Winter Heaters

Affordable Electric Heaters

It’s November, the leaves are falling, the days are shorter, the nights are getting colder.  It’s time when a lot of people start thinking about heating and what are the best ways to keep you warm at night.  Other than our usual heating methods, many people turn to mobile heating methods to give them the extra blast of heat that is so often required when you first come in from the cold outside.  These often come in the shape of electric heaters.

It’s a well-known fact that electric heating is more expensive that gas.  In the UK, the cost of electricity is usually around 10-15p/kWh and the cost of gas is approximately 3.5-p/kWh. Gas is known to be less efficient that electric, however these statistics would make gas around 3 times cheaper. That being said, there are still plenty of homes across the UK with no access to gas, and those who do often find that their central heating just can’t provide enough warmth for the chillier times.

And that is when we usually get started checking the internet for an electric heaters and DIY home insulating techniques.

Below are just a few electric heating solutions to show you how much it costs to get the quick blast of heat that you’re craving!

Fan Heaters

The ‘go-to’ heater – This heater is the kind that you usually find people are quick to pull out to warm their toes.  Found everywhere from the office to the home, these heaters are cheap to buy and probably the least efficient on the list.  They are great to warm the air quickly, but if you have a draught or as soon as you turn it off, the warm air will be gone, and you will soon be back to where you started.  What you might feel you gain in savings and immediate heat, you will only lose in efficiency.

If you’re thinking of getting this type of heater, or maybe you already do and are getting ready to bring it out.  Our advice: Make sure all windows and doors are closed and that all drafts are blocked.  This way, you’ll be able to hold the heat in the room a little longer when you turn it off and you’ll in turn, make some savings.


  • Heater Price: Approx. £15+
  • Running Cost: Around 28p p/hr for a 2kw heater 

Oil-filled heaters

Oil filled radiators work when electricity passes through it and the oil inside expands and gives off heat through the surface of the radiator.  Just like traditional radiators, the oil filled radiator will heat the room through the surface temperature.

Oil filled radiators will heat the room slowly and evenly in comparison to the quick blast of heat you may receive from the fan heaters.

To benefit from the heating, it is important, as with the fan heaters, that all draughts are blocked, and all windows and doors are kept closed.  This will allow you to reap the biggest benefits from the oil filled heaters.



  • Heater Price: £15+
  • Running Cost: Around 21p p/hr for a 1.5kw heater

Halogen heaters

Halogen heaters are known for the orange glow, mostly found in outside areas in pubs or restaurants.

The two previous heaters work by using convection heating whereas a halogen heater uses radiant heat.  This means that they don’t just heat the air, they heat everything – the walls, chairs etc – the equivalent of being warmed by the sun!

You won’t need to worry about any draughts, open windows or doors because halogen heaters don’t focus on just warming the air.  This is what makes them great for outside areas.  They use infrared rays in a focused direction, meaning that you don’t need to worry about heating the full room, this means that a lower wattage of heater is usually needed, ultimately saving you money.


  • Heater price: £30 upwards
  • Running Cost: Around 17p p/hr for a 1.2kw heater


So, what are your thoughts?  Are you going to be using any of these heaters over the winter period?

Talk to us


We know you want answers to your questions.  Good job we love to talk and want to know that your queries are answered.

Below is a short list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get.  You can find more available on the FAQ page on our website

Will I lose all my credit when I switch?

Unfortunately, yes, any current credit you have will be wiped from the meter.  Your previous supplier will have taken a ‘snapshot’ of your meter just before it came over to us and they will know exactly how much needs to be reimbursed to you.  Dependant on who your supplier is will affect how you receive this money back and how long it may take.  We also try to advise everyone that wishes to transfer over to us that they top up small amounts so that they are not out of pocket and without energy at the time of their switch.

How do I get credit back if it’s lost during my switch to Nabuh?

As mentioned above, you will have to contact your previous supplier, explain that you have recently switched over to us and that the credit you did have on there has been wiped.  Ask them to then reimburse you as soon as possible.

 There is a debt on my meter, how do I remove it?

If you have run a debt onto the account, you will need to top up not only enough to pay the debt but also enough to cover your weekly/monthly usage.  For example, if the debt you have on the meter is £30 and you normally top up £10 a week.  You would have to top up £40 in this instance, enough to cover the debt and also your standard credit for the week.

Debt is usually run up due to unpaid standing charges.  Every Energy Company has them and they are there regardless of whether you use any gas or electricity.  Usually, this charge can be anything around 25p per day.  If you have not credited your meter for a while, this standing charge won’t have been paid and can understandably, build up.

If the debt on the meter is from the previous tenant, you will need to call our Customer Service team on 03300 414 902 so that they can arrange for the debt to be taken off.  In order for the debt to be removed, you will need to provide evidence of the date you moved into the property (Tenancy agreement etc) and also evidence of the outstanding debt on the meter (This is usually a photo of the meter).

I have switched over to Nabuh but haven’t received my key and/or card yet, how do I top up?

 We advise you to continue topping up using your current key and/or card until you receive your Nabuh key and/or card.  Once you receive your key and/or card from Nabuh, it is important that you ensure all credit is run down on the meter (due to the above).  Once the meter is at Zero credit, enter your Nabuh card into the meter to register it and then top up at your local pay zone or online and continue as you did before.

I have lost my card and/or key.  What do I do?

Call our Customer Service team on 03300 414 902 to request a replacement and we will get you a copy ASAP.

Our processing times usually take 3-5 working days to which our Gas cards are sent out via 1st class post to your registered home address on the day of request.  Electric keys are sent via 1st class post to your registered home address or you can pick up a new key from one of our local stockists within an hour of the request, simply ask your Customer Service Representative where your local stockist is in your area.  We understand that having your cards/keys processed and delivered to you can be frustrating, it’s to ensure that they are in full working order and linked to your account!  There are plenty of ways for you to top up whilst you wait for your new cards.  You can top up via our App which is available on both iOS and Android, simply search for ‘Nabuh Energy’ in the app stores.  You are also able to top up on our website via You can top up quickly via our dedicated top up line on 03300 082 138 or speak with one of customer service advisors on 0330 0414 902

There are many ways to talk to us.  Our customer service team is available via telephone on 0330 0414 902.  Our Live chat lines are available through our contact us page Monday-Sunday 10.00am-7pm and we also accept messages via email ( and via social media.  Please be aware that if your query is important, we do recommend that you contact us via telephone or live chat.

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Meter Readings

We ask for Meter readings to ensure that you are paying the correct amount for the energy you use.  We will ask for readings at various points of the year to ensure you are on a tariff that suits your energy usage needs.

We ask for you to provide us a Meter Reading when you first join us.  This is to ensure that you are paying for what you use rather than us having to estimate your usage – We do it all for your benefit!

If you are paying by Direct Debit, we will adjust the amount to cover what we feel you will use, we do this to ensure that you do not fall into debt with ourselves, providing your Meter Readings will ensure that your Direct Debit payments are relevant to the amount of energy you use, no more, no less

We recommend you provide us with a Meter Reading at least every couple of months, however, you are in total control and if you wish to provide one every month, then you can do that too!  Just don’t leave it too long, or you may find that your usage will be estimated, and you may be paying too much.  We will always try and get in touch with you when it is time to send in a Meter Reading though – which is why it is also very important to ensure that we have the correct contact information for you!

Of course, Smart Meters are a fantastic bit of kit that automatically send your Meter Readings to use and will stop us estimating your usage, However, not everything is always 100%, so we usually like to check.  It’s always important to know that when you switch to us, we may not be able to communicate with your Smart Meter, so you still may have to send your Meter Readings to us manually.  This is because some of the earlier Smart Meters are set to work only with the company that supplied them.  Smart Meters are also not able to be installed in all houses, sometimes, dependant on where the meters are in the house, it becomes difficult to have Smart Meters installed.

Never fear! We do know that some of this can be overwhelming.  We do have answers to your questions and would love to hear from you

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Chat to Melissa and the rest of our Customer Service Team to discuss any queries you may have.  Our phone lines can become busy during peak times and after holidays and our Facebook messages are monitored daily, we are able to quickly resolve your queries via our website chat.

Simply visit and start a chat and one of our dedicated customer service team will answer any queries you may have.  We love to talk, why not start your first chat today!



Appliance price breakdown

Want to save money on your energy bills?


Ever wondered how much it costs to run your daily appliances?


Are you someone who switches on appliances in your home daily without a thought about how much they cost to run?  Want to know what you are spending and on what?  Check out our handy list below to find out exactly what you are spending your money on!


Light bulbs: around 0.5p an hour

Energy efficient light bulbs use around one unit of electricity and gives off 40 hours worth of light.  For roughly 0.5p an hour worth of energy, there's never been a better excuse to switch to energy efficient light bulbs.

Kettle: around 2.5p to boil a full kettle

With an average kettle holding 1.5 pints and using around one unit of electricity to boil 12 pints of water (or 8 x 1.5 pint-full kettles) - so that's around 2.5p every time you boil a full kettle.

Electric cooker: £2.98 a week

Most electric cookers use on average, 15 units of electricity. That means, cooking a week's worth of meals for a family of four will cost £2.98.  Of course, costs will be heavily dependant on the cooker you have, how often you use it and how energy efficient it is.

Slow cooker: around 2.5p an hour

The average slow cooker uses around one unit an hour of electricity or 20p to power eight hours of cooking - that's roughly 2.5p per hour.

Fridge freezer: around 30p a day

One of the homes priority appliances.  As these items are left on all the time, it is important that you try to use the most energy efficient ones available.  On average, fridge freezers generally use between one and two units of electricity per day.  that's around 20-40p, so on average, 30p

Washing machine: around 50p per one hour wash

A washing machine can take around 2.5 units of electricity on average, that's roughly about 50p to run an hour long wash.

Iron: around 10 or 20p an hour

Your iron probably used around 0.5-1 unit of electricity (around 10-20p) for every hour you use it.  Fun Fact: most irons usually cost around £4.50 a year to run!

PC: around 6-7p an hour

The average PC needs one unit of electricity (roughly 20p) to run for three hours.  A desktop computer costs around £24 a year to run - but laptops are much cheaper at just £4 a year.

TV: around 2p an hour

Don't feel guilty when binge watching your favourite shows with your TV using around 1 unit of electricity for approximately 10 hours of viewing.  With the average family spending about £67 a year powering their TV, DVD player and set top box.

Games console: around 6-7p an hour

On average, games consoles use one unit of electricity to power 3 hours of game play.  The average household spends £7 a year powering their consoles, with some being slightly cheaper than others.  The Wii costs around £6 a year, the Xbox costs £8 and the Playstation costs around £9 a year.


We hope this this has served you some purpose.  Let us know if there are any appliances you would like to know the breakdown for.  Happy savings!