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The JetPak System and Full Foam Insulation Combine to Make Bullfrog Spas Incredibly Energy Efficient


These days most people just can’t afford to waste money. So, it’s important to know that your hot tub doesn’t have a direct debit line to your bank account. Many hot tubs out there claim to be energy efficient but may actually cost you hundreds of dollars per month on your electricity bill – a Bullfrog Spa probably costs less than $20-$40 depending on where you live, how it’s installed, and your usage.


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Of course costs will vary depending on the climate where you live, energy rates, settings and how often you use your hot tub. That’s just physics and economics. One thing is certain though, compared to every other spa in its class, a Bullfrog Spa is extremely energy efficient and at or near the top of the list. This means a Bullfrog Spa will cost you less money in the long run, all the while providing better massages, true customization, American-made quality and extreme durability.



Why are Bullfrog Spas more energy efficient?



Well, it all comes down to the fact that Bullfrog Spas are built differently than every other spa out there. Bullfrog Spas are the only hot tubs built with the patented JetPak Therapy System. JetPak Technology provides a more advanced and more efficient way to build a hot tub. The JetPak Therapy System eliminates up to 90% of the plumbing that is used in some other conventional spas. In addition to a simplified system, almost all of the plumbing utilized in the JetPak Therapy System resides inside the spa’s warm water so it conserves heat instead of exposing and losing it to the outside environment. Bullfrog Spas combine the JetPak Therapy System with high-grade full foam insulation and insulated tight fitting hot tub covers to achieve maximum heat retention.


The result: A Bullfrog Spa holds heat better and requires far less electricity to maintain warm water. This makes Bullfrog Spas the most energy efficient hot tubs on the planet!


In energy efficiency stats compiled by the California Energy Commission, Bullfrog Spas either lead or are top 4 (often only behind other Bullfrog Spas models) on the list for every category in which Bullfrog Spas manufactures a spa model.


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Jake Ricks is the Senior Marketing Manager for Bullfrog Spas. Jake has been published in a variety of publications with topics that include the pool and spa industry, outdoors, digital marketing, and content marketing. Jake's passion is fly fishing and living life outside. He guides, competes in fly fishing events, designs fly patterns and is a regular contributor to outdoor blogs and periodicals.

  • Richard Umpleby | Jun 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Am interested in a hot tub with an enclosure. Do you also do the installation of the Hottubs and enclosures? If not, can you recommend someone? Would like to get estimates before going for financing.
    Thank for any help you can provide…


    • Jake | Jun 27, 2011 at 9:59 am


      Thanks for the inquiry.

      An Authorized Bullfrog Spas dealer in your area should be able to help recommend an enclosure and, yes, install the spa. Here’s the link to our dealer locator:

      Simply type in your zip code and you’ll find the nearest Authorized Dealer.

  • Greg Glenn | Feb 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Bullfrog combines the JetPak System with high-grade full foam insulation

    I have a new Bullfrog R5L and don’t see any insulation underneath at all. Where, specifically, is it insulated?

    • Jake Ricks | Feb 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      The entire area underneath the spa shell, minus the equipment compartment area, is actually filled with full foam insulation. Perhaps you’re viewing just the equipment compartment? In addition to the full foam insulation, the heat from the equipment is also used to help heat the spa.

      • Greg Glenn | Feb 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

        You are correct sir, equipment compartment…


  • scott roberts | Jun 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I have owned my bullfrog r7 for a month now, using it 1 hour per day with a temp of 102 and water cycles 4 hours a day. I was suprised to get my electric billbin sacramento, ca. With only an 18 dollar increase in my electric bill. Good job bullfrog!

  • longisland_hot_tub_spa_blog » Have You Heard These Common Misconceptions About Hot Tubs? | Nov 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    […] up to temperature. In fact, in recent years Bullfrog Spas — which we specialize in — really beefed up their hot tub and hot tub covers insulation, which brought costs down from about $100 per month to about $25.00 today, so it’s no longer a […]

  • Bryan Brandon | Jan 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    We purchased the R6 Bullfrog spa back in Oct of 2015 and it was installed on 2 Nov. The spa has been great except for the electric bill. Our first month was $65 higher than last year and this past month was $80 higher. We have adjusted the settings (REST) and it is only set to 101 degrees. The salesman who we bought the spa from has the same model and says he only pays around $12-15 per month. What would cause this disparity? We feel deceived and can’t afford this type of energy consumption. What options do we have?

    • Bullfrog Spas | Jan 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Bryan, thanks for writing in. Sorry to hear about this. It is certainly not typical. There are several factors that can affect your energy consumption including average outside air temperature, usage patterns, filtration and other mode settings, cover fit, environmental exposure at your installation site (regular exposure to wind can be taxing on energy), and several more factors. For example, using your spa frequently with pumps on high for extended periods in cold temps and wind will obviously use more energy than normal. While with summer temperatures you may use hardly any additional energy. The best course of action is probably to work with your dealership to try to identify any unusual spa settings, cover fit issues, or installation site problems.

    • Neal Casale | Jan 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Bryan, I’m with you –
      We have a new A7 and are paying about $80.00 more per month on average with almost daily use (for about a half hour on average, no more). Very disappointed, after hearing it would be about $15-$20 and maybe a touch more with heavy use. I’m in New Hampshire and paying about .16 cents per KWH, including transmission fees, and have the filters going for about 4 hours/day, as recommended for heavy usage.

      • Bullfrog Spas | Jan 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm

        Neal, sorry to hear that you’re paying more in energy than you expected. As the author explained above there are several factors that go into energy usage. You’ll notice in the figures published above the results reflect what was observed when following the testing protocol established by the California Energy Commission (60 degrees F ambient temperature, 102 degree water temperature, standby mode) and a rate of $.10 per kilowatt hour, which was the US national average at the time of testing. Bullfrog Spas continue to rate at or near the top of all spas in efficiency according to the data compiled for the CEC. It sounds as if you’re using your spa frequently, likely at a lower average ambient temperature, and paying a higher energy rate. This will increase both energy consumption and cost over the test results. However, there are some things our techs suggest you can do to obtain greater efficiency: avoid wind exposure, install the spa in-ground with a SpaVault, install on a solid surface like concrete and tucked near the house, add removable insulation affixed to the inside of the equipment door, use a floating cover inside the standard cover on the surface of the water or an additional cover on top.

  • Katia | Apr 30, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Are the older models as energy efficient as the new ones? 2002 model?

    • Bullfrog Spas | Apr 30, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      They are very efficient but not as efficient as newer models.

  • Katia | Apr 30, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Are the older 2002 models as good as the newer model in their energy efficiency?

    • Bullfrog Spas | Apr 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      They are very efficient but not as efficient as newer models.

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