Electric Blanket Energy Consumption: Saving Money on Heating Bills
Cold winter nights are ideally spent in a warm and cozy bedroom, but heating your whole house just to heat one room may set you back substantially when your power bill arrives. For this reason, electric blankets and heated mattresses are ideal if you are looking to save money as well as reduce your environmental footprint.
Generally speaking, electric blankets can keep you warm throughout the night for a fraction of what it would cost to heat an entire house, or even just a room. All electric blankets consume between 75 and 100 watts if used at their maximum setting, which is significantly lower than any other electrical heating utilities.
Since most people would seldom have their electric blanket at its highest setting, the cost saving is even higher and the energy consumption of your electric blanket, even lower.
With an auto turn-off feature that the electric blankets come equipped with, it also reduces the electricity waste in case you oversleep or forget to turn the blanket off.
With a low voltage use of the electric blankets, the energy you can expect to use throughout the night may come to around 5 cents (depending on the area) a night – a considerably lower than a portable heater or the central heating.
Will it keep you warm?
If you have never owned an electric blanket before, you may be skeptical of whether an electric blanket can keep you as warm as a heater or central heating, especially with such a low voltage, but you need not worry.
Electric blankets can keep you just as warm as a heater or a central heating, because the heat is contained around your body in order to keep you warm, as opposed to heating the entire room.
Certain companies also produce electric heated throws, so the portability of the heated blanket makes an electric blanket an efficient as well as convenient way to keep yourself warm, even on the go.
If you are only looking to heat the bedroom, however, you may also consider opting for an electric mattress pad. In some instances, the electric mattress pad’s energy consumption can be even lower than that of an electric blanket, so make sure you compare the models and the makes of electric heated bedding for the most energy efficient product that is right for you.
All standard, good quality electric blankets do not exceed the voltage of 100 watts, as this is against the UL standards.
Though you may see some manufacturers claiming that their product exceeds this voltage, it most likely does not. This is sometimes implied by the manufacturers so that the blanket appears as if it will get exceptionally hotter than others, however in terms of energy consumption, it is still very economical.
If you are unsure about how much energy your electric blanket is consuming, you can always double check it with the manufacturer directly or check it at home through your electricity meter.
How much money can the electric blanket save you?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the electric blanket consumes less energy per year than a microwave, so you may see your electric blanket pay for itself within a few weeks. Each region’s consumption will vary, so check with your energy provider for exact numbers.
Wherever you are, however, you can be sure that your electric blanket will cost significantly less than many of the electric utilities you use every day, and significantly less than your central heating or a portable heater.
In addition to saving you on your bills, using an electric blanket is a greener way to heat up this winter. We all have to keep warm during the cold days and nights and using the electric blanket in place of turning up your thermostat, using the central heating or even a portable heater, will significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
The electric bedding’s very low energy consumption and the wide array of electric heating products allow for customers to keep warm throughout the day without turning up the thermostat.
Overall, with minor differences between the brands, your electric blanket’s energy consumption will be very low, and much lower than using a heater or the central heating in your house. With the choice of different types of electric heated bedding products, you can save on the energy consumption throughout the day as well.