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File this one under 'Life Imitates The Onion', if you like, but news is out that The Holiday Inn will next week be offering guests the option of 'human bed warmers' to keep them cozy at night at 3 of its UK locations. All guests have to do is request the service and a willing staff member will dress in an all-in-one fleece sleeper suit before slipping between the sheets. But where's the green angle?News of the human-bed warmer service comes as The Holiday Inn marks the launch of 3,200 new Holiday Inns worldwide, and I can't help suspect that this has more to do with publicity than it does a viable ongoing service for customers.
There is of course some value in the idea of using body warmth to heat beds, rather than energy-sucking electric blankets or hot water bottles. And while some will claim that electric blankets can be a great way to reduce nighttime heating costs, I've always thought that a warm body under the sheets is the best form of zoned heating.
Let's not forget that human bed warming was also popular at the Copenhagen climate summit, but this time The Holiday Inn claims that all warmers will leave the bed before the customer turns in for the night.