Energy cost free activities to do at home with the children

Many members of our team here at Nabuh have young children and we understand the pressure parents around the UK are now feeling financially. Many parents are now working from home or unable to work due to the government guidelines or simply because they now have no childcare.

We have put together some energy cost-free ideas for you and your children to help keeo your energy bills as low as possible.

 

Build a fort inside your living room or children's bedroom and fill it with their favourite books or toys. It's a nicie way to create a calming place within your home if your child is feeling overwhelmed and unsettled with the current life changes.

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If your children received paints or craft items for past birthdays/Christmases, why not get them out and encourage them to get creative? They can use this as a way of expressing their thoughts and feelings around this time.

 

A great thing to do as a family would be to wipe dust off the board games living under your children's beds and swap your evening shows for a board game. This is a great way to get your children interacting and learning.

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Playing in your garden as a household is encouraged. Things like messy play, imaginary games and football can all be done outside. This will not only release some of your children's energy but also will help them to pass the time!

We hope you found some of these tips useful!

Energy saving tips

Our Favourite Energy Saving Tips

 

We all like to save money where we can - especially when it comes to our home. We’ve put together 6 tips that will not only help you save money, but also become more energy efficient over time as well.

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Turn your appliances off standby

Turning your appliances of at the plug could save you £30 a year on average.
There are different types of plug sockets, some with a timer and others can be controlled from your phone. The plug sockets which have a timer give you the control to schedule when the appliance is turned on and off between certain hours of the day.
Some plug sockets come with an app which you are able to download on your phone, having this app not only give you the peace of mind but also help you to control your appliances when your not at home.

Buying energy efficient appliances

When your beloved appliance come to the end of the road why not use this as an opportunity to switch to a new more energy efficient model. Investing in a new dishwasher will save on average £7 a year compared to an older model. Switching to a A+++ fridge freezer will save around £300 on average in energy bills over its lifetime.

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Get smart with your water

When it comes to washing the pots up try using a bowl instead of running the tap this simple swap can save you around £25 a year. When it comes to the bathroom try fitting a shower timer to help you work out when you should be getting out. Even if you only manage to cut a minute off every shower you could save up to £7 per person each year.

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Washing clothes on a lower temperature

Try washing your clothes at 30 degrees rather than at 40 degrees to help reduce your energy usage. If you can try to cut your washing down by one load a week you will also knock £5 off your annual bill.

Get double glazing

Think about investing into double glazing, it may seem scary at first but it helps to insulate your home from the cold while helping you reduce your energy bills. By insulting double glazing into a semi-detached house, you could save £110 a year.

Install a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats learn how long it takes exactly to heat your home once they know this information, they then only heat up the rooms you are using at the correct temperature. Most smart thermostats are controlled from your hone this means that you will never come back to a cold home ever again! By installing a smart thermostat, you could save around £75 a year.

Saving money with your Economy 7 meter this winter

You probably know this already but your Economy 7 meter means your night rate is cheaper than your day rate. This is mainly intended for people with storage heaters because storage heaters draw the electricity in the evening or night time and then release their heat in the day when it is needed – very handy if you do have storage heaters this winter!

It’s Christmas and the children are off school. They’ve sat around for hours using their iPads and phones, you’ve had an office day from home using your laptop and now all your devices need charging. In order to be energy efficient with your Economy 7 meter, charge as many gadgets as possible during the night time!

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If you really must use the tumble dryer then you’re going to want to use it during the cheaper hours, fire brigades advise not to set tumble dryers to come on while you’re getting your beauty sleep so why not set it to come on at around 5 or 6am when you’re due to wake up?

Similarly to your tumble dryer, run your larger appliances overnight. It is safe to put the washing machine and dishwasher on overnight while you’re sleeping, so why not set it on a timer for the cycle to run overnight?

How to save money on energy this winter

Mince pies, rum truffles, pigs in blankets and mulled wine, a list of all our favourite things to spend money on over the Christmas period - but did you see gas and electric on the list?

No, neither did we!

It’s not new to think that this is the season to crank up the heating and put on all the Christmas lights in the household.  To help increase the seasons cheer we’ve compiled a list of useful tips to help you save money on your gas and electric usage this winter!

Turning the heating down by 1 degree is a well-known way to save money on your energy bills – but this is not the only way!

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Our top 6 saving tips!

Picture this: it’s cold outside and you’re in the living room watching a movie, playing games or just spending some quality family time. Why are all the radiators on in every room in the house that you’re not even using? Turning the radiators off in the rooms that are not being used and popping them back on when necessary can save gas and money!

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Feel free to pop the heating on; just don’t waste it. Stop any draughts you may have in the property by filling holes and purchasing a couple of draught excluders (you could even make your own if you’re crafty!) Simply shutting all internal doors in the property and warming the rooms up could save you up to £50 a year!

Bleed your radiators. Sometimes air can be trapped inside your radiators which can stop them working efficiently. When this happens, it can stop the hot water from circulating properly in the radiators – which means you’re losing heat!

If you do not know how to bleed your radiators, ask a friend or family member to help you out. It's Christmas after all, the season of giving, they can’t say no to you…

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Your Christmas lights look lovely – but unfortunately, they burn your electricity. Investing in LED Christmas lights to minimise your energy usage. Look out for the energy star certified lights for the most energy efficient holiday lights.

Finally, why not kill two birds with one stone? Rather than putting the washing in the tumble dryer why not pop the radiators on, warm the house up and pop the washing on the radiators – don’t forget to shut those doors!

Spring clean your boiler

We’re now in the full swing of Spring!

It’s April and we are all preparing ourselves for the warmer weather and when we can start switching out heating off for those warmer nights and (hopefully) nice warm Summer days.  But we all know in the UK, good weather is never promised and just like the Beast from the East last year, we need to stay prepared when it comes to colder weather fronts during Spring.

Boilers, just as they are one of the most important appliances in the home, also have the capability of being one of the most unreliable appliances too! That’s why it’s so important that you stay on top of things to make sure they’re working all year round rather than waiting in the cold when there’s a problem.  While we know that some issues are unavoidable, there are actions that you can take to prepare your boiler.

We’ve put together some handy tips to spring clean your boiler and make sure you’re prepared come rain or shine. Here’s how you can spring-clean your boiler and ensure you’re prepared for any weather.

1. Look at and listen to your boiler

You’ll usually find your boiler tucked away in a cupboard somewhere if you haven’t seen it yet – it’s a good chance to find it and find out all you can about how it operates.  It’s important to check your boiler from time to time to see if there are any marks, scratches or cracks anywhere or if they are making any strange noises i.e. banging.

Boiler with 2 switchesIf you do notice any of the warning signs from above, read through the manual to see if there is any indication on what you should expect from your boiler and to find out if there is anything you can do.  Most boiler manuals usually have a frequently asked questions/troubleshooting page which will give you further information on any hints and tips for the expected common issues.

If you cannot find the advice you need in the manual or you are unsure of what to do, we recommend that you get professional advice and/or contact a heating engineer.

2. Check other parts of the heating system

Your boiler is just one of many parts of your central heating.  When checking your boiler, it’s usually a good idea that you check the rest of the heating system, such as your radiators and surrounding

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pipes as well.  Sometimes, if there has been an adjustment to your boiler, such as water pressure, you may need to bleed your radiators to ensure your heating is up and running smoothly.

An inexpensive way to avoid pipe damage is to insulate them.  Most DIY shops provide the materials you’ll need to ensure that your pipes are protected in the cold weather.  If not, your pipes can run the risk of freezing and expanding in cold weather causing pipes to crack or even burst and flood your home.

3. Get your boiler serviced

Regular servicing should always be done to ensure that your boiler is safe, running efficiently and isn’t going to break down when you need it most.

The spring is always a great time to service your boiler as it’s just after winter, which is usually when you will have had it working its hardest to heat your home.

During an inspection, an engineer will inspect your boiler, identify any issues you may have, carry out a safety check and let you know if you need to take any action.

There are plenty of other methods you can take to ensure that you are boiler secure during the winter months, however, we would always recommend that you contact an engineer or your local boiler repair service if you believe you are having issues. If you do have any queries or would like further advice, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team on 0330 0414 902 or email them at customerservice@nabuhenergy.co.uk