Consumers Spend Less Energy Thanks to New Hot Tub Labeling

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In an effort to improve consumer energy awareness and demonstrate the energy efficiency of hot tubs, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)-14 2014 Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency.

In an effort to improve consumer energy awareness and demonstrate the energy efficiency of hot tubs, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)-14 2014 Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency.

States that adopt this standard will require a comprehensive energy label on each hot tub, enabling consumers to evaluate their choices when making a purchase. This new labeling will display the energy consumption compared to all other hot tubs.

Hot tub manufacturers are embracing this new standard. “In 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approached the industry looking to increase the energy saving provided by the appliance energy efficiency language in Title 20,” said Mike McCague, compliance engineer for Watkins Manufacturing and APSP-14 Committee Member, and chairman of APSP’s International Hot Tub Association Engineering Committee. “Using ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 2012 as a baseline, APSP, CEC and interested parties worked together to improve the energy position of portable electric spas by updating the standard.”

Individuals taking the lead in writing the standard included McCague; Angelo Pugliese, Sr., Custom Molded Products; and Nathan Coelho, Master Spas, Inc. along with 19 other portable spa manufacturers and related interested parties.

From the sales, service, and maintenance perspective, manufacturers must indicate which hot tub specific covers meet the test requirements so that the spa continues to perform at peak cost savings efficiency over its life. The maximum energy limit was also closely reviewed to ensure that energy usage and operating costs were kept low for all models.

“Working with the CEC and adding to the ANSI/APSP suite of energy efficiency standards for hot tubs and pools demonstrate that the industry is committed to safe, efficient products,” said APSP Vice President of Technical & Standards Carvin DiGiovanni. “And with easy to understand labeling, we’re taking it one step further and empowering consumers to make a more informed and environmentally conscious decision.”

For more information about the Standard, email DiGiovanni at cdigiovanni@apsp.org. To purchase it visit APSP.org/Store.

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About APSP

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.

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