With energy bills on the rise, Britons are keen to save money wherever they can. As we say goodbye to summer and approach the coldest months of the year, many dread turning on their central heating. A blog post from a forum of money-saving experts has shared a clever way Brits can cut costs and stay comfortable.
An article for Money Saving Expert (MSE) said: “We are heading into the colder months and – even with the government’s energy price cap guarantee keeping bills lower than they are would have been otherwise – many will likely have to drastically reduce their use.
“In this guide, MoneySavers shared their tips for ‘heating the human, not the house’ – and we’ve researched the cheapest ways to do it.”
The guide has put together some simple things UK households can do to cut costs for less.
A suggested method of keeping Britons warm in October and beyond is to wear heated clothes and shoes.
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According to the blog, an electric vest, rechargeable via USB, would cost people an initial £46 – battery included.
Based on the October 1 price guarantee rate (34p for each kwh on the energy price cap), this equates to less than 1p cost per hour.
Based on seven hours of use per day and five hours of charging, the cost per week is estimated at 5p.
Investing in a fleece-lined hoodie is another way to cut costs this winter while still being cozy enough.
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Leanne Gale backed this up: “We all need it for the winter because the heating isn’t working.”
Jane Baker added: “I’ve already bought an Oodie, turned the heat down a notch, bought an air fryer and turned off the unused lights ASAP. Scary times.”
The Oodie is an oversized, wearable blanket, which comes with several adorable designs.
Currently the economy item is available for £59 instead of £84. A family pack of four Oodies is currently selling for £202, up from £336.
However, there are cheaper options. The Snuggle Hooded Heated Blanket, available on Wowcher, is currently £29.99 down from £59.99.
The hooded blanket has a large soft hood, long sleeves, a large front pocket, a fleece lining and a USB electric heating pad inside” to help you save on energy costs and heating bills this winter”.
The post has racked up over 2,000 likes to date and nearly 200 shares. Ann Dixon said: “I have one and it’s the best thing ever.”
MSE’s blog post added a few more suggestions for heating the human, not the house this fall and winter.
USB gloves, heated insoles and USB hand warmers are all budget options with an initial cost of less than £10.