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How to keep hot tub running costs down

With the cost of living rising, it’s useful for any household to find ways to reduce everyday expenses. If you like to enjoy using your hot tub at this time of year then it doesn’t have to significantly increase your monthly budget. There are lots of ways to get the most out of your hot tub in the winter season and still keep running costs down. Here are our tips on how to do it.

How much does it cost to run a hot tub?

The answer to this question will often depend on how often you use the hot tub as well as the type of hot tub that you have. One of the simplest ways to keep hot tub running costs down is to invest in a hot tub that will run in a way that minimises the energy you consume and is designed to be efficient. Remember that, whatever model your hot tub is, you’re going to see a small rise in the costs it generates when you fill and heat it for the first time. However, after that your costs should remain fairly consistent.

What influences hot tub running costs?

  • How often you’re using the hot tub. It’s a pretty simple equation - the more you use the hot tub, the more it will cost in terms of energy. So, if you’re keen to keep hot tub running costs down then it’s worth picking your moments to enjoy a soak.
  • A well insulated design. If your hot tub has high quality insulation around the base of the shell and the plumbing system inside the hot tub then it’s going to be much easier to preserve the heat and you will require less energy to keep the hot tub at the right temperature. Some hot tubs have just a single layer of insulation, which allows the heat to escape and tends to increase hot tub costs. Look for hot tubs with two layers of insulation instead.
  • A good cover. Investing in a hot tub cover that fits well and is designed to keep heat in can also have a big impact on reducing the amount of energy that you need to keep the hot tub warm.
  • Pump efficiency. Hot tubs that need to run their pumps 24hrs a day to keep the water clean will be much more expensive than a hot tub that can do this in 6-8 hrs. It’s also worth investing in a self-cleaning hot tub, which will require less energy than a hot tub that has to be cleaned and emptied several times a year.
  • The volume of water in the hot tub. The more water there is, the more energy will be required to heat it up so that you can enjoy the hot tub. So, make sure that your hot tub is ideally suited to the number of people who are going to use it and that you’re not heating up a large volume of water for just a couple of bathers.
  • Maintenance and repairs. If your hot tub is well maintained and kept in a good state of repair then it’s much more likely to function efficiently.


From the right hot tub design to the way you maintain it, these are some of the influences on hot tub running costs. We offer servicing and post-sales care for all of our customers to make sure that our customers get the best out of their hot tub. We are proud to have a multi-award-winning showroom located in Kent, so please come down and try out our huge range.

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The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company specialise in providing hot tubs, swim spas, pools and gazebos and have experience of over 50 years in this industry. We also offer servicing and post-sales care for all of our customers to make sure that our customers get the best out of their hot tub.