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Archive for April, 2012

Going Green For Hot Tub Covers

April 23rd, 2012 by

Going Hot Tub Cover Green

Not THAT kind of Green Spa or Hot Tub!

Not THAT kind of Green Spa or Hot Tub!

Recently we crossed another milestone – our spa and hot tub cover production reached the very exciting new level of 500,000 hot tub covers manufactured. The growth over the last seven years has not been easy but it has been rewarding. We have been able to create more jobs, buy more raw materials, and provide more shipping contracts for all of our domestic partners.

One of the aspects that we are most proud of our operation is the technology we have invested in. All raw materials in our production facility are cut by automated machines, making our waste the lowest possible, creating a safe work place, and the greenest operation in our industry. Our order processing system is state of the art, and updates me on each order every 15 minutes. By using computer and industrial technologies, we have lowered our energy consumption and been able to produce higher quality hot tub covers (which protect hot tubs from wasting energy!).

And also quite recently, our hot tub covers were awarded the Energy Trust certification by Oregon. This means our Ultra and Works spa cover models exceed their energy savings guide lines. Oregon Energy Trust has created a rebate program for residents of Oregon to receive a rebate of $100 dollars on one of our Ultra and Works spa covers. The rebate is awarded because these spa covers save energy. They not only reduce demands for electricity but also have a big impact to the operational costs and energy bills for the home owner. It’s great program and we are proud to involved.

Here is the Energy Trust Program:

Energy-efficient spa covers can save money and last longer

Energy-efficient outdoor spa covers save energy by slowing unwanted air escape or intrusion between outdoor air and the heated water in your spa. Covers also keep debris out, decreasing demand on your heating, filtration and pumping components. Energy-efficient spa covers are framed and fully insulated—even at the folding seam—which helps you use less energy to maintain the temperature of your water, even when your spa is not in use, or is in standby mode.

Energy Trust offers a cash incentive for energy-efficient spa covers.

Energy Trust Incentives

Outdoor spa cover: $100 rebate

To qualify for this incentive:

  • Outdoor spa cover must be purchased through Energy Trust’s list of participating retailers.
  • Spa unit must be located outside and be heated with electricity or natural gas
  • Spa cover with air chambers must be at least two inches thick at all points; spa cover with a foam core must be at least three inches thick at all points
  • Spa cover should be one continuous piece, insulated to a minimum R-12, or a folding spa cover must have a hinge insulated to a minimum R-12

Oregon customers primarily heating their spa with electricity or natural gas from Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas can participate.

Oregon homes that heat with oil, propane, kerosene, butane or wood can conduct their own energy audit and apply for cash rebates for installed weatherization upgrades through the Oregon Department of Energy’s SHOW (State Home Oil Weatherization) program.

Energy Trust does not pay incentives for energy-efficient improvements that are mandated for building code compliance, such as remodeling, renovation or new additions to the home.

 

Follow these easy steps to get cash for purchasing an outdoor spa cover:

1: Establish your eligibility

2: Purchase a qualified outdoor spa cover from a participating retailer (Like HotTubWorks!)

3: Sign and submit your application within 90 days of purchase.


Mail or fax your signed and completed application, participating retailer receipt and manufacturer packaging slip to:

Mail:
Energy Trust of Oregon
Existing Homes
P.O. Box 40508
Portland, OR 97240

Fax: 1.866.516.7592

Use Locking Hot Tub Covers – Stop Hot Tub Crashers!

April 13th, 2012 by

Lock your Hot Tub Cover – Prevent Unauthorized Soaks!

I saw this funny story (a little sad too) about a guy who used a hot tub to get warm. I think he was using it more as a warm bath.

Here’s the short story:

hot-tub-crasher

Maybe the judge thought it was an anemic defense claim. A man told a Broward County judge he was found trespassing and in a hot tub at a luxury beachfront condo in Hollywood because he got chilly due to his anemia.

Torey Leonard, 23, was charged with trespassing Tuesday after taking an early morning dip in a hot tub at The Diplomat Oceanfront Residences, 3535 S. Ocean Dr., according to a Hollywood (Florida) police report.

According to the report, Leonard jumped over a fence and was found bathing in the hot tub sometime before 8 a.m. Leonard, who has no local address, was forced from the tub after refusing to get out, police said.

Leonard told the judge he was just trespassing because he was cold: “I’m anemic,” he said.

“Can you take care of your anemic condition without going into the hot tub at The Diplomat?” Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley asked.

“I didn’t do nothing but trespass,” Leonard said.

He remained in jail Thursday on $25 bond.

What this story does point out that a locking hot tub cover would have solved the issue. We produce thousands of locking hot tub covers for facilities just like the Diplomat.  They may be calling us any moment.

Hot Tubs Are Thriving In Branson, Mo

April 11th, 2012 by

Hello again;

I like positive stories about people or companies achieving some level of success.

In the past 5 years many hot tub dealers have had a tough time, so when one does well it’s newsworthy.

- Jack

Hot Tub near Branson, Missouri

Hot Tub near Branson, Missouri

 

Branson Tri Lake News

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:33 pm

By Stephen Herzog |

A down economy doesn’t appear to be hurting Branson Hot Tubs & Pools.

The business, which opened in 2002, recently expanded its showroom after acquiring 1,500 square feet of the building next door.

The expanded showroom includes 12-16 hot tubs and two additional above ground pools.

 

“By the grace of God, I guess,” David Foraker said of his business’s ability to thrive in the current economy. “We’ve got a good crew — decent people, as honest as can be.”

He said he thinks word of mouth and reliable service has helped them remain strong in an industry that might not normally be considered “recession proof.”

“We have a lot of local customers and we have a lot of people from Arkansas,” he said. “Our reputation has grown and we just work on taking care of customers.”

He said the company has developed relationships with many people in the community through “pool schools” in which he coordinates several experts to provide information at local resorts, camps or hotels about maintenance and efficiency.

He said information includes things like the best use of chemicals, motor maintenance, energy efficiency and current and upcoming regulations.

“We’re not trying to sell them anything,” Foraker said. “We’re just trying to educate them. It’s not a sales pitch.”

The added showroom space takes the business to about 4,500 square feet all together, and Foraker said he believes it’s an investment that should pay for itself.

But he also doesn’t expect this growth to be the start of something new.

“I’d like to stay where I’m at,” he said. “This space was made available because we worked out a good deal with the landlord, but I’m not looking to keep expanding.”

The business will be celebrating its 10th anniversary Saturday with an open house from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The event includes hot dogs and cupcakes, with hourly door prizes and a water care class at 1 p.m.

Branson Hot Tubs & Pools is located at 800 Missouri 248 in Branson, Missouri.

Our Hats are off to Branson Hot Tubs and Pools. Their approach at providing free spa and hot tub education for their surrounding community has resulted in a loyal customer base. It’s not a new strategy, but may be the best one in a down economy. It’s also a core belief at Hot Tub Works. Through this blog, our Hot Tub Toolbox, our Videos and Spa Repair Forum, our mission is to answer all of our customers spa care and repair questions.

If you are looking for spa parts, spa filters, or spa covers please visit Hottubworks.com

- Jack

The Importance of Spa Cover Lifts

April 3rd, 2012 by

Spa Cover Lift Benefits

spa cover  lift

As any spa owner knows, a cover is essential to maintaining a spa. It keeps the spa protected from small children and pets, and it also keeps insects, dust, and debris from polluting the spa. It’s biggest benefit, a necessity really, it the ability to trap heat in the spa. Without a spa cover, you would have trouble heating to full temperature, and spend countless amounts on electricity (or gas) to heat your hot tub.

Spa lifts do have one disadvantage however. They are usually large, unwieldy, and heavy – discouraging spa usage because they require so much effort to pull on and off of the spa.

Spa cover lifts make a perfect accessory to any spa. Not only are they easy to install, but they’re also highly affordable and great time savers. Many spa owners consider them essential because spa lifts make it so much easier to enjoy their spa without the strenuous effort of lifting the cover on and off.

Good spa covers are heavy; in fact, the better the quality of the insulated spa cover, the heavier it will be. In addition, over time, the spa cover may absorb moisture, thus making it even heavier.

Purchasing a spa lifter will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of a heavy spa top without the manual effort associated with using it. It will increase the pleasure of your spa, as well as encourage you to continuously use a cover when the spa is not in use. It also protects your spa cover from damage during removal, or from falling over. So, in a way, a spa cover lift can be considered a way to protect your spa cover investment, as well as reduce your spa heating expense.

Since there are many types of covers, a spa owner has many choices when it comes to cover lifts. Generally speaking, heavier covers average around 25-30 pounds. This weight is determined by the quality of the materials used and thickness of the cover. For the heavier hot tub covers, you will find it easier to use the heavier duty cover lifts.

A Mechanical Spa Lifter Makes the Work Easier

Usually the heavier spa covers require a mechanical lifter. This is because the cover can get heavier over time as it absorbs moisture. If trying to lift a heavy cover manually, you risk injuring yourself. Spa lifters require a simple and easy maneuver to remove the cover. No more struggling with a unwieldy spa top!

Spa Cover Lifts Protect your Spa Cover

In addition, even if you are a strong and agile person, you may accidentally break the cover when lifting it on and off. A mechanical lifter makes the work of removing a cover very easy, while storing it safely while not in use. Many spa covers are broken while removed from the spa, some simply by the cover falling over, and some by people falling over the spa cover!

A Variety of Spa Cover Lifts

Spa cover lifts come in different shapes and sizes. The mechanical lifter is ideal for heavy covers, but cheaper models are available as well. All cover lifters do the heavy lifting for you, making it easier for you to lift manually through use of basic physical properties. Cover lifts are designed to hold the cover off the ground, thus avoiding damage or dirtying of your spa cover. Spa lifts hold the cover to the spa’s side, either in a vertical or horizontal orientation.

Advice for Buying a Spa Cover Lift

The best way to make an informed purchase is to carefully measure the cover as well as the spa enclosure clearance. It’s advisable to have a minimum of six inches of vertical clearance to operate your spa lift. Different models provide different horizontal clearance amounts for storing the spa cover in the removed position, so be sure to measure the distance from your spa to any adjacent walls or barriers. Finally, remember that the better the spa cover, the better the spa cover lift. Heavier covers require a more heavy duty cover lifter, for best performance and ease of use.

For more information about Personal Spa Cover Lift, please visit www.hottubworks.com.