With work-from-home and household duties stressing you out, how can you not be tempted to soak in a nice hot tub every night? Having a spa at home lets you enjoy a luxurious experience anytime you want, saving you money on expensive high-end services outside.
But of course, you’re worried about your water bill. You’re probably thinking that limiting water usage will compromise the quality of your spa. But spa owners prove otherwise; it turns out that they use different methods to maintain a high-quality service without racking costs and harming the planet.
Thus, if you’re about to buy your own hot tub, note these water-saving tricks to minimize costs and its environmental impact.
- Choose the Right Hot Tub
Not all hot tubs are created equal. As such, you have to be careful in selecting a type. For water conservation, Bullfrog spas and other water-efficient brands are your best bet. Bullfrog spas, in particular, use 90% less plumbing and are made of eco-friendly materials, 25% of which recycled. Hence, they’re suitable for homeowners prioritizing sustainability.
- Use a Hot Tub Cover
Leaving your filled hot tub open exposes the water to evaporation. Uncovered, a 18×36 feet pool can lose water amounting to an inch weekly during summer. That amounts to 7,000 gallons of wasted water every year.
A cover can decrease a pool’s evaporation by 90 to 95%, so do the same for your hot tub. Also, a cover keeps algae growth under control and retains heat so you can cut down on heating costs.
- Use a Water Filtration System
Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica uses a five-step water filtration system. In this process, the hard water is filtered out, and the tankless heaters ensure that water is only heated based on demand. As a result, the establishment saves space and energy. They also use a reverse-osmosis filtration system to make their tub waters safe for drinking.
You can implement the same system for your home to eliminate the need for separate drinking water. That reduces your daily expenses and single-use plastic consumption.
- Recycle, Don’t Drain
After enjoying a dip, don’t drain the water immediately. Collect it in a bucket to use it for watering your plants. This habit is practiced by Brad Drummer, managing owner Nusta Spa in Washington, D.C.
- Check for Leaks
Look for damp spots downstream of your hot tub. Inspect the valves, pipes, and joiners as well. If your hot tub is outside, check if the surrounding soil, pumps, and plumbing equipment are water-saturated. For hot tubs inside a home, leak indicators are loose or cracked tiles.
- Decrease Water Level
Avoid overfilling your tub to prevent spillage while you’re using it. And if you have young kids who also enjoy the hot tub from time to time, discourage them from playing and splashing water around.
- Lower the Temperature
You don’t need scalding temperatures to soothe your pain or relax you. It doesn’t only put you at risk of burns but also increases the evaporation rate. Hence, keep the heat level to a comfortable setting, especially during summers. And don’t forget to cover the tub when it isn’t in use.
- Drain the Water Only When Necessary
Experts recommend spas to be emptied every three months. That will depend on how often you use it. So avoid draining your hot tub after every use; be sure that it’s clean so that you won’t be forced to waste water.
By observing these eco-friendly and water-efficient practices, all your hot tub sessions will be guilt-free and your splurge worth it. You deserve to pamper yourself for working hard; keep it that way by saving water and energy.