Each Winter we see our Energy bills rising, whether it is due to colder temperatures or Utility Companies raising their rates, or both.
Are you one of those consumers always looking for a way to be able to turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees at night to save energy, but also want to make sure your bed is snuggly warm and comfortable, without spending more than you save?
Look at the way your bed is made up. I would suggest an extra blanket or two. They are an easy addition or subtraction depending on your body’s needs. They are also good to use on the couch or chair when reading, watching TV, or just working on your laptop.
There are many blankets to choose from on the market today.
Cotton Blankets – are a good choice for year round comfort, as they are usually a thermal weave (looks like knitted sweater). During the winter put them under other blankets, bedspreads or comforters. The holes in the blanket will trap warm air against your body. During the summer, put this same blanket on top of everything, and it will release the warm air into the room. Some can be expensive, while others are inexpensive, it all depends on the type of Cotton used, ie Egyptian, Supima, Turkish, etc. These blankets are relatively available and easy to care for.
Recycled Pre-Consumer Fiber Blankets – have been around for about two decades, and are a good year round choice, they are just getting more press due to the “GREEN” movement. These blankets are made using textile scraps that our melted down and woven into a blankets with Thermal properties and softness. Each blanket represents over 7 lbs of textile materials that do not end up in landfills around the world. Most of these are decorative, but there are some solid colors available.
Wool Blankets – are great for the colder months of the year, but definitely not a year round item for the bed, unless you live in Mountain or Coastal areas that stay cool. These are easy to find, but most require Dry Cleaning for care. Prices can be expensive.
If you find that blankets tend to be a little rough against your skin, I suggest you use a duvet cover on them. These covers work well, not only for Duvets (comforters), but blankets as well. A lot of these covers are made of sheeting which is soft to the touch, plus reduces the laundering of blankets, thus reducing the wear of your blankets, and prolonging the life of your blankets.
Blankets are an inexpensive way to lower your heating bills, yet keep that warm and cozy feeling in your home, night after night.