THIS winter we’re all on the hunt for money-saving hacks to keep warm without the wild heating costs.
With household energy bills rising by over six per cent this month, the thought of turning up the thermostat might get some of us in a hot and stressful sweat, but one savvy TikTok user has found the perfect solution to keep cosy at just 10p per day.
Hanna – aka woman.of.gold – shared a clip of her clever hack, and it’s had almost a million views and counting.
“This is the best money saving tip during winter ever,” she captions the video. “I rarely put the heating on in my bedroom because it’s useless and doesn’t warm up the room properly anyway, literally a waste of my hard-earned money.”
She continues: “So instead I use my electric blanket and have been for years. There is no better feeling than coming out the shower at night and getting into a warm bed.”
Hanna never sleeps with her electric blanket turned on, but she claims it’s safe to do so.
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Putting her maths skills to the test, she explains of her hack: “The calculation is based on the new energy price guarantee ‘average’ at 34p per kWh and four hours usage.”
Hanna’s blanket, as shown in her video, uses 70 watts. She uses it for about four hours each night before bed, and she turns it off before she falls asleep.
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Writing alongside the clip, she claims that keeping her blanket on for four hours a day costs her less than 10p. That equates to 70p a week and £3 a month – significantly less than our current heating bills.
Heating a whole room, she says, is normally not enough to keep you warm, but she claims her electric blanket method will make you feel super toasty.
“10/10 would recommend for anyone looking to save money whilst staying warm this winter,” she says.
24,000 TikTok users follow Hanna for the best tips and tricks, and they were quick to praise her savvy idea.
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One user commented: “Literally can’t live without a heated blanket. The best thing.”
Another agreed: “I have the dual control one and it’s saved so many arguments, best thing ever.”
Some even had advice for Hanna, with one user cleverly suggesting: “Get a heated throw! even better because you can take it anywhere and use it on the couch.”
The London Fire Brigade have six top tips to staying safe while using an electric blanket.
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Store electric blankets flat, rolled up or loosely folded to prevent damaging the internal wiring.
Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
Never use an electric blanket if you have an air flow pressure relief mattress, or use emollient creams. Ask for non-flammable alternatives instead.
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If your blanket gets wet, don’t use it and never switch it on to dry it. Do not buy second-hand electric blankets.
Check regularly for wear and tear and replace at least every 10 years.
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