Portable Electric Spas

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Portable electric spas are factory-built hot tubs or spas that are intended for the immersion of people in heated, temperature-controlled water that is circulated in a closed system.  A wide range of portable electric spa products are available on the market, including standard spas, exercise spas, combination spas, and inflatable spas. 

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule on June 13, 2023 pertaining to test procedures for portable electric spas, 88 FR 38600. DOE is establishing definitions, a test procedure, and representation provisions for portable electric spas. Currently, portable electric spas are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards. DOE is adopting a test procedure for measuring the standby loss for portable electric spas. The test method references the relevant industry test standard with certain additions and modifications.

  • The effective date of this rule is July 13, 2023. 
  • Compliance with the final rule will be mandatory for representations of fill volume and standby loss made on or after the compliance date of any energy conservation standards for portable electric spas.

For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.


Notice of Data Availability
  • Federal Register, 87FR69082 (November 17, 2022)


Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 88FR38600 (June 13, 2023)
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Federal Register, 87FR63356 (October 18, 2022)


Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

Current Standard

There are currently no energy conservation standards for portable electric spas.

Current Test Procedure

There are currently no test procedures for portable electric spas.

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Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

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