Top tips for cutting the cost of your energy bills

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Energy prices are on the rise and the cost of running our homes is increasing. Here are some top tips on how to cut the cost of your bills from the scooms team.

Average electricity prices –

  • Last year the average price for electricity was 13p per Kwh.
  • The current average price cap is £0.28 per kWh.
  • This will rise to £0.52 per kWh from (1 October - 31 December 2022). Data from Ofgem

    1. Drying your bedding & towels
    2. Washing your bedding & towels
    3. Invest in warmer bedding
    4. Don't overheat your bedroom
    5. Repurpose old bedding for extra insulation

     

    DRYING YOUR BEDDING & TOWELS

    Our wool dryer balls will reduce your tumble dryer drying time in an eco-friendly way. Wet laundry tends to clump together in the tumble dryer which slows down the drying process and increases the drying time. Wool dryer balls separate laundry as it dries so that hot air can circulate more evenly and efficiently.

    In our wool dryer ball tests using small, medium and large washing loads, drying times were reduced by 11% to 27%. We achieved the most reduced drying times with medium to small-sized loads. Based on a 27% drying time saving and on 5 tumble dry uses per week, you could reduce your electricity bills by up to £164 a year.

    You could also try using your tumble dryer to part dry rather than fully dry your bedding and towels. Then hang your bedding and towels out in your home or garden to finish drying.

     

    Cost per KWh of 13p:

    Typical tumble dryer using 2.50 kWh per hour 2.5
    Average drying time of 1.8 hours  1.8
    Cost per KWh of 13p 13
    Tumble dry uses per week 5
    ANNUAL SAVINGS £41

     

    Cost per KWh of 52p:
    Typical tumble dryer using 2.50 kWh per hour 2.5
    Average drying time of 1.8 hours  1.8
    Cost per KWh of 52p 13
    Tumble dryer uses per week 5
    ANNUAL SAVINGS £164

     

    WASHING YOUR BEDDING & TOWELS

    Washing your bedding and towels at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees will reduce the amount of energy you use. We also recommend decreasing the number of washes you do each week. Cutting one wash cycle per week could save you £5 off your annual energy bill. (Data from Energy Saving Trust)

     

    INVEST IN WARMER BEDDING

    Is your duvet warm enough for the colder weather? The Tog rating scale measures the thermal insulation of a duvet. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. We recommend a 9 tog to 13.5 tog duvet during the autumn and winter or a 4.5 tog for hot sleepers.

    An all season duvet can be the most cost-effective option. This is a set of 2 duvets that comes at a combined reduced price. You get 1 warmer tog & 1 cooler tog that can be used separately or fastened together for extra warmth.  

    Your bed linen can also help to keep you warm. Sateen weave cotton is buttery soft and warmer than a cooler feeling Percale weave cotton. 100% good quality linen bed sheets will keep you cosy in the winter and cool in the summer due to its natural insulation properties.

     

    DON'T OVERHEAT YOUR BEDROOM

    Your body temperature actually needs to slightly decrease before you can fall asleep so turn down the radiator thermostat in your bedroom or switch off your whole home heating an hour before bedtime. Your bedroom temperature should be a maximum 18°C, not any hotter. You can save approximately 4% on your heating bill for every degree that you lower the thermostat, typically £142 a year for an average home.

    Thermostatic radiator valves are a fairly inexpensive investment and means that you can individually control the temperature of each room in your home. You could save around £75 a year. (Data from Energy Saving Trust)

    If you can afford it, a smart thermostat can really help to make your heating more efficient. It can learn how long it takes to heat your home and when you want to reach the warmth you require. You can also control it via your phone so you’re not heating your home when you’re out or returning to a freezing home. 

     

    REPURPOSE OLD BEDDING FOR EXTRA INSULATION

    As duvets can't be recycled, loft insulation is a great way to make sure your old duvet doesn't end up in landfill. It won't, of course, be as insulating as proper loft insulation but it can act as an extra buffer against the cold. Any type of duvets can be used. Lay it out in the loft, avoiding any electric cables. Be aware that an old duvet will not be as fire resistant as proper loft insulation.

    Old pillows can be used to stop chimney drafts. If you have an unused chimney that lets in drafts, try popping an old pillow into the chimney gap. Make sure you remove the pillow on Christmas Eve otherwise Father Christmas might get stuck!

    NOTE: never light a fire or use a gas or electric fire with the pillow still in place.

     






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    Bedding size guide

    DUVET SIZE GUIDE

    These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

    UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
    Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm
    Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm
    King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm
    Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm 

    US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are US King/UK Super king, US Queen/UK King,  US Full/UK Double and US Twin/UK Single.

    EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

    Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need: our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.

     

    DUVET TOG RATING GUIDE

    Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

     Tog rating Season / heat Feel
    2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
    4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
    9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
    All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
    All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
    All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth

     

    DUVET FILL WEIGHT GUIDE

    Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre).

    Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
    Single All seasons - 788gsm
    9 tog - 486gsm 
    4.5 tog - 302gsm 
    2.5 tog - 220gsm
    Double All seasons - 1168gsm
    9 tog - 720gsm
    4.5 tog - 448gsm
    2.5 tog - 320gsm
    King All seasons - 1478gsm
    9 tog - 911gsm
    4.5 tog - 567gsm
    2.5 tog - 400gsm
    Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
    9 tog - 1030gsm
    4.5 tog - 641gsm
    2.5 tog - 480gsm

     

    PILLOW SIZE GUIDE

    Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support. (Width x length.)

    Standard  50 x 75cm
    King 50 x 90cm

     

    BED LINEN SIZE GUIDE

    Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

    Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
    Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
    Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
    King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
    Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm

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