This is how I'm staying warm this winter for less than £15

Hibernation season is in full swing

Dunelm teddy long hot water bottle.
(Image credit: Dunelm)

If there's one downside to living in a Victorian terraced house, it's that once the temperature drops, my home is freezing. But October feels too soon to put the heating on, so what's the solution? Year after year, the only thing that saves me is my trusty long hot water bottle. 

Hot water bottles have been around for over a century, but in recent years we've seen a slightly longer design hit the shops, and dare I say, it's the best money I've ever spent. 

Boiling a kettle uses significantly less energy than heating your home, so a hot water bottle is an energy-saving tip that we can get behind. Plus, there's no better feeling than getting into a pre-heated bed or warmed patch on the sofa. 

Top pick


Teddy Bear Charcoal Long Hot Water Bottle | £14 at Dunelm
Dunelm is where I first spotted a hot water bottle of this length when shopping to move into my flat. Had I known then just how vital it's been for staying warm, I would've bought it instantly.

The long hot water bottle essential

Dunelm teddy long hot water bottle.

(Image credit: Dunelm)

I'm officially in hibernation mode, which includes finding exactly where to buy bedding to ensure my bed is as cosy and inviting as possible. It also forms the perfect setting to pop my hot water bottle in to warm up my spot before I drift off - it's bliss. 

Other than ensuring that my bed is as prepped for winter as possible, the main pull for purchasing a hot water bottle has been the savings I've made on my bills. The only time I really spend in the flat during the week is the evenings, so it feels wasteful to put the heating on until it gets much colder. 

I find that the long hot water bottles take a kettle's worth of boiled water, which according to our calculations on how much it costs to boil a kettle, should set you back 5p. So add that to the cost of the hot water bottle and it's still under £15 to keep cosy all throughout the night. Yes, you heard me, I wake up in the morning and it's still warm.   

With that in mind, here are a few more styles we love that would make the perfect treat to yourself, or as a gift. 

And if you're weighing up a hot water bottle vs electric blanket, then the team verdict is slightly swayed towards hot water bottles. An electric blanket comes out as slightly more expensive to run, but if you're looking for a way to warm an entire bed or control the heat more specifically, then this Silent Night option is Ideal Home's best budget electric blanket

Warm, affordable, and cute. It's impossible to find fault with purchasing a long hot water bottle. So what are you waiting for?

Holly Cockburn
Content Editor

After starting out her journey at Future as a Features Editor on Top Ten Reviews, Holly is now a Content Editor at Ideal Home, writing about the best interior ideas and news. At Top Ten Reviews, she focussed on TikTok viral cleaning hacks as well as how to take care of investment purchases such as lawn mowers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. Prior to this, Holly was apart of the editorial team at Howdens which sparked her interest in interior design, and more specifically, kitchens (Shaker is her favourite!).