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Preheat The Bed: Electric Blanket Vs. Hot Water Bottle

Preheat The Bed: Electric Blanket Vs. Hot Water Bottle

How do you cut the chill on these cold, cold evenings? According to a Daily Mail article, hot water bottles and electric blankets are regaining a popular place in beds around the world.

I mentioned to a friend that on really cold evenings, we use a hot water bottle to preheat the bed. She replied that she couldn’t get through the winter without her electric blanket. We went back and forth about the merits of each, and both left unconvinced of the other’s claim. I feel hot water bottles are the greenest solution and they get the job done. She claimed that when she used an electric blanket to just preheat the bed, not only did it do a superior job, the electricity used was nominal.

Let’s get out the boxing gloves and have a round at just what would be the warmest and most sustainable solution to defrost toes in bed. Here are my (biased) pros and cons of using hot water bottles vs. electric blankets to warm up a bed:

Electric Blankets: They warm up the whole bed, not just a localized spot.
Hot Water Bottles: A cheap and green warming solution.

Electric Blankets: There is the possibility that an electric blanket could cause burns and they use electricity.
Hot Water Bottles: Their warmth is localized.

Watch this video to see if your electric blanket is safe.

5 DIY Hot Water Bottle Covers

1. Quilted cover
2. Crocheted cover
3. Knitted cover
4. Felt cover
5. Cover made from an old sweater

What’s your method of warmth? Do you snuggle up with a hot water bottle, or do you cut the chill with an electric blanket? Sweet (warm) dreams!

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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10:57AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

7:53AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Flannel sheets work for me. They NOT as cold as cotton ones.

5:41AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

In the winter we use a heated mattress pad. Turn it on about an hour before going to bed, then turn it off.

11:54AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Thank you

2:03AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Sometimes i use a water bottle.
I don't like Electic blankets.
I think they are dangerous.

7:19PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

HMMM// How about having your pet sleep on your bed before you get into it?

3:33AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011


5:54AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:40AM PST on Mar 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:48AM PST on Feb 27, 2011

I've heard it's unsafe for an animal to sleep on top of an electric blanket, because the localized heat of their body can cause the blanket to overheat and/or short-out at that spot, not to mention the effect that claws can have on the wires in the blanket. I'd rather give up an over-all warm bed (electric blanket) for a localized warm spot (where kitty has been sleeping). I use a hot water bottle, too. :-)

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