Is Your Energy Bill as Hot as Your Hot Tub?

2 Panel Round CoverMany homeowners are looking for ways to cut costs and save more due to the rising fuel, utilities, and commodities costs. They’re looking at their budgets, cutting out unnecessary streaming services, shutting down more lights, and evaluating their mobile phone service packages. They are also limiting the use of their appliances and electronics, including shutting down their spas, to save money. In these days, where energy and commodity prices are rising, cutting out luxuries seems a sensible idea. 

For spa owners, however, this is a pretty tough decision. They should ask, “Do I want to give up on a vital part of my physical, emotional, and mental well-being?”  Your spa is more than a big basin full of swirling, bubbling water – it is your personal retreat that provides you a much-needed relaxation, relief, and “me-time” after a stressful day.

It is no secret that a spa will increase your electricity bill. However, don’t let that stop you from enjoying a nice, warm soak at the end of a stressful day or during those cold winter nights. You can save money on energy bills and, at the same time, enjoy your well-deserved spa sessions. By taking some proactive steps, such as using quality hot tub covers, there’s no reason why you should give up on your favorite pastime.

Tips to save money on your energy bill with your spa

1. Purchase a good-quality aluminum spa cover

Getting a good-quality custom aluminum hot tub cover is one of the essential steps for your energy-saving measures. A customized and snug-fitting cover will greatly improve your energy and utility savings. It is designed to keep the heat in for a long time, meaning you don’t have to use your hot tub’s heater often. The cover also keeps leaves, twigs, and debris out, making cleanups easy. If you haven’t replaced your cover yet, it’s a good time to do so and see significant savings on your energy bills.

2. Lower the thermostat

One of the most helpful tips for cutting your spa’s electricity bill is to turn down the thermostat by a few degrees. So, does lowering it from 104 degrees to 100 degrees make a big difference in comfort? Not much, but it will significantly affect your energy consumption. Some modern hot tubs even feature an “eco mode” that automatically lowers the temperature when not in use.

3. Block the wind

Is your spa located in a windy area? Strong winds can cause your hot tub’s heater to work more than it should and require more energy to heat the water back up. Set up a wind barrier around your hot tub with fences, trees, or privacy screens to reduce wind exposure. You can also use your sturdy aluminum spa cover as an additional windbreak.

Tips to Making Your First Hot Tub Last for Years to Come4. Turn off your hot tub when not in use

This tip is straightforward, but it’s still worth considering. Generally, hot tubs are left on continually because they are supposed to work like that. It’s also economical since you don’t have to start to heat the water from the cold every time you open your hot tub, especially if you’re using it regularly. But if you’re not using your hot tub for an extended period, you should drain and winterize it. So, the next time you’re going for a two-week holiday or if you don’t see yourself using your spa anytime soon, shut it down and winterize it. Doing so can help you significantly cut down your household’s electricity usage.

5. Keep an eye on peak energy consumption times

Did you know that appliances and electronics use much energy during peak times? Normally, mornings and evenings (around dinner time) are the highest peaks for energy consumption as every household uses a lot of appliances simultaneously. There are certain hours when electricity rates are lower. So, you might want to heat your hot tub between 11 PM and 7 AM. A good-quality aluminum spa cover will keep the water warm long enough for you to enjoy a nice, warm post-dinner soak.

Enjoy lower energy bills with custom aluminum hot tub covers

Install a hot tub cover from Be-Lite Aluminum Spa Covers to help you save money on energy bills while maintaining your favorite soak sessions! Our durable covers keep the heat in while keeping debris, kids, and pets out. You can customize your cover using our template designer, who will guide you through the correct steps for the perfect fit. If you plan to purchase a spa cover, call us at 707-864-8919 or online. We’re happy to help!

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