Softubs caught your eye because of their portability and ease of use, but before you plunge into Softub ownership you’re wondering about how a Softub will affect your utility bill. There are two main expenses when it comes to a Softub and your utility bill: water and electricity.
First, let’s discuss water usage. Our largest model Softub holds 300 gallons of water. Because your Softub (and all hot tubs) needs to be thoroughly cleaned every four-six months, you will end up filling your tub 2-3 times a year. You may occasionally need to top off your water, so let’s be generous and say that you will use roughly 700 – 1,000 gallons of water per year on your Softub. The average price of water in Canada right now is about $5.00 per 1,000 gallons. So it is safe to say, that no matter where you live in Canada, you probably won’t notice a difference in your water bill with the purchase of a Softub.
Now, on to the electric bill. These numbers will be higher than your water bill, but we are certain you will still be pleasantly surprised at how economical a Softub is. Your biggest energy expense when it comes to hot tubs is the heating element. Softubs are uniquely designed to operate without the use of a separate heating element. The heat is generated by a patented heat recovery system that recycles the heat off the Softub motor. This keeps operating costs much lower than with a traditional hot tub. Most Softub owners report an increase of only $10-15 a month on their utility bill compared to $100+ per month with a traditional hard tub.
KEEP COSTS LOW
There are a few additional ways that you can keep your energy costs low with your Softub. First, always keep the lid on when your Softub is not in use. Much of the heat loss occurs when the cover is off. Secondly, if you live in a colder climate, consider situating your tub where there is a natural windbreak to keep the wind from cooling the tub when open. Choosing a spot with full sun can also keep your tub warmer in the colder temperatures. One last item we suggest during periods of cold weather is a floating thermal cover. This cover sits directly on the water and locks the heat in. That, combined with the insulating lid that comes with the Softub, really keeps heat loss to a minimum. Think double-walled thermos or dual pane windows.
We’re sure you’ll agree that the small increase in utility costs is well worth the relaxation you’ll experience every time you soak.