- Warmth: 100% wool raises body temperature the fastest of any other material.
- Durability: Wool is a remarkably durable material. A single wool fiber can be bent back on itself more than 20,000 times, giving a wool blanket exceptional resistance to tearing. The outer skin of wool also acts as a film, reducing wear from abrasion. This means blankets can be used by their recipients for many years to come.
- Resistance to Flame: Wool naturally contains moisture in every fabric, so it is resistant to flame. The fabric is self-extinguishing, and will not support combustion, which is why wool blankets are recommended for putting out small fires, always a risk in the winter months.
- Absorbency: Wool can absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. The ability of wool to absorb moisture makes it comfortable in both warm and cold conditions. By absorbing perspiration, wool allows the body to generate heat faster than it is lost to the atmosphere, important for staying warm in the winter.
Wool facts from the American Sheep Industry Association
- The United States Department of Energy states that a household can save approximately 10% of their heating cost per year simply by lowering the Thermostat 7 to 10 degrees in the evening or when you are away from your home.
- Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes (Source: energy.gov)
- There are many digital thermostats available on the market today with features that allow for temperature setbacks to be programmed to automatically occur according to your schedule on a daily and weekly basis. This makes it easier to save energy. (Source: energy.gov)
- The Alliance to Save Energy (ase.org) estimates that by sealing air leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and ensuring a house is properly insulated, a family can save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills while also increasing home comfort.
Using a power strip to turn off devices and lights that are not in use to cut standby power can save an average household $100 a year on their energy bill. (Source: ase.org)