I’ve invented a genius way to make your bed hot & keep you toasty all night long – & it costs 2p | The Sun
A SAVVY man has revealed how to stay warm all night long thanks to a cheap aluminium method that costs just pennies.
Despite the temperatures beginning to drop, many cash-strapped households in the UK are putting off switching their heating on to slash the ever-rising bills.
The Sun recently revealed that if you opt to keep the central heating on all night for eight hours, you're likely to receive a hefty £13.44 bill.
Multiply that by seven and that works out to be almost an eye-watering £100 a week – which by the end of the month will be quite the shock to your wallet.
Many have taken to social media to share their favourite ways to keep warm this autumn and winter season – and now one savvy man, known as Barney on TikTok, has joined them with a genius idea.
According to the whizz, there's a way to make your hot water bottle last for ages – and your bed will stay toasty too.
The simple secret behind it is a common household ingredient found in your kitchen – some aluminium foil – and he insisted that it will make the bottle more efficient by up to four times.
In his video, he scrunched up a bit of the foil into six small balls and chucked them inside the hot water bottle – this is to be done before filling it up with boiling water, he added.
''Cap it, put it on your bed and you will be hot all night.
''My neighbour tried this recently – he put it on his bed on Friday,went away on the weekend, came back on a Monday morning […] and noticed that his bedroom was very hot.
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''He placed his hand on the bed – and his bed was still roasting.''
According to clever Redditors, there's a reason this trick works like a charm – and it's all to do with the surface of the cupboard staple.
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But instead of chucking it inside the water bottle, others have advised to try out another method, with one explaining: ''Metal foil reflects thermal radiation, so to make the heat last longer you can tape a piece of foil on the opposite side of the bottle to the one in contact with your body.''
The whizz went on: ''Place some fabric insulation between the bottle and the foil, and some on the outside to prevent conduction.
''If you are using a hot water bottle cover, you can put the foil inside the cover with some fabric between the bottle and the foil.
''Have the reflective side of the foil facing inwards towards you.
''This will redirect infra-red back through the bottle, keeping it warmer for longer. Common aluminium foil from food packaging works for this.''
Kitchen foil can be snapped up at most supermarkets, including Tesco where a 10m roll retails for £1.45.
Meanwhile, rival Sainsbury's offer the same product for an identical price and Poundland sell an 8m roll for a quid.
Since being shared on the platform, Barney's clip has racked up a whopping 10k likes, with many racing to thank him.
One said: ''I’m going to do this thanks.''
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Someone else chimed in: ''il try this to see if it works.''
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