St. Patrick’s Day, getting seasick, and winning the lottery. While these may be ways you could “go green”, for environmentally conscious individuals, going green is a lifestyle choice. Maintaining an eco-friendly way of life can prove challenging when searching for ways to relax and entertain guests. For example, having a hot tub is a small scale alternative to having a massive swimming pool filled with chemically treated water. Check out these suggestions for how to transform your hot tub into an eco-conscious choice that has minimal environmental impact.
Cut Energy Use
According to the Home Energy Pros at Home Energy Saver, a hot tub energy audit revealed that a 400-gallon unit uses approximately 0.45 kilowatts of electricity hourly. Considering that most hot tubs must maintain a steady temperature year round, this amount of energy equates to approximately $46.50 a month, which is $558 per year. The financial cost of energy aside, imagine if you were able to cut the use of electricity required to maintain your hot tub.
Wind blocking plants surrounding a hot tub along with a floating heating blanket in the water will ensure that your hot tub will use less energy. Top your tub with an energy retaining cover when the facility is not in use, both as a way to maintain a more constant temperature and to reduce debris entering the water. Another green option is the use of a solar water heating system. Solar water heating systems keep the water in a hot tub at an optimal temperature by using the natural resource of the sun. This in turn reduces the amount of electricity usage in your home, according to Nyserta.ny.gov. Don’t forget about seasonal energy maintenance. At HomeEnergyPros.com, discover tips for maintaining an energy efficient hot tub during the off-season winter months.
Dealing With Chemicals
Swimming in a bath of chlorine seems like a terrible idea for someone who is living an eco-concious lifestyle. However, to maintain a safe environment in a hot tub, chemical shocks and chlorine treatments are vital. According to Seattle and King County Public Health, chlorine is the most effective chemical for sanitizing water and breaking down bodily chemicals including sweat. For the safest results when purchasing these chemicals, search for hot tub chemicals from professional retailers, such as Hot Tub Works. HotTubWorks.com offers water testing kits to ensure you are getting the appropriate amount of chemicals necessary for maintaining a safe hot tub.
Minimize Water Usage
A standard size hot tub for 4 to 8 adults will hold anywhere from 400 to 600 gallons of freshwater. By going green, you are looking for ways to reduce the amount of freshwater that goes into a tub. While you can’t cut corners in terms of the water used in a tub, you can save water by only draining your unit when absolutely necessary. According to the Washington State University Extension, this means every 3 months for a hot tub that is heavily used. Prior to draining your hot tub, do not add any chemicals to the water for at least 48 hours. You can use a sanitary sewer for draining the used water. However, for a greener approach, use the gray water on your lawn to water your gardens, for flushing your toilets, or to wash your vehicles.
Allconnect is a free online resource to review and compare the costs and choices for essential home services, including home utilities, high speed Internet, phone, cable TV, satellite TV, and home security systems.