Sales of hot tubs spiked during lockdown, with some businesses seeing demand rising by 1600%. But many of those new owners got a big shock when they received their first energy bill following their purchase.
Lay-Z-Spa, suppliers of the UK’s bestselling inflatable hot tub,estimate the average cost of running a hot tub is £40 a month based on customer feedback. But that assumes it is used for just 25 minutes, 3 times a week. Someone who has been jumping in every day during the hot weather could now be facing an energy bill which is a whopping £100 a month higher than usual.
So, to make sure you continue to enjoy your spa,without worrying about your bills, here are our top 6 tips:
1. Keep the heater on between uses
Most of the power consumed by a hot tub is used by the heater. Keeping it switched on maintains the temperature at a toasty 36-38˚C, which actually takes much less energy than having to reheat the water from a lower temperature every time you want to get in.
2. Use the lid when not in use
The lid isn’t there just to stop stuff falling in. If you don’t put the lid on when you aren’t using the hot tub the water will rapidly cool down – especially if the British weather is being its usual unpredictable self! And reheating the water uses lots of energy (see above). So use the cover, clip it on properly and make sure there are not gaps, every time you get out.
3. Use a protector / underlay
As well as losing heat from the top surface, your hot tub can also suffer if it is placed on a cold surface. To insulate the base(and protect from damage) you could get a special hot tub base protector, or some foam tiling from a DIY store.
4. Don’t (re)fill with cold water
The water in your hot tub needs to be changed regularly. But rather than refilling only using the cold tap, when it gets to 4/5th (80%) full connect your hose to the hot water tap. This will reduce how much heating is required to get you tub back up to temperature (and how long you’ll have to wait before you can get back in).
5. ‘Gimme Shelter’
One final thing that can cause the water to cool is placing your hot tub in an exposed place, where the ambient temperature or wind will rapidly chill the water. Putting it in a sheltered position, in a corner or near a fence will help. But avoid locating it under a tree so you don’t end up with leaves in the water come autumn.
6. Switch your energy tariff
The previous tips will reduce the amount of energy used by your hot tub, but you should also minimise what you pay for each kWh of electricity. Switching from a Standard Variable Tariff to one of the best deals in the market will cut this cost by 25%. This would reduce the cost of running a hot tub by £10 a month - and save the average household a further £145 per year on the rest of their energy bill!
But instead of trying to find a better energy deal and switching suppliers yourself, why not sign up to Flipper?
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It’s free to sign up, you only pay a small annual membership fee of £30 when you are switched for the first time and start saving. So, sign up to Flipper.co.uk and get back in that hot tub without worrying about your energy bill.
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