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    Hot Tubs - Cost to Run?

    How much does it cost to run a hot tub per month? Is electricity the most expensive expenditure and everything else is nominal? Do you need to keep it running everyday and then turn it up higher an hour before you use it? What does it cost if you only use it one day a week or 5 days a week? Does it cost more to run in the winter compared to the summer? How long can you stay in one? Do you smell like chlorine when you get out and you need to take a shower? Educate me please?

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    ~$30/month minimum.

    You forgot to ask what's the best lube for hot tub hanky panky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkcooper
    ~$30/month minimum.

    You forgot to ask what's the best lube for hot tub hanky panky.
    I didn't know you could do it in a hot tub, What about shrinkage? I also didn't think there would be enough lubrication in the hot tub with all that water and the chlorine washing everything off, sounds nice but sounds kinda of yechy, I'd rather hit the shower and the bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrence
    I'd rather hit the shower and the bed.
    Sorry if I made it sound like that was an invitation.

    on second thought, if you can talk fredke into too, call me.

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    Wow, a lot of questions, We have a built in the floor hot tub in the house and run it everyday for about 1 1/2 hours. If we actually use it, I warm it up for a few hours before. The heater is a 50A electric, so yes it's expensive. We also use Bromine, so don't have the chlorine smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkcooper
    You forgot to ask what's the best lube for hot tub hanky panky.

    Silicone based, of course.


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    dunno but my next door neighbors have an ancient one and the motor sounds like the loudest leafblower from hell ever. and they love to sit out there till the wee hours on the weekends running that thing. about 20 feet from my bedroom window.
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    We only heat ours when were going to use it... about $5 in gas (gas heater, btw) to heat it up and run for an evening.
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    our hot tub is about $20/month and we keep it going year round and keep the temp at 104. and spend about $30/year in chlorine to maintain.
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    $20. What ambient temp's are it exposed to? Summer-winter. These make a big difference in energy consumption. I hear bromine is the hot lick when the water is exposed to heater elements. This from an in-ground pool user, who frequents the occasional hot tub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrence
    I didn't know you could do it in a hot tub, What about shrinkage? I also didn't think there would be enough lubrication in the hot tub with all that water and the chlorine washing everything off, sounds nice but sounds kinda of yechy, I'd rather hit the shower and the bed.
    It is a hot tub not an...ice cold water tub.

    As for the rest...nature provides. And you have not lived until you get tossed from your hotel for doing it in the hottub.
    In the time of battle you don't rise to the occasion you resort to the level of your conditioning...

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    Buck a day in the winter in a cold climate, assuming it's outside. Pennies a day in the summer or in an indoor location. We set ours at 99 in the summer and 101 in the winter. Hotter and it's hard to stay in very long. Also depends on how much you use it. Daily use will drive up the costs. Also depends on how you set the cleaning cycle, which depends on use.
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    also if you have some kind of chronic pain condition that can be relieved by a soak, you may be able to a prescription for one and get a tax deduction as a medical expense. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrence
    How much does it cost to run a hot tub per month? Is electricity the most expensive expenditure and everything else is nominal? Do you need to keep it running everyday and then turn it up higher an hour before you use it? What does it cost if you only use it one day a week or 5 days a week? Does it cost more to run in the winter compared to the summer? How long can you stay in one? Do you smell like chlorine when you get out and you need to take a shower? Educate me please?
    Depends on your climate and the tub you have, but guessing anywhere from $20-40 in electricity to heat one. Then you have chems you need to add to keep the water sanitized and balanced. Don't skimp on the hot tub --especially if you're in a colder climate. Get something well insulated with a long warranty.

    I run mine at 104 in the winter and drop it to about 101 or so in the summer.

    //hot tub s*cks is overrated

    ///Mine is now out of warranty and of course it started leaking. I got a crash course in hot tub repair and managed to get it repaired myself.
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    Ours runs 24/7 and has maybe added $15?/month to our electric bill? It's a recent model Tiger River spa (owned by HotSprings) - basically built like a cooler - very well insulated and very efficient.

    We use BaquaSpa chemicals - no odor, no chlorine, no bromine. It doesn't take much of it to keep things fresh either, when combined with the ozonator. I buy refills cheap on ebay.

    We keep ours at 100 degrees - mostly because of our 3yr old daughter, who loves her "big tubby".

    Only regret is that I should have had 220v run to it, instead of 115v. The 115v has trouble maintaining temperature for more than 15 minutes or so when the top is open and the jets are on...Oh, and I hate the stain that the ozonator leaves on our cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmp
    Ours runs 24/7 and has maybe added $15?/month to our electric bill? It's a recent model Tiger River spa (owned by HotSprings) - basically built like a cooler - very well insulated and very efficient.

    We use BaquaSpa chemicals - no odor, no chlorine, no bromine. It doesn't take much of it to keep things fresh either, when combined with the ozonator. I buy refills cheap on ebay.

    We keep ours at 100 degrees - mostly because of our 3yr old daughter, who loves her "big tubby".

    Only regret is that I should have had 220v run to it, instead of 115v. The 115v has trouble maintaining temperature for more than 15 minutes or so when the top is open and the jets are on...Oh, and I hate the stain that the ozonator leaves on our cover.
    Ozonator is a good feature. I have one also. We run 220 though. Can't imagine running that off standard house current.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocephus Jones II
    Ozonator is a good feature. I have one also. We run 220 though. Can't imagine running that off standard house current.
    You only notice when sitting in it longer than 15 minutes, the heater just can't keep up. Hindsight being 20/20 though, I would have had 220 run, and might do that in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocephus Jones II
    Ozonator is a good feature. I have one also. We run 220 though. Can't imagine running that off standard house current.
    Does yours stain the bejeezus out of your cover? Magic Eraser works on it a little bit, but there is a nasty redish/brownish ring on the bottom of the cover, right where it sits over the ozonator exhust. blech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmp
    Does yours stain the bejeezus out of your cover? Magic Eraser works on it a little bit, but there is a nasty redish/brownish ring on the bottom of the cover, right where it sits over the ozonator exhust. blech.
    Haven't noticed it, but our cover is beyond shot because the dog decided to make it a chew toy when he was a puppy. I really need a new one.
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    We've got the Tiger River Siberian, it's supposedly a 6 or 7 person tub. Four is the max you can fit without lots of touching. It's set-up with a 220 circuit for the heater and 2 air pumps, and a 110 circuit for ozonator, circulating pump and controls. At 103 24/7 we're seeing around $30/month. I wish we had a slightly smaller unit except for the rare times when there are more than three of us in there. When in there solo - you almost get lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkcooper
    ~$30/month minimum.

    You forgot to ask what's the best lube for hot tub hanky panky.
    You need to get with some younger ladies mang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shades9323
    You need to get with some younger ladies mang!
    Guessing even young ladies need lube in the hot tub. Try it and report back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shades9323
    You need to get with some younger ladies mang!
    Let's post wife pics and see who warrants an update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocephus Jones II
    Guessing even young ladies need lube in the hot tub. Try it and report back.

    Been there done that, several times. No lube needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkcooper
    Let's post wife pics and see who warrants an update.
    You gonna post a picture of her standing on her head? Not saying anything about the looks of the lady...

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