Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs are great tools to help us unwind at the end of a busy day or busy week. Jumping into a warm pool or soaking in a hot tub can ease stress and rejuvenate tired bodies. Unfortunately, these healing waters don’t come free. The cost of keeping your pool warm and your hot tub hot can take the joy out of these experiences.
Hot tubs, swimming pools, and spas are expensive to heat because they require a large amount of electricity to keep them operating at their best. For most people, this means additional dependence on your electric or gas service provider. A 2015 study from the EPA indicated the annual cost to heat a swimming pool in an area similar to southern Idaho to be somewhere in the range of $1,500 to $2,500 per year using gas (depending on the temperature you choose and whether the pool is covered when not in use). There is a way to avoid this. Using the power of the sun will dramatically reduce the cost associated with keeping your water ready for use.
Using solar power to heat your pool, hot tub, or spa is far more efficient and better for the environment. Solar thermal applications are typically 94% efficient and work great on sunny days and cloudy days! This is because typical solar companies will use the sun to generate electricity, which then powers the system to heat your water this process is 17% efficient. With solar thermal technology, the sun’s power is used to more directly heat the water itself instead of generate electricity to do that job indirectly. The System the RENW team installs heats the house in the winter time and the hot water year round for maximum energy efficiency.
If you’re interested in harnessing the power of the sun to save money, while placing less stress on the environment, give Renewable Energy NW a call today at 208-577-6537 to schedule a free solar site visit. We’ll walk you through the options and give you a projection on how long it will take you to see your return on investment.