ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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How to Create an Energy-Efficient Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Install

Looking to create a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub installation that is not only jaw-dropping, but also geared toward energy efficiency? Here’s what you need to know!

How to Create an Energy-Efficient Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Installation

We can think of no better home and backyard addition than a spa. With the ability to add value to your social life, wellness routine and overall health, the installation of a hot tub can offer many benefits to all aspects of your life. But like all large items, a hot tub uses energy. And while energy levels can fluctuate, there are a few practical considerations that could help make your hot tub experience more energy efficient.

Shop Around for a Better Energy Tariff

There’s no doubt about it, energy prices rise and fall. But, if you’re wondering why your hot tub is increasing your monthly energy consumption, it could be to do with the energy tariff you’re on. If you are on a fixed term tariff and nearing the end of the price plan, it may be worthwhile to shop around for a new one in advance, as this can help to stabilise your energy usage.  But if you find yourself on a variable rate, this could see your energy efficiency decrease due to items such as your hot tub. To help reduce your monthly energy consumption, we suggest to first take some time to research a new energy tariff and see if a lower rate could be beneficial. With the right approach, you can enjoy your spa 365 days a year without the added guilt or pressure on your wallet. With this all being said, it’s important to remember that Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are among the most energy-efficient hot tubs available on the market today. In fact, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs endure vigorous testing by the CEC (California Energy Commission), and they have found that on average our hot tubs are 22% more efficient than the strict standard’s they set.  With this in mind, regardless of the energy tariff you choose, you’ll know that you’re making an energy-efficient investment.

The Placement of Your Spa

Did you know that the placement of your hot tub installation can have an impact on energy usage? While installing your spa directly in the middle of your garden can create a visual centrepiece, this placement can actually raise your energy bills. Without nearby structures and surroundings such as your home, a gazebo or your fence, the hot tub is left exposed to the elements. A shift in temperature or windy day is all it takes to lower the temperature of your hot tub water, resulting in the system working overtime to heat and regulate the water temperature. This causes it to be less energy efficient than it could be with alternative placement.  Placing the hot tub near trees might also have an effect, as falling debris could enter the hot tub and clog up the filters.  Installing your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub near a wall, closer to your house or under a gazebo can help to cut down on the impact the wind can have on the water temperature, saving you energy and even providing additional privacy while enjoying a relaxing soak.

Invest in a Quality Hot Tub Cover (and Maintain it!)

At Euphoria Lifestyle, we believe that no hot tub installation is complete without a cover. The addition of a hot tub cover can offer many benefits, starting with improved energy efficiency.

When properly placed and secured onto your hot tub, the cover helps to trap heat inside and keep it from escaping. This can help to regulate and maintain the chosen temperature.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are all fitted with a patented ProLast™ cover, providing advanced insulation using vinyl and UV protection to stay more durable for longer. Coming in two types: Extreme, designed for the harshest of climates, and standard, with built-in water strain and angled to stop water pooling in the middle. Both are excellent insulation tools that will help keep the heat in the water where you want it.  

Other benefits of hot tub covers include:

  • Cleaner water
  • Less maintenance
  • Improved safety

To ensure the durability and longevity of your hot tub cover, maintenance is highly suggested.

We recommend a monthly or bi-monthly inspection of your hot tub cover. During this inspection, you will want to check for any water retention within the cover and weakening of the insulation, as this will help you avoid losing heat and aid in planning for purchasing a new one. 

During this time, you may also want to use a rag and warm water to wipe it down, with the optional cover cleaner product for a deeper clean.

Inspect the Cabinetry

The cabinetry of a hot tub can vary from one brand to another. The better quality hot tub, the better the cabinetry is likely to be. Why is this so important? Well, not only does the cabinetry contribute to the overall aesthetic and appeal of your spa, but also the energy efficiency.

What many fail to recognize, is that it’s what’s going on beneath the cabinetry and how it can affect your monthly energy bills. A leak or faulty part can result in energy being inefficiently used and an increase in energy consumption. 

Hot tubs can also vary in the type of insulation used. Some are insulated using foam, thermal blanket technology, or heat-reflecting barriers. As with all items, they can lose energy efficiency over time due to wear and tear. Checking the inside regularly to look for any leaks or damage to the parts or plumbing can help avoid seeing energy being misused or misdirected and help you with long term planning.  

All Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are built with foam insulation through a multi-layered heat retention and redistribution system to utilise and maximise the heat generated. This excess heat given off by the plumbing and parts is recycled into the water, keeping costs down and conserving energy. 

To maximize the energy-efficient technology of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, take some time to familiarize yourself with the SmartTub® System! This innovative technology allows you to connect with your hot tub via a mobile device and from just about anywhere! Monitor the health of your spa, adjust the temperature and even engage an energy-saving mode.

Time for a New Hot Tub?

Are you experiencing higher than normal energy costs related to your hot tub? Due to factors such as outdated technology and the age of your hot tub system, it may be wise to invest in a newer model. Modern hot tubs are designed with energy efficiency in mind. 

From the features and technology, to the overall build, you’re likely to see your energy costs take a swan dive after your new hot tub has been installed.