Bought a hot tub during lockdown?

Here’s how to save money on your new purchase

Sales of hot tubs spiked for us during lockdown. Many of our new clients are now getting their first energy bill following their purchase and some will be in for a big shock.

On average cost of running an hot tub costs between £30 – £40 a month extra. But that assumes it has been used for just 25 minutes, three times a week. Someone who has been jumping in every day during the summer hot weather could now be facing a higher than average energy bill.

So, to make sure you continue to enjoy your spa, without worrying about your bills, here are some of our useful hint and tips.

Use the lid when not in use

Roughly 60% of heat escapes through the surface of the hot tub. To reduce this you need a well-insulated cover, that is in good condition. If you don’t put the lid on when you aren’t using the hot tub the water will rapidly cool down. Reheating the water uses lots of energy. So use the cover, clip it on properly and make sure there are not gaps, every time you get out.


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 you could get a special hot tub base protector, or a DIY version using foam insulation or standard wall insulation.

Clean the filter

If your filter is dirty and clogged, the filtration is going to have poor water flow and will have to work twice as hard to stay clean. Working harder = working longer in this case. And this will increase your hot tub bills.

We recommending rinsing your filter on a weekly basis using a filter cleaner we stock in our showroom. It’s a good idea to get a spare filter so that you can rotate them while cleaning and never have any downtime on your hot tub.

Check your energy tariff

Try to minimise what you pay for each kWh of electricity.

Check that you are in the best possible tariff for standing variable tariffs and unit charges. If possible, switch to a lower tarriff. No matter how energy efficient your hot tub is, you’ll be wasting money on energy bills if you don’t have a good tariff.

Filters, covers, and other hot tub accessories and units from different makes and models are available at Hot Tubs Staffordshire. Feel free to contact us at 01782 312 534 or visit our showroom for a close up of our products.

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