A growing number of consumers are jumping on the green and eco-friendly product bandwagon these days. In fact, there are green alternatives now for virtually anything you could ever want to buy. But increased awareness of protecting the planet is not the only reason why so many consumers are buying green. Many of these products are also proving that they can save us time and money.
Most people would agree that the thought of owning a spa is a highly appealing one. After all, spas are the embodiment of pleasure and relaxation. That being said, maintaining and operating a spa can be costly and time-consuming – which is counterproductive, to say the least.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to reduce the time and cost of owning a spa, as well as its environmental impacts. Here are a few expert tips on how to get the most from your spa:
- Buy a high-quality insulated spa: Look for spas with walls and bottom insulated with a high-quality insulation with an R-rating of at least 40. Ideally, research the product you have in mind before you buy it. That way, you can be sure the manufacturer has used a high-quality insulation. Already purchased a spa? More insulation can be added if needed.
- Cover your spa: Covering your spa will prevent water, chemical, and heat loss, which is caused by evaporation when the spa is not in use. The spa cover should ideally have an R-rating of 14 or higher. You can also install a solar cover that floats on the surface of the spa water. It will increase the cover’s insulating value and extend its life.
- Run the pump at low speed: Set the pump to operate at low speed – ideally, 24 hours a day. Spa pumps are designed to be very energy efficient at low speeds; running it more hours each day will result in better water circulation and, subsequently, better water quality.
- Use sanitizing solutions that do not consume electricity: Salt-based chlorine generators, bromine generators, and ozonators are popular choices, but they all consume electricity and are hard on the environment. Residual salt water is evacuated either by backwashing or is emptied into the environment, which can be detrimental to surrounding vegetation, lakes, and streams. The good news? There are sanitizer alternatives that perform well with fewer negative environmental impacts.
- Use EcoLogo® spa water care products: Ecologo® certified products are non-toxic, non-irritating, biodegradable, and phosphate-free. In other words, they’re safe for you, your family, and the environment.
- Use enzymes: Enzymes can significantly improve water quality and reduce the amount of chlorine needed.
- Install solar or low voltage lighting: Installing solar or low voltage accent lighting around your spa is a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere all while reducing electricity consumption and environmental impacts.
- Another smart eco-friendly idea: Collect rainwater to water the plants, vegetation, and lawn around your spa. After all, every little bit helps.