Spa manufacturing has come a long way since the early ‘70s when the product first made its way into backyards across the country. One advancement that’s especially important to shoppers today is energy efficient technology. An efficient and well-insulated spa can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over the life of the hot tub, so it’s an important purchase consideration.
Often the best place to research the cost of owning a hot tub is from actual owners. Consider what these Caldera spa owners have said about the energy efficiency of their Caldera spa:
“I live in Reno which is very cold during the winter and I keep my spa at 101 degrees year around with very little difference on my electric bill. I use my tub daily and would highly recommend a Caldera Spa to anyone who is in the market for a spa.”
Cantabria owner, Reno, Nevada
“This is our third hot tub, and the first that is so efficient. We hardly noticed a rise in our electric bill when we installed it. It is easy to maintain, and oh, so relaxing.”
Geneva owner, Taylors, South Carolina
“I was particularly concerned about energy costs. This spa was located at a mountain cabin, with relatively cold winter temperatures... As an engineer, I can say I am particularly impressed with the efficiency of Caldera.”
Martinique owner, Western North Carolina
Think about it. If your spa is not properly insulated, that heat, and the money you spend to generate it, goes right into thin air.
Interested in keeping operating costs low? Here’s what we recommend:
1. Buy a Caldera Spa
At Caldera, we’ve concentrated on bringing energy efficient design and innovation to all aspects of a spa and we’ve looked at each and every component from the cover to the pump to see how we can make improvements. We recognize that energy efficiency is more than just an environmental concern. It’s a performance advantage that can have a huge impact on a hot tub’s monthly operating costs, especially in winter months. Those savings add up, month after month, year after year.
Insulation. The real revolutionary, energy-efficient innovation in a Caldera spa comes from our FiberCor® insulation. Available only from Watkins Manufacturing, the makers of Caldera Spas, FiberCor has four times the density of the urethane foam used in most hot tubs. It’s a loose, wool-like fiber that fills all voids and gaps in our hot tub compartments for better insulating efficiency than any other hot tub.
FiberCor is also 100 percent non-petroleum based with no VOC emissions. So not only does it improve the efficiency and performance of your hot tub, reducing energy costs, it’s also environmentally-friendly.
The Pump and Heater. We’re especially proud of the innovation that resulted in our exclusive EnergyPro® pump and heater in our Utopia® and Paradise® Series spas. Many spas run jets throughout the day to circulate water and bring the water back up to a set temperature, but that cycling process uses a great deal of energy.
The EnergyPro pump operates continually at very low wattage, maintaining the temperature you’ve set so that the spa is always ready to use while actually reducing heater use. That’s because of 80 percent of the energy used to operate the pump is transferred to the water as heat. It’s a small but efficient change that adds up to substantial savings over time.
2. Make Sure Your Caldera Replacement Cover is a Custom Fit
Caldera spa covers are designed to precisely fit our spas for maximum energy efficiency. They form a tight seal that locks in heat. Each of our covers contains an efficient, full-foam insulation wrapped in a durable, marine grade vinyl.
3. Buy and Use A Cover Lifter
With a lifter, the cover hinges back away from the spa, making it easier to maintain in good condition. Without a lifter, a cover can become scuffed or torn and the insulation can be damaged, resulting in heat loss and higher energy costs.
We believe we’ve created some of the most energy efficient spas on the market today, and we’re proud to offer a performance advantage that benefits you month after month, year after year.