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!

Saving Energy Working From Home

Many of us will be working from home for the next few weeks, which means more energy usage at home. That's why we've put together a few little tips to help you save money on your bills.

 

  1. Turn the lights off and make the most of natural lighting. The clocks go forward on the 29th March, meaning an extra hour of daylight!
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2. If you're working from a laptop, try unplugging it for a while. If you're on an Economy 7 meter, you can charge your laptop overnight for cheaper rates.

 

3. Fancy a cuppa? Remember to fill the kettle with only the amount of water that you need.

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4. We know a bath sounds tempting if you're working from home, but getting a shower instead could help save energy!

 

5. Refer a friend to Nabuh and both get £20 free credit on us! Our Lizzy tariff is the cheapest fixed PAYG tariff in the UK - so there's no reason not to!

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10 Energy Facts

 

  1. There are more than eight million lightning strikes around the world every day.
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2. On average, 75% of the electricity used to power electronic devices is used while they are on standby.

 

3. Europe and North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.

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4. Only 10% of energy in a lightbulb is used to create light, while ninety percent of a lightbulb's energy creates heat.

 

5. Romans were the first to use geothermal energy to heat their homes, with warm air moving under floors and inside walls.

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6. In 2016, Portugal ran on renewable energy alone for 107 hours, which set a new world record!

 

7. The energy needed to run a single Google search cold power a 60W bulb for 17 seconds.

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8. Naturally, gas is mostly odourless. Sulphur compounds have been added to help spot when there has been a gas leak.

 

9. Around 15 trillion watts of power are used around the world at any one time.

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10. A typical microwave uses more electricity to keep its digital clock on standby than it does heating food.

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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.

Bonfire Info

Bonfire night is the annual celebration of 5th of November to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.  This is usually celebrated with bonfires, a firework display and the slightly smaller sparklers.

As fun as this celebration is, it can be quite dangerous, in fact, over 40,000 house fires occur around this time of year.  Approximately £100 million is spend in the UK on fireworks per year.  Each firework can generate around 5,400 degrees (F) heat which means that if on average, each firework cost £14, then fireworks produce 894,444 kwh electric – enough to power up 190 houses for a year!

Because of this we have compiled a quick safety guide to ensure you keep safe during this time.

 

  1. Fireworks

The most visual and exciting thing about bonfire night.  Fireworks.  It is important that you keep children away from fireworks as they should only be handled by an adult.  All fireworks (and bonfires!) should be lit at least 18m away from any trees, houses, fences, hedges or bushes.  Always keep a bucket of water or sand close, just in the case of emergencies and remember to always put out the embers of anything left over at the end of the night.  Always read instructions on the fireworks and NEVER go back to a firework that you have already lit.

 

  1. Electrical sockets

It is important that you never overload your plugs, especially when you are using products that may use a lot of electricity.  Try and get into the habit of switching off plug sockets before you go to bed or when you are not using them.

 

  1. Electric heaters

It is important to ensure that all electric heaters are kept away from clothes or furniture.  You should make sure you keep them switched off whenever you are not in the house.

 

  1. Candles

We know how much people love candles and making their pumpkin come to life.  However, these novelty lights are a major cause of fires around the home, so you must ENSURE that you blow out candles when you leave the room and never leave them unattended with children or pets just in case they knock them over by mistake.  TIP: Why not try string lights as a safer option.

 

  1. Tumble Driers

Now that Halloween is over, and everyone’s costumes have to be washed and dried ready for another time, the winter coats and warm clothes are being washed regularly and drying options are thin on the ground.  Tumble driers are often more active in the winter months than they are in the summer.  With the increase of use, it’s important that we remember to clean them out more often, this means emptying out the lint trays to make sure the driers don’t overheat and set on fire.