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While we’re outside in our hot tubs, enjoying our colourful and beautiful gardens, our environment can add so much to our experience.
Our role in being kind to the environment has become even more important. People are starting to become conscious of the effects their daily lives can have on the planet and are seeking alternatives to become more eco-friendly.
So, I bet you’re wondering, can hot tubs be environmentally friendly? They can be if you’re conscious about conserving water and taking care of your energy consumption.
We’ve gathered our experts to put together some of our top tips on how to make your hot tub more energy efficient.
1. Keep your hot tub covered
Covering your hot tub is essential before and after use, even if you are planning to go back in it that day. A hot tub cover will reduce evaporation, conserve water and maintain heat, providing insulation when not in use.
A cover lifter will make this process accessible and manageable for all users, so you can take a dip whenever you like whilst also considering the environment.
A good quality hot tub cover is vital for insulation while also helping to prolong the lifetime of your acrylic tub. Not only will it protect your tub from dust, debris, and wildlife, but a cover will also reduce the amount of water wasted by fishing them out.
Did you know that hot tub covers should be replaced after 3-4 years? Over time your hot tub cover will become heavier and will lose some of its insulation properties due to contact with steam from your water and general wear and tear.
Can you use rainwater to fill your hot tub?
As it’s normal to experience some water loss due to evaporation, instead of using water from your home to replenish your hot tub, consider collecting rainwater in barrels and buckets. This will make the smaller refills of your hot tub more energy efficient, just check the water is crystal clear first.
2. Responsibly drain your hot tub water
There is no need to waste products if you won’t be putting them to use. When it is time to drain your water, refrain from wasting chemicals and let it rest undisturbed to neutralise the water for at least three days with the cover off.
Most hot tubs have a drain valve either on the bottom or just inside the cabinet. You can also use a submersible pump to flush the water out. Make sure you turn the power off and keep the electricity off completely until your tub has been refilled to prevent it from being both a hazard and wasteful.
This is safe practice because it will also preserve the motor as switching it off will stop it from burning out.
For more information on draining your tub, check out our cleaning guide.
Can you use hot tub water to water plants?
Although it isn’t encouraged, if you use quality, regulated chemicals, it should be safe to do so. Fully neutralised water can be used on your grass if necessary, but never dispose water full of chemicals on grass or around your hot tub foundations.
It is best practice to use a dechlorinate solution to ensure the chlorine levels in the water reach 0.
3. Find the ideal hot tub location
Picking the right location for your hot tub is important for several reasons. You need to find a solid and level surface that is close to your electrical supply, but you should also consider a spot that’s sheltered from the elements.
Making sure your hot tub is out of the way of wind can help reduce the loss of heat and preserve its energy consumption. Get creative when sheltering your hot tub area and make it a private paradise to be proud of by following these innovative ideas.
This is where a hot tub gazebo can come in handy. It will shelter your hot tub from all the elements the unpredictable British weather throws at us. You can even get a gazebo with atrium roofs so the sunlight can shine through when you’re sat in your tub.
4. Clean your hot tub filters frequently
The longer your hot tub filter goes uncleaned, the more dirt and debris can build up making its performance less effective.
Your filters should be cleaned at least once a week to keep on top of maintenance, making the cleaning process quicker and easier. Having a clear idea of how to clean your hot tub filter will reduce chemical use and therefore make your hot tub more environmentally friendly.
It’s easier to have two filters so you can set them on a rotation, using the spare filter when the other one is getting cleaned. If you don’t have a rotation system, your filters should be replaced every 12 months.
5. Book in regular hot tub servicing
Refilling an unclean or faulty hot tub can lead to detrimental consequences.
When you are ready to change the water in your hot tub, you should use this opportunity to look carefully at the insides. Check for cracks and hidden holes that water can escape from and clean it thoroughly using gloves to conserve the fresh water.
Having your hot tub serviced regularly by a professional will ensure it gets a full health check from experienced technicians, minimising any problems bumping up your hot tubs energy use.
Hot tub technicians can check your water chemistry, general wear and tear and highlight any potential future issues. This is especially important when looking for leaks and cracks, or even any loose valves.
They will also check your massaging jets and ensure your hot tub heating system is working efficiently, reviewing its energy consumption.
A faulty hot tub can be bad for the environment. Cracks, broken parts, and leaks can cause bad insulation and waste products and water.
Maintaining your hot tub and having it regularly serviced will all extend its lifespan and make it more energy efficient.
6. Consider a SmartTub system
A new introduction to the hot tub industry is the SmartTub™ system, which makes owning a hot tub a breeze. Exclusive to specific branded Jacuzzi models.
It starts with an easy-to-use app that allows you to do many things such as view your hot tub energy usage estimates, notifies you of any power outage and adjusts your key settings, such as the hot tub’s energy consumption and temperature whilst you’re away. It can even alert you when your hot tub needs attention and will help identify when a service is required.
The system makes it easy to see how much energy the hot tub is using and then adjusts the settings to help keep monthly energy costs low and affordable.
Are hot tubs bad for the environment?
Hot tubs aren’t bad for the environment if you take care maintaining them and use them wisely.
The older your hot tub, the less eco-friendly it may be due to outdated technology and insufficient properties, so choosing a modern hot tub will help save on electricity.
Keeping on top of your cleaning routine is the most eco-efficient way to maintain a hot tub as it will prevent you from having to drain a contaminated tub.
How to make a hot tub more energy efficient:
Choosing a hot tub with our SmartTub™ systems such as the Jacuzzi® J400 and J500 series can help towards being more energy-efficient as you can monitor and control its features at your fingertips.
In winter months, turning your hot tub to a low temperature rather than off completely will also save energy consumption as it won’t need to heat up from the coldest temperature.
We all know that running a hot tub does take up a lot of power and costs but if we can try and manage our hot tub energy consumption and be kinder on our surroundings, we can take some simple steps to help the world become a little healthier.
The best part is that this useful hot tub saving tips guide will also help your pocket too, working hand in hand with being more energy efficient.