My furnace is just a touch under the Energy Star rating, is less than 5 years old, and works well so we’re keeping it. However, I am able to make it run more efficiently by cleaning the reusable filter on the first day of the month (so I remember to do it) and by installing a programmable thermostat which sets the furnace to 62 degrees (F) when we sleep. Since I can’t sleep when I’m cold, I like to pile blankets on the bed during the winter. Make that a lot of blankets on the bed during the winter. Because I hate being cold. Hate. It.
Sadly, I can’t cut down on bed blanket bulk with a warm and cuddly down comforter. Husband is allergic to down (drat!) I had to find an alterative. I was surprised to find it in a microfiber blanket. Oh excuse, me a Classic Plush Blanket by Select Comfort, you know the Sleep Number mattress people?
I have to say I was intrigued because while I tried (and subsequently loved) cleaning with microfiber cloths I wondered what the heck makes a microfiber blanket any more special than a regular cotton blanket? Of course I realized right off the bat that a microfiber blanket is made with synthetic materials, so it isn’t a green product; however this was in its favor for us because of Husband’s allergy. As always, your mileage may vary.
I took the cotton quilt off of our bed and replaced it the Classic Plush Blanket. Well I must say that this blanket is aptly named
because it is soft and plushy and very, very warm which is surprised both husband and me because Classic Plush Blanket is quite thin. And warm. Did I mention the warm part? Much warmer than the cotton quilt the Classic Plush Blanket replaced (sorry Grandma.) So while the microfiber blanket itself isn’t a green product, it does allow us to do green things – keep our thermostat low during bedtime, use less energy, and not freeze to death. Yay microfiber blankets!
Win a Classic Plush Blanket! *Closed*
Select Comfort offered to sponsor a giveaway. One Condo Blues reader will win one Classic Plush Blanket in the size and color of your choice. Here’s how to enter.
Go to the Sleep Number by Select Comfort Web site take a look around, and leave a comment on Condo Blues telling me which color and size of Classic Plush Blanket you’d like to win along with your email address so I can contact you if you win.
You can earn extra chances to win by doing any of the following after you’ve made your initial comment on my blog:
1. Blog about my contest with a link back to Condo Blues. Please leave the URL of your blog post so I can verify it.
2. Subscribe to Condo Blues by Email.
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4. Follow Condo Blues on Twitter AND tweet about the contest. Please leave your username and the URL of your tweet in your comment so I can verify it.
5. Put my Condo Blues button on the sidebar of your blog.
You must leave a separate comment for each method you used to enter the contest. If you choose to use every method of entry, you have up to six chances to win! Remember folks the holidays are coming and a Classic Plush Blanket would make a great gift for yourself or for someone you love.
I will use a random generator to select the winner. The Classic Plush Blanket Giveaway will run from November 22, 2009 – December 6, 2009 12 midnight EST. Good Luck!
Update Monday, November 23, 2009 6:14 PM: Please leave your email address in your contest entry! I can't contact you if you win unless I have your email address. Thank you, Lisa.
Legal mumbo jumbo: This contest is open to US residents only. Full disclosure: I received a free Classic Plush Blanket from Select Comfort as a sample because I can’t tell you what the blanket is like without trying it out now can I? Select Comfort didn’t pay me to say nice things about their blanket or to run this giveaway. All opinions are my own and long time readers know I can be very opinionated. I will not share your email address with any third parties, with the exception of Comfort Select because I hate email spam probably more than you do. Seriously. Even fuller disclosure: My dog Blitzkrieg sleeps in my bedroom and he snores – LOUDLY.
12/15/09 UPDATE: Congratulations go to Cheryl, the winner of the giveaway!
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