Top tips for cutting the cost of your energy bills

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

  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
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Wool Dryer Balls

Our 100% natural wool dryer balls are the eco friendly way to reduce your tumble dryer drying time and a natural eco alternative to dryer sheets or fabric softener. They will save you energy and money!

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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.

 

“Wool

Wool Dryer Balls

Our 100% natural wool dryer balls are the eco friendly way to reduce your tumble dryer drying time and a natural eco alternative to dryer sheets or fabric softener. They will save you energy and money!

From £19.00 Shop now

 

Author: Emily AttwoodPublished: 9 September 2022Last modified: 31 May 2024





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Bedding size guide

Duvet sizes

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 (36 x 75")
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

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.

Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Our Hungarian goose down duvet is naturally breathable with cloud-like comfort. Hand-made in Hungary, filled with the finest, ethically sourced goose down. Free delivery & returns; 60 night trial.

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Duvet tog ratings

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 weights

Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

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

 

Hungarian Goose Down Pillows

Hungarian Goose Down Pillows

Our luxury Hungarian goose down and feather pillow is wonderfully comfortable and supportive, as well as breathable and anti-allergy. Free next day delivery & returns.

From £95.00 Shop now

 

Pillow sizes

Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm

 

Bed linen sizes

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

 

White Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Egyptian cotton bedding that’s luxuriously light, breathable and durable; with a smooth, silky-soft feel and soothing drape. Like sleeping in a boutique hotel every night! Free Delivery & returns.

From £40.00 Shop now

 

Topper & mattress protector sizes

Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size topper or protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

Topper / protector size Mattress size
Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 

 

Hungarian Feather and Down Toppers

Hungarian Feather and Down Toppers

Enhance your sleep with our luxurious goose feather and down mattress toppers. Free next day delivery & returns.

From £195.00 Shop now

 

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