Having a backyard spa bath on the deck or patio is a much-desired luxury for many Australians. A hot soak on a cold winter's night and cooler dips during the warmer months make spas a wonderful and versatile addition. However, the running costs involved in owning a spa are not so attractive. Spas are notorious for adding thousands of dollars to both your electricity and your water bills each year.
Fortunately, it is possible to have the luxury of a backyard spa without also having the excessive running costs by utilising some innovative yet simple measures. Here are three ways you can make your spa more energy efficient and more cost effective to run.
1. Use Rainwater Instead Of Mains Water
Despite a reduction in mains water consumption across the country, water bills continue to increase. They are forecast to continue on this upwards trend for the foreseeable future. An average backyard spa bath has a volume of between 1000 and 2000 litres, making it a massive water guzzler and costly to fill using mains water.
Installing a small rainwater tank to collect water for use in the spa is a great way to eliminate paying for excess water. Installing a tank and setting up the downpipes to collect rainwater from your home's gutters is a simple process for a plumber and means you'll have a free water supply on hand.
2. Divert The Greywater From The Spa
Another excellent way to reduce water consumption and wastage is to divert the water from the spa when it comes time to refill it. This type of water is called greywater and it's safe to use in your garden or even to flush the toilets in your home. Again, this is a fairly simple set up for a plumber to complete.
You can divert your greywater into a storage tank so you can use it in your garden at your leisure. You can also divert it directly into an irrigation system that takes the greywater directly to your garden beds or vegetable patch. If you want to use the diverted water to flush the toilets, then you'll need a small pump installed as well as a storage tank.
3. Ditch The Electric Pump And Water Heater
The two biggest culprits for inflated electricity bills when you have a backyard spa are the pump and the water heater. The main reason they cost so much to run is that the water is kept hot constantly and the pump also needs to run constantly to ensure the water is safe and hygienic to use.
Replacing these items with a combined solar and gas system is the best way to significantly cut your spa's running costs. Having a dual system like this means your spa can be used throughout the day and night, utilising solar energy during the day and switching over to backup gas use when it's dark.
While all of these energy saving ideas will involve an initial outlay, they're a wise investment in the long-term. The savings you'll make in water and electricity bills will more than mitigate the cost of the initial installment. As an added bonus, these ideas will reduce the overall carbon emission level of your home and help to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.
The team at A & C Plumbing in Yarraville are a one stop shop for all of your general plumbing, gas, and hot water plumbing needs. .Contact them to find out how they can help you to make your outdoor spa an energy efficient, environmentally friendly and low-cost addition to your home.