How much are hot tub running costs per month?

How much are hot tub running costs per month?

– How much does a hot tub cost to run? Or hot tub running costs. It is the number one question
asked on our website. So a lot of people want
to know the answer to it. When you buy a car, you want to know, miles per gallon, how
much that car is going to cost you per month. And when you buy a hot
tub, it’s no difference. Whether you spend 3,000 pounds or 20,000 pounds on a hot tub, if it costs more than you
expect it to per month, and if you can’t afford to keep running it and turn it off, then it’s
been a waste of money. So it’s really, really important that you know how much a hot tub is going to cost you before you buy it. So in this video I’m going
to go over three things. Number one, how much a hot
tub should cost you per month. Number two, how much a hot
tub can cost you per month, and number three, how you can reduce your
hot tub energy costs. So number one, how much should a hot tub
cost you to run per month. Realistically a hot tub should cost you between 30 and 40 pounds. Now I am aware that there’s
lots of hot tub manufacturers, including Coast Spas who we sell, who say that hot tub can cost you between about seven and 14
pounds to run per month. I am not saying that’s impossible, but what you do need to bear in mind, is that in the UK and in Scotland, we are dealing with cooler
than average temperatures. So we’re already working against the natural temperature of the water. The average temperature
in Scotland and the UK is about five degrees in winter, and about 19 degrees in summer. So we’re always kind of on the cool side. We’re always having to heat the water up which means the hot tub’s
having to work a wee bit harder. I would always err on the side of caution, and say budget between 30 and 40 pounds. That is realistically what
you are like to spend. Now that should be the
same for all well built, energy efficient, good hot tubs. So your Coast Spas, your
HotSprings, your Artesian, your Hydropool, they will
all be about 30 to 40 pounds. That is what I would budget if I were you. This is also the usage cost,
so it’s not just the cost to plug your hot tub in, heat
it up and have it running out in your garden and never use it. This cost should be based on
an average of six times use per week, using it for
about 30 minutes at a time. So this cost can be used
to budget for how much your energy bills in your home will go up, if you get a hot tub. The second question, how much
can a hot tub cost you to run? I have spoken to people
whose hot tub has cost them over 100 pounds per month to run. That is 1,200 pounds a
year to run their hot tub. The average household
energy cost in the UK is between 100 and 150 pounds. So you could be looking
at spending 100% more on your bill if your
hot tub is costing you up to 100 pounds a month. Usually, if a person buys a hot tub and it costs them 100 pounds a month, then their hot tub purchase
has been a waste of money. Because most times in these
cases what people will do is end up turning their hot tub off because it costs far too much to run, and way more than they expected it to run. So whether you’ve spent
3,000 pounds and gotten a real bargain, or whether
they spent 20,000 pounds on their hot tub, it doesn’t matter, because any money they’ve
spent on it has been a waste because they’re
not getting the use of it. So that is obviously not
what we want to happen. So number three, how to keep
you hot tub energy bills low. Well the first thing
to do is to buy a good, quality, energy efficient
and insulated hot tub. You can do everything else in this list that I’m going to suggest,
and if you haven’t done that, and you don’t have an energy
efficient hot tub that’s well insulated, it’s not going
to make much of a difference. It may make a bit of a
difference, but not a lot of a difference. So it’s really, really
important to consider your running costs
before you buy a hot tub, and not necessarily opt for
the cheapest option up front, because in the long run it might end up costing you more money. A cheap hot tub that costs you
100 pounds per month to run, can cost you more than
a more expensive hot tub that costs 30 to 40 pounds a month to run, within just a few years. And that’s not taking into consideration any of the other costs that
you may come up against, such as chemical costs or any repair. Or servicing cost that you
may need within that time. So it’s well worth thinking
about spending a wee bit more to save yourself money in the long run. You want to make sure
that as well as it being a really good quality hot tub,
that it is well insulated. So what does this mean? It means that you need to
have an insulated cover. 60% of the heat in your hot tub is lost through the top of the water. So you want something to stop
that heat from getting out. You also want a fully insulated cabinet. So that means on the
underside and the sides, between the shell and the
cabinet is fully foam insulated. You want your hot tub to essentially be like a giant thermos. So once it is heated up,
the heat is just kept within the hot tub and you don’t need to constantly reheat over and over again. So you don’t want that heat escaping. If you’re thinking well
I already have a hot tub and it’s costing me 100 pounds a month, I don’t want to buy a new one. What should I do? First of all, make sure you
have an insulated cover. If you don’t, get one. If you do have an insulated
cover but it’s damaged, or water laden then it will
no longer be energy efficient, so get a new one. Yes it will be an expense
now, it will be about 450 to 600 pounds to get a new hot tub cover, but this will last you
years, and in the long run it’s going to save you money. If your cabinet is not insulated, then I would suggest doing that. You can do this yourself. If you get black bin bags and fill them with wall cavity insulation
and pack the inside of your hot tub, this
will keep the heat in. If your unsure about where
to put the black bags, then I would speak to a
specialist just to make sure that you’re not cutting off the air supply to anywhere that needs it. The second way to reduce your energy bills is to check your energy tariff. Do this even if you’re
not getting a hot tub or even if you don’t have a hot tub. Shop around, see where
the cheapest provider is, and switch if possible to
a cheaper energy tariff. The third thing is to close your air jets. So a lot of hot tubs these
days come with the option of water jets, which are
the kind of, standard jets and you know what they are, and also the option to
have air and water coming through the jets. Now these are great when
you’re in the hot tub, but I would suggest
that you switch them off using either the buttons or
the dials when you get out. This is because introducing
air into the water cools the temperature. So when your filtration cycle runs, as it will every half an
hour or every hour or so. If air is introduced to the
water, the water will cool down. If it cools down it needs to reheat again, and this will use more energy. So try to use it off
when you’re not using it to save a wee bit of energy that way. Clean your hot tub filter. Dirty hot tubs aren’t cool anyway, so you probably don’t want to
be sitting in a dirty hot tub. But, a dirty hot tub means
that your hot tub has to work harder, which
means it works longer to keep it clean. If it’s working harder, working longer, it’s using more energy. So once a week, pop your filter out, clean it, pop it back in. Reduce your energy usage. And the fifth way to
reduce your energy bill is to turn the temperature down. Now what I would not suggest doing is turning the temperature down
and turning it up constantly. So, for example, if you only
use your hot tub on a Friday, I wouldn’t suggest that
you turn it down to 20 during the week, and on a
Thursday turn it back up to 40. Use the principle of little and often. The same as your house,
if you’re heating it little and often, again
the thermos principle, then you’re going to save energy. But what I would say, is if you want to keep your energy bills down a wee bit, rather than having it at 40 all the time, maybe try having it at 37 or 38 and you will save some energy that way. Don’t put it up and down,
but if you can live with it being a couple of degrees lower, then you might save some energy that way. So hopefully that has
helped you understand how much a hot tub should cost per month, how much it can cost a month, and how you can keep your
hot tub energy bills down. If you have any questions
please let us know. As always if you liked
the video, please comment, like and subscribe. And we can’t wait to meet you!

6 thoughts on “How much are hot tub running costs per month?

  1. FINALLY!! A hot tub company that is Scottish and knows where Scotland is within the U.K. I was watching Billy's videos and he has NO IDEA where Scotland is…

  2. Thank you. Really useful video. We’ve started with an MSPA inflatable, we might get a hard sided one once we see if we use it as much as we think we will. Do you think running costs are higher or lower for these types of hot tubs? And is it significant? Many thanks

  3. Hi we have a leisure bay spa around 1973 and we are trying to find a motherboard is there any think you can help us to over come our problem as we have tried a lot places to obtain one an t now we have no luck hope you will get back to us thanks Mick.

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