How to Create an Energy-Efficient Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Install
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hot tubs have a reputation for being energy-intensive, but the Jacuzzi® Brand has revolutionized the industry by designing spas that are energy-efficient – without sacrificing functionality. Their hot tubs feature smart construction and insulation, pumps, jets and programs that work together to maintain heat and deliver a superior hydromassage experience.
With the Jacuzzi SmartTub™ app, customers are provided with an elevated approach to an energy-efficient hot tub experience. The SmartTub™ System app connects to your hot tub, allowing you to control settings and features from just about anywhere.
With Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, you can enjoy a luxurious soak without worrying about high electricity bills.
A hot tub cover is an excellent investment to maintain consistent water temperature while saving energy. Top-quality hot tub covers are designed using high-density foam and a protective outer layer to insulate the water and prevent heat loss. When the hot tub isn’t in use, the cover traps heat generated by the spa, reducing the amount of energy used to reach your desired temperature.
Additionally, a high-quality cover helps your hot tub heat up faster and retains heat for longer, resulting in an optimal soaking experience. All while keeping the water clean and creating a safer garden. With help from our experts at Euphoria Lifestyle, you can enjoy a relaxing dip while saving on energy costs!
How much it costs to run a hot tub can vary. When factoring in the operating costs for an average-sized hot tub from a reputable brand that is used often, you can expect to pay the following on an annual basis:
£400 – £600 in electricity
£150 – £300 in service costs
£250 – £300 in water care and garden essentials
This makes the average cost of operating a hot tub roughly £800 – £1,200 a year. That’s less than your daily coffee run and provides you with all of the health and lifestyle benefits of owning a hot tub!
- Invest in a quality hot tub from a reputable brand, such as Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs.
- Protect your hot tub installation from the wind and elements. Install by a wall or add a gazebo.
- Check to ensure that you are on the best energy tariff.
- Ensure that your hot tub cover is secured properly so that no heat can escape.
- Turn the temperature down or use an energy-efficiency mode.
- Close the air jets – a simple way to save money is to close your spa’s air jets when you’re not.
- Keep your hot tub filter clean and ensure that it is replaced when needed.
- Schedule professional service at least once or twice a year. This will help to ensure that the spa is operating efficiently and safely.
- Turn on an energy-efficiency mode when heading away on vacation or if you won’t be using your hot tub for an extended period of time.
- Don’t turn your hot tub off.