-8551.