As the weather cools, staying warm is a must.
The biggest problem that comes with heating your home is the cost.
According to an Energy Australia blog, an electric blanket is the cheapest way to keep warm at night.
“If you’re reluctant to run up your power bill with a heater, you can still escape the chill simply by using an electric blanket,” the blog says.
“On average, they cost about four cents an hour, while some space heaters can cost much more.”
What to look for when buying an electric blanket
“Make sure the blanket has an overheat protection sensor to switch it off if it gets too hot, plus a control with raised markings for handling in the dark,” says Energy Australia. “Don’t forget to check the energy rating and select one with a high energy efficiency rating.
Are electric blankets safe?
Electric blankets are safe if looked after according to the manufacturer instructions. “Replace your blanket if it has any of the following: bent wiring, scorch marks, frayed fabric, exposed elements, dampness, worn patches, damaged cords or loose connections,” says the Energy Australia blog.
Additionally, it is recommended that electric blankets only be used to heat the bed before turning it off and getting in. Make sure you replace the blanket every ten years.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.