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How much does it cost to maintain a hot tub in the UK?

The cost of maintaining your hot tub here in the UK is completely dependent on the type of hot tub you purchase since all hot tubs can vary in dimensions, materials, and functionality.

Your hot tub selection process should factor in many things including your desired functionality (i.e., water capacity, pump power, wattage, heater power) and features (i.e., seats, jets, lighting, entertainment) as well as quality engineering.

How much does it cost to maintain a hot tub in the UK?
How much does it cost to maintain a hot tub in the UK?

While higher-end hot tubs are initially more expensive at initial purchase, these models may be less expensive for ongoing maintenance and care down the road. As an example, things like high-quality insulation and a dedicated circulation pump will go the distance for you, saving you money with the increased energy efficiency.

The best way to get a much better understanding of the ongoing cost of maintenance and the requirement for your hot tub is to visit a reputable hot tub retailer and speak to them directly regarding any questions you may have. The hot tub retailer will be able to help you with all your questions, options, and price points. You may be surprised to learn how much a different choice can positively impact the overall maintenance costs for the life of the hot tub for example a standard insulated hot tub could cost you around £51.10 per month, whilst a super insulated hot tub has been independently proven to cost around £14.10 per month.

What is the average hot tub installation cost?

Most hot tub retailers here in the UK will provide free standard delivery and installation of your hot tub, however for more complex installation where there is a need for either a crane or hiab to lift the hot tub over a building to its final position the company may charge your anything between £600 - £900 for this service.

What is the average monthly energy bill of running a hot tub?

Would you be surprised to learn that the best engineered, most highly insulated hot tub can cost between £15 to £38 per month to run and a poorly insulated hot tub can cost you upwards of £80 plus per month, however it is the finer details that will determine this final monthly bill!

  • Larger hot tubs cost more to heat than smaller hot tubs.

  • The more you use your hot tub, the more you will need to use your heater.

  • Hot tubs are more expensive to heat in the winter than in the summer.

The key to lowering the cost of running your hot tub is about increasing its ability to hold heat. By keeping the heat in, you reduce the amount of energy necessary to maintain the temperature. This can help keep your energy bill more manageable, all year round.

For more details regarding the energy efficiency of a hot tub and its energy consumption, please read our blog: How much does it cost to run a hot tub in the UK?

Is a good quality hot tub cover worth the money?

A hot tub cover is an important accessory that has many functions. In addition to saving you money, keeping children safe and debris out they also reduce the amount of time it takes to maintain your hot tub. They do need some care and attention to keep them in good condition but ultimately, it's worth the time and effort.

We all want to save money and if you are like most hot tub owner's you probably try your best to conserve energy costs the best you can. A cover that is sized properly, has the proper foam density for insulation and is used all the time will reduce your operating costs substantially.

Any time that your cover is not being used you are losing water due to evaporation, heat from radiant loss and with that comes the loss of chemicals.

What is the average hot tub water care costs?

For a hot tub that remains on all year round, we estimate yearly chemical costs of £200-£350 a year. Hot tub chemical costs vary massively depending on the sanitiser you choose (chlorine or bromine) the use of water conditioners like O-Care or Silk Balance and general usage. It is most cost effective to buy larger quantities or buy in bulk if you can.

In order to keep your hot tub in perfect condition throughout the year, you will need to maintain your tub properly. You will need to regularly balance your water, clean, and replace filters, clean, drain and refill your hot tub, and make sure it stays protected in harsh winter months. This routine maintenance will require some basic products and supplies which we have listed below which you can buy online from our website Penguin Spas

How Much Does it Cost To Fill a Hot Tub on a Water Meter?

Based on information from Southern Water at the rate of £1.487 per cubic metre of water (1,000 litres) plus the wastewater charge of £2.045, it will cost around £5.30 to fill a 1,500-litre hot tub and if you are changing your water every quarter which we recommend, your annual water costs would be £21.19. This does not include the annual standing charge and charges will vary depending on your local water board. See the Southern Water Charges explained here.

Please note that in Scotland the vast majority of households are billed by their local authority for their water supply and wastewater collection services together with their Council Tax. These charges are referred to as unmeasured charges and are based on the Council Tax banding of the house.

We hope this information within our blog has been helpful and should you wish to contribute to any of the points listed above, please leave a comment below.


Award Winning Energy Efficient Hot Tubs

Here at Penguin Spas, we are proud to be the only official Scottish dealer of award-winning, energy efficiency gold standard hot tubs and swim spas from UK designed Sunbeach Spas and the world’s premier spa brand Oasis Spas.

Save Money, Save Energy: Both Sunbeach Spas and Oasis Spas lead the industry in design, engineering, and manufacturing of energy-efficient hot tubs and swim spas.

Our range of energy efficient hot tubs

Both manufacturers of the Sunbeach Spas and the Oasis Spas have created a complete insulation energy saving system that reduces energy consumption to save you money. You can have peace of mind that your hot tub or swim spa will be hot and ready for you, without costly energy bills.

Sunbeach Spas available from Penguin Spas Outdoor Living

Sunbeach Spas are leading the hot tub and swim spa industry with cutting edge technology. The multiple award-winning Sunbeach Spas are all designed here in the UK and are manufactured with the newest industry features which the company consistently pushes the industry forward with innovative designs and features.

Oasis Spas available from Penguin Spas Outdoor Living

Oasis Spas are built by one of the world’s largest international hot tub and swim spa manufacturers who distribute products in 40 countries around the world. Oasis Spas are built to last with premium components and the thickest shells on the market. The Power Saver Technology will save you thousands over the life of your hot tub or swim spa and the Easy-Care Technology makes maintenance simple.


Wood Fired Hot Tubs

We know a lot of thought and research goes into buying a hot tub and if you have not already seen a wood fired hot tub, we would strongly encourage you to come to our new outdoor living showroom where you can view the 2020 European Product Design Award Hot Tub from Tubmarine and a range of other wood-fired hot tubs all on display.

Tubmarine Wood Fired Hot Tub available from Penguin Spas Outdoor Living

Tubmarine: Over the past seven years, Tubmarine founder Chris Galley has worked with the engineers and suppliers throughout the UK and Europe to arrive at the new tub design. The end result is a hot tub that requires absolutely no electricity, heats up in less than two hours and is easy to maintain.


About Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living

Penguin Spas Outdoor Living brings to the market some of the most advanced Hot Tubs and Swim Spas with superior technology, easier maintenance, better build quality and lower running costs – see for yourself at our NEW outdoor living showroom in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Since 2013, Penguin Spas Outdoor Living have been devoted at creating and supplying elaborate products which are all designed to help improve people’s health, wellbeing, wellness, and happiness.

All our premium products are carefully designed and manufactured, and we strive to constantly improve ourselves and the products we deliver. We embrace new technologies and understand the importance of delivering reliable and durable products which help to improve our customers lives.

For more information about Penguin Spas hot tub and swim spa collection, please contact us directly on 0800 112 3886 or click on the link below.