You can easily make your outdoor space seem like a commercial spa with the addition of a hot tub. But you may be wondering: at what cost? Although running a hot tub will increase your total energy bill, there are plenty ways to save on hot tub energy and usage costs. Learn more about the costs and ways to save so you can know what’s expected – especially, come the winter season.
Average Hot Tub Costs
A hot tub might be a great addition to your home this winter season. But before you buy, it’s important to know the costs associated with a luxury hot tub or spa. Typically, hot tub manufacturers claim that hot tub energy costs are about $1 a day, with a maximum of $50 a month. The actual energy cost for your outdoor hot tub in Michigan can be variable and depends on the energy cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh), local climate, and use.
Hot Tub Costs in Winter
In Michigan winter seasons, hot tubs not surprisingly require more energy to keep warm. It’s easy to double – if not triple – energy costs for your hot tub in winter months. The good news is – there are many ways to reduce your energy costs associated with hot tub heating and usage. All our hot tub cutting tactics will help you spend more time in your backyard spa without adding too much to your monthly energy bill.
Cutting Hot Tub Costs
- Invest in a high-quality hot tub cover – Your first step in saving energy and money is investing in a hot tub cover. A good hot tub cover only costs a few hundred dollars and can pay for itself within the first year. At Blockco Pools, our experts recommend purchasing a cover with a high R-value of 13 or above.
- Block the wind with a barrier – Wind commonly results in cooler hot tub temperatures, making your heater work harder. It’s a best practice to build a windbreak or barrier screen around your hot tub. By making it a part of your outdoor décor, your energy bill with thank you.
- Reduce the time your hot tub is running – You’re likely not going to be sitting in your new hot tub all day, every day. Similar with switching the lights on and off, turn your hot tub off when it’s not in use. If you typically enjoy relaxing in the hot tub in the evenings, simply turn the tub off after use and back on in the mornings.
- Purchase a hot tub that requires less energy – Newer spas are built to use less energy and save you money. If you’re in the market to purchase a new hot tub, ask your representative about energy-efficient spas and hot tubs.
Interested in learning more about hot tubs? Contact your local team at Blockco Pools in Michigan. Whether you have questions about hot tub costs or energy-efficient spas, we’ll be sure to answer all your questions and help you choose the right hot tub for your home.