Shoppers rush to purchase warm household items on sale at over 50% off

BUYERS have rushed to purchase a household item that heats the home and is on sale at over 50% off.

Dunelm is selling a £179 electric range for £47.

Dunelm sells household goods and often has special offers


Dunelm sells household goods and often has special offersCredit: Alamy
The buyer posted her bargain find on Facebook


The buyer posted her bargain find on Facebook

And one lucky buyer posted the find on the Extreme Couponing & Bargains Facebook group.

She said: “Great bargain from Dunelm today!

“Even better as my son works for them and got an additional 15% off, but still a great bargain without that!”

“Just put it in my living room and it looks amazing. I don’t intend to use it for heating so for the price I can use it for the flame only, this was from the Stoke on Trent shop and they had it in either graphite or black.”

Other customers raved about the item in the comments.

One said: “I bet they won’t have these in Hull or Scunthorpe.

“I’m moving into my new house, so I’d love one like that.”

While another wrote, “Even with the lights on the room feels warmer.”

Of course, look for the best deal and keep in mind how much it will cost to operate (see below for more information).

For example, at the time of writing, Aldi was selling a similar electric heater for just £39.99, compared to £49.99.

And remember, it’s only a bargain if you were planning to buy it (or something similar) anyway.

You should also consider the shipping cost, although we couldn’t see the item online at the time of writing.

You may need to check with your local Dunelm to see if they sell them in store.

You can find your nearest one by searching “Dunelm Store Locator” on Google and entering your location.

How much does an electric heater cost?

According to Uswitch, the devices use 100 watts of energy to heat a double bed – that’s 3.4p an hour.

Over five hours that’s 17p, which is significantly cheaper than the Kirkton cooker.

In addition, an electric stove only heats one room and not the whole house. So it might be cheaper to run the central heating on a low level.

However, if you want a cheaper alternative, a wood stove could be a cheaper solution.

Or you can make yourself comfortable under an electric blanket.

We also showed how a thermostat can save you on bills.

Risks to consider

While electric heaters may cost you less, you still need to consider risks when using them.

Since the hot rods of electric heaters are exposed, they could easily start a fire if they come in contact with household items.

Here are some points to consider first if you have purchased and intend to use an electric heater:

  • It should be on a flat surface – you don’t want it to be knocked over or dropped
  • Keep it away from flammable objects such as paper, furniture or curtains
  • Never use it to dry your clothes
  • Do not leave it unattended for a long time, especially when you are sleeping
  • You should never power it from an extension cord – they can overheat and start a fire quickly
  • Always inspect your heater for damage and wear – do not use if not in good condition
  • Make sure you buy from manufacturers or retailers you know and trust – used heaters can be defective
  • Check that your device is registered and has not been recalled
  • Have someone check your smoke alarm or make sure it’s working – spotting anything that goes wrong in the home is essential

Other ways to reduce your energy bills

There are ways to lower your energy bills without resorting to unsafe practices.

This includes a few simple tips to remember, like closing your curtains in the evening.

So when temperatures are naturally dropping, pull them out to retain heat and then open them up in the morning when the sun comes out.

You can also buy draft excluders, which can be cheap – we spotted them on Amazon for £7.99 – but you should always look around for better deals.

And always think about how much money you spend on household appliances – the kettle is one of the most expensive after the shower, heating and convection oven.

You can read our guides on how much they cost and how to keep prices low – like this one.

In addition, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that between 9% and 16% of household electricity consumption is consumed by appliances in standby mode.

On a £500 bill, this can add up to £80. We’ve rounded up the worst devices you can leave on standby.

And remember that installing a smart meter is free and is usually provided by your utility company.

They record your energy consumption in real time so you can keep an eye on your consumption.

There are also a handful of new living expenses payments to help with upcoming bills – including the Warm Home Discount and the one-off £900 payment.

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You can read more about these payments in our summary here.

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Andrew Schnitker

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