Staycationing families trying to liven up the summer are snapping up hot tubs like hot cakes — but many don’t realise they could send household energy bills soaring by up to £310, according to Uswitch.com, the comparison and switching service.
With more people planning to stay at home over the summer this year, shoppers have been searching for other ways to keep themselves entertained in the garden.
Interest in hot tubs has rocketed since lockdown started, with online searches peaking in April, when they were 244% on the highest point of 2019. Even though the weather was cooler in July, searches remained 137% higher than last year.
Consumers considering buying a hot tub should be aware that they are big energy guzzlers, with some adding £2 a day to energy bills — up to £62 a month — based on an average running time of just 30 minutes a day.
Anyone using them between May and September could rack up bills of as much as £310 in those months alone. Smaller, less energy intensive hot tubs could still add £155 to bills.
Such is the popularity of hot tubs that they can be bought at UK supermarkets for as little as £349.99.
Hot tubs have such large running costs because they are meant to be kept at a high ambient temperature so they are ready for use.