Electric blanket vs heater: which saves you money?

Nothing beats snuggling up in a warm, toasty bed on a cold night. But if you’re trying to save on your energy use, you can still beat the chill by simply using only an electric blanket. Using an electric blanket instead of, your heater can save you money. Read on to find out how.

Benefits of an electric blanket

  • Electric blankets consume little energy and are a cost effective way to stay warm.
  • On average, they cost about four cents an hour, while other forms of heating can be much more.
  • Many electric blankets come with timers so you can pre-set them to switch off, allowing you to manage your energy use while still staying warm. They are a very effective heater so you may only need to run them for around 15-30 minutes before hopping into bed.

Did you know there are different types of blankets?

Most people would be familiar with the electric under-blanket, which sits under your fitted sheet, and is the most common. There are also electric over-blankets, which sit on top of your doona and stay the same temperature all night. You can even get heated throws for the couch, which might help reduce energy costs as you can turn the heater down or even off.

What features should I look for when buying one?

  • Select one with a high energy efficiency rating.
  • Check that the blanket has an overheat protection sensor which will switch the blanket off if it gets too hot.
  • Get one with a control that has raised markings as this means you know what temperature you’re turning it to in the dark.
  • Select one with a high energy efficiency rating.
  • Fitted blankets stay on the bed more easily as opposed to those with strings.
  • A fleecy one should be more comfortable than a thin one.

Are electric blankets safe to use?

Like most electrical appliances yes, as long as you take care of them and store them correctly by rolling them up. Remember to replace your blanket if it has bent wiring, scorch marks, frayed fabric, exposed elements, dampness, worn patches, damaged cords or loose connections.

It is recommended that all electric blankets, even those in good condition, should be replaced every 10 years. It’s not recommended that young children use them due to the control required; and never use them in an infant’s cot.

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