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A handy tip for energy bills

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sd100
sd100 Community member Posts: 132 Pioneering
I know there are many who will be dreading their bills during this winter and thought I’d share a great little method that had literally halved my energy bill.

A heated blanket/throw!

they are easily available on Amazon and other retailers for roughly £40 for a decent sized good quality one.

its been a complete game changer for me.
i know it might not be great solution for everybody, but im a single man in a 1 bedroom flat and it has worked wonders and will more than pay for itself in money saved on heating bills.

Just thought id share and am unaware if this has already been suggested before. Give it a try is all I can say.

be well everybody.
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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,290 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks for sharing @sd100, I haven't got one of these but it's definitely on my list of things to buy soon :)

    Glad you've found yours so useful!
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  • Autism_at_40
    Autism_at_40 Community member Posts: 724 Pioneering
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    It's funny, I just went to Lidl and saw they have heated blankets for sale and was thinking how I would never spend £40 on a blanket.. (no offense).

    Plus, for me, electricity is more expensive than gas, so I'd rather put the heating on or just sit with a normal blanket on my lap.

    Sorry, if I come across as pessimistic, just sharing my opinion that's all.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,127 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 23
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    I've read some really good reports about heated blankets/throws about how warm they are and cheap to use.

    If I had any worries about paying my bills I would be looking at alternatives and wouldn't let any body's negative opinion put me off...of course just my opinion

    @sd100 thanks for sharing

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  • Autism_at_40
    Autism_at_40 Community member Posts: 724 Pioneering
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    It was just my opinion, that happened to be a different one to the one posted.  I wouldn't call it negative just because it was different.
  • sd100
    sd100 Community member Posts: 132 Pioneering
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    It was just my opinion, that happened to be a different one to the one posted.  I wouldn't call it negative just because it was different.
    No offence taken, but you are just one man and I mentioned it won’t suit everyone, My post wasn’t directed at you, it was just a tip that had helped me and I think could help many more. 
  • sd100
    sd100 Community member Posts: 132 Pioneering
    edited January 24
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    woodbine said:
    I've read some really good reports about heated blankets/throws about how warm they are and cheap to use.

    If I had any worries about paying my bills I would be looking at alternatives and wouldn't let any body's negative opinion put me off...of course just my opinion

    @sd100 thanks for sharing
    Yeah it was just a tip I’m glad someone appreciated it, not everybody has gas and electric some people only have electricity in their flats, [REMOVED BY MODERATOR - Uncivil comment]  I appreciate your kind reply.
  • sd100
    sd100 Community member Posts: 132 Pioneering
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    Thanks for sharing @sd100, I haven't got one of these but it's definitely on my list of things to buy soon :)

    Glad you've found yours so useful!
    You won’t regret it Rosie 👍
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    It's funny, I just went to Lidl and saw they have heated blankets for sale and was thinking how I would never spend £40 on a blanket.. (no offense).

    Plus, for me, electricity is more expensive than gas, so I'd rather put the heating on or just sit with a normal blanket on my lap.

    Sorry, if I come across as pessimistic, just sharing my opinion that's all.

    Those electric throws are extremely cheap to run at something like 1 or 2p per hour. Although electric is more expensive than gas, it's likely impossible to find anything cheaper than that.

    Personally i prefer the heat around my home, rather than the cold air but i do use mine for my legs when pain is through the roof.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • 1Wayne
    1Wayne Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    I'm going to get an electric blanket. A thoroughly good idea. I have been using hot water bottles in my bed and was shocked by the amount of heat they give out all night long.
  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 1,298 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 24
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    [REMOVED BY MODERATOR - Uncivil comment]

    Not nice or necessary. Very not nice in fact!


  • Autism_at_40
    Autism_at_40 Community member Posts: 724 Pioneering
    edited January 24
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    WhatThe said:

    [REMOVED BY MODERATOR - Uncivil comment]

    Not nice or necessary. Very not nice in fact!


    WOW - You obviously deleted that comment.

    I wish people wouldn't accuse people of being negative just because they offer a different opinion.  That was my point.  I was not being selfish, quite the opposite in fact.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 24
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    WhatThe said:

    [REMOVED BY MODERATOR - Uncivil comment]

    Not nice or necessary. Very not nice in fact!



    I've read Autism's comment several times and can't find anything that was selfish or not nice. Aren't we allowed to have our own opinions now? All i can see is they are sharing their opinion and there's nothing wrong with that. There's such a thing called "freedom of speech"
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,706 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 24
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    Can I just take this opportunity to ask everyone to remind themselves of the community house rules. We're all here to support each other and people will have different experiences.

    I'll also add "heat the human, not the house" can be a great money saver for many people. But it will all depend on your energy provider. 
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    Heat the human not the house doesn't work for everyone and i'm one of them. I can't be cold because my pain goes through the roof and cold surroundings doesn't help me at all. I also totally understand that not everyone can afford to put thier heating on.

    I don't think it really matters who's your energy supplier because everyone is expensive.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • sd100
    sd100 Community member Posts: 132 Pioneering
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    WhatThe said:

    [REMOVED BY MODERATOR - Uncivil comment]

    Not nice or necessary. Very not nice in fact!


    WOW - You obviously deleted that comment.

    I wish people wouldn't accuse people of being negative just because they offer a different opinion.  That was my point.  I was not being selfish, quite the opposite in fact.
    Apologies my bad for that reply, moderator removed it and rightly so,

  • ladyluck
    ladyluck Community member Posts: 69 Courageous
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    Poppy is correct on this. If you have breathing difficulties or severe arthritis or osteoporosis you feel worse when moving about if there is no warm air. I know people are having difficulties paying. There is help out there for some, not all of us. Personally, when the heating is off, my illness is much more difficult and painful. We all have different needs and opinions. 
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,654 Disability Gamechanger
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    I will also mention, that while heated blankets are much more energy efficient than they used to be, your home needs to stay above a certain temperature to not deteriorate. There's not exactly a consensus but I've seen different suggestions of 12C-15C as a minimum indoor temperature for your home, even while you're not around. 
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  • bobby123
    bobby123 Community member Posts: 238 Pioneering
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    What happened to the social tariff for gas and electric we were told would happen
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,706 Disability Gamechanger
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    HI @bobby123, I expect the government are focusing on election goals currently, so things may go quiet over this. 
    But over 40 thousand people signed our social tariff petition and Scope are writing an open letter to the government regarding this.  So watch this space. 
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  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 1,298 Disability Gamechanger
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    Poppy, the deleted comment was posted by sd100 and directed at Autism. 

    sd100 then posted this 
    Apologies my bad for that reply, moderator removed it and rightly so,


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