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Dear PM, With the ever-ris­ing prices of Eskom elec­tric­ity, keep­ing truly warm in win­ter in the evenings is be­com­ing more and more ex­pen­sive. Gas keeps go­ing up in price. And us­ing a 2-bar elec­tric heater gob­bles up 2 000 watts an hour; a 3-bar uses 3 000 watts. Even an in­verter air con­di­tioner uses at least 1 500 watts per hour. So, how to stay re­ally warm? An­swer: Don’t heat the whole room: Just heat your­self with a sin­gle elec­tric overblan­ket ( not an un­der­blan­ket) that can be pur­chased for as lit­tle as R500. Spread it over your body when you sit in the evenings ( or dur­ing the day if you work from home), put it on ‘High’ set­ting – and you stay toasty warm! And the as­ton­ish­ing thing is it uses just 50 watts! Less than the cost of an old­fash­ioned in­can­des­cent light bulb, and only one-six­ti­eth of the cost of a 3-bar heater!

There sim­ply is no bet­ter way for you to keep warm this cheaply, and thus save mas­sively on your win­ter heat­ing bills. Kind re­gards, DOUG LAU­RIE

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