Electric blankets

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13th October 2023: Our electric blankets scheme is there to support customers most in need, particularly for people with really specific vulnerabilities and medical needs. To make sure the blankets are getting into the right hands, we’ll be targeting those customers and proactively offering one to them. Customers who apply for our OctoAssist will be assessed and offered the support that’ll be most appropriate for them.

To start the process, create a Paylink budget to see what support is available, and to see if you qualify for financial assistance.

If you are struggling with your bills, please do contact us, as there are other ways we can help.

If you can, do think about buying an electric blanket yourself: they tend to cost around £60 and our research shows the typical home could save £300 by using an electric blanket to keep warm rather than always heating the whole house.

How can an electric blanket help with my energy bills?

One of our boffins realised that some customers were paying to heat their entire homes, even if they lived alone. He did some calculations and found out that where heating a whole home costs around £4 a day, an energy-efficient electric blanket can heat a person for just 2-4p an hour. This means an electric blanket is a vastly more cost-effective way to stay warm: particularly for people with mobility issues, for example, and those who spend a lot of time in one spot. Or those with medical issues that mean they feel the cold more, or are more prone to illness.

Modern electric blankets, used according to their instructions, are safe and energy efficient. Last Winter, we used our purchasing power to buy 7,000, and offered them for free to customers we identified would benefit most when they filled in our financial assistance tool.

We’ve been really trying to target people who need a blanket most: so we haven’t offered one to every customer, and we've tried to keep it to one per home so that we can support as many people as possible.

We ran some analysis on customers who got an electric blanket and found that they saved up to 10-20% on their bills on average in the Winter months after getting their blanket. Over a year, that’s a massive £300 saving.

If you can afford it, please consider buying one yourself.

We know everyone's worried about bills right now, but some people are struggling much more than others. We only have 10,000 blankets to give away, and need to prioritise customers who'll benefit most: the elderly, and those with mobility issues or other medical conditions that mean they're more impacted by the cold.

These blankets start at around £40 and can save you £300 or more, so they're really worth the investment. If you can consider buying one yourself, please do – there might be someone else out there who truly can't afford to buy one.

How does it work?

We are offering electric blankets to the most vulnerable homes, it is one electric blanket per household, this is so we can help as many people as possible.

A human will have a look at the health of your account and information you give us during the application process to inform a decision. You'll hear from us in about a week.

How should I use my electric blanket to keep warm?

Electric blankets cost around 2-4p/hr to run at their maximum setting so are a cost effective way to keep yourself warm.

Tips to get the most out of your electric blanket

  • Use this as a throw over your body to keep you warm, rather than as a mattress topper.
  • Heat the blanket up at the highest setting for a few minutes and then reduce the setting down to a medium setting for longer use.
  • Do not fold the blanket as this may impair the heating functionality.
  • The blanket works differently to a heated mattress topper.
  • The heat may appear 'patchy' to the touch but the blanket works by creating a halo of heat around you and is working effectively.
  • Position the connector of the blanket at your feet and keep it unobstructed to avoid overheating.
  • Make sure children are not left unobserved with the blanket.

Safety information

Please be aware of Fire Brigade guidance around the safe use of blankets, and that to prevent mould, it's recommended to keep homes above 15 degrees celsius.

These should not be used by children under 5 years old.

Please read the full safety guidance from the London Fire Brigade.

Published on 10th October 2022 by:

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Rebecca Dibb-Simkin

Director of Product and Marketing

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