On the cold winter nights, the warmth generated by your home heating system might not be enough, which is where electric blankets show up and keep you warm while you sleep. You can get yourself one with low wattage to keep your heating costs to a minimum, even though they don’t consume more than a fraction of the energy required by a heater.
With that said, every electric device will still increase your monthly electric bills. That’s why we’ve created a guide in which we will discuss electric blankets’ power usage to see if it will fit your expectations.
How much does an electric blanket cost to run?
Overall, utility companies measure the amount of electricity consumed using kilowatt-hours. If you want to find out the daily kilowatt-hours consumed by any home appliance, you’ll have to multiply the device’s wattage by the number of hours you use it every day. Then you have to divide by 1,000 in order to account for the fact that 1 kilowatt (equals 1,000 watts).
You can find the wattage consumed by your heated blanket by examining the tags on it or by checking the manufacturer’s manual. Usually, a new one will have wattage on its label or package.
For example, let’s take two blankets, one with a wattage of 60 and another with a wattage of 70. Let’s say you keep them on for seven hours a night for half of the year since you won’t need them in the summer. If you want to work out the total cost, you are going to multiple the wattage with the number of hours used and the average price of a unit of energy for a consumer(the average cost in the UK is 18p).
The blanket that has lower watts will have an 8p cost per night for 182.5 nights, which would cost around £14.60 annually. Whereas the higher wattage product will have a cost of around 9p per night, and that will raise the price to £16.42 per year.
However, keep in mind that these are only examples, and the exact price you pay will depend on your usage. In general, using your electric blanket won’t truly impact the cost of your electric bill. With that said, keep in mind that the kind of blanket you have and the energy tariff you’re on can vary.
Electric blankets can be the final touch to your cosy sleep on those cold nights without even having to run them through the night. They can heat your mattress well enough for it to hold its heat while you sleep, and the electricity costs are practically none when used appropriately. It’s time for you to get a high-quality option that has low electricity usage and will last you several years.
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