3 ways to make your spa more energy-efficient this winter
Pools may be great for the hot summer months, but there is no greater luxury than relaxing in a spa during winter. As the steam rises from the water and snow falls from the sky, a backyard spa can be just the thing after a long day at work or even as a way to relax tired or sore muscles.
However, spas can be big energy consumers while homeowners see their use of the spa reflected on their utility bills. Don't let Higher electric prices stop you from enjoying your spa. Check out these three ways you can make your spa more energy-efficient this winter. With a few small tweaks, you can stop worrying about energy loss and focus on relaxing.
1. Buy an electric tankless heater
While there are several ways you can reduce your spa's impact on your monthly utility bill, investing in a tankless water heater is one of the most effective methods. Unlike pools, you can start heating a spa the moment you're ready to get in. With traditional heaters, this means that you're using water that has sat in a tank for an unknown period of time while the heating element is wasting energy.
A gas or electric tankless water heater warms water only when you need it, so as soon as you turn the spa off for the night, neither your spa or the tankless heater aren't contributing to your energy bills.
2. Get an insulated cover
Hot Tub Warehouse explained that poor insulation that leads to evaporation is one of the biggest sources of wasted energy and higher energy bills. When it's in use, you can see how a spa wastes energy into the atmosphere, but this is much less noticeable when you're not in the mood for a quick dip.
Instead, you can beef up the insulation on your spa by adding an extra liner around the outside. If you're not in the mood for a construction project, a high-quality, insulated spa cover can trap heat inside and block air and sunlight from accelerating evaporation and heat loss when you're not around.
3. Look into off-peak heating hours
No matter what tips and tricks you use, there's just no getting around it – spas can be expensive. Heating that much water to such high temperatures is going to make a dent in your wallet. However, SpaDepot.com explained that contacting your energy provider about off-peak heating hours can help slash your bill.
Though each utility provider defines it differently, off-peak hours generally refer to times where people aren't using as much energy as the rest of the community – usually at night. Because companies want to encourage people to place less strain on the grid all at once, they may offer special rates on electricity. If you want to use your spa during this time, heating it during the day and trapping the heat with an insulated pool cover can be a frugal way around it.