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.

Halloween Party Tips – Lights

pumpkins in the garden

There is something about this holiday that we all have to admit we love, whether that be the dressing up, the scaring younger people or maybe just the amount of sweets you are (technically) allowed to consume without feeling guilty!

When it comes to this time of year, some people really enjoy decorating the house (and for some, the garden).  We know this all looks great for the evening in question, but have you had your practice run? Are you sure that those pumpkins light up automatically and that the skeleton will talk when someone walks by…

Of course, this night is all for a bit of fun, but we can’t help but think about the drain on your electric. (We are the energy company with a heart!).

Here we have a variety of lighting choices you can use that are safe, fun and good for your pockets!

String Lighting

String lighting is available for every budget and every decorating idea.  In fact, there is so much choice of string lighting available, you may have seen people often choose to wrap their house and garden decorations in it!

String lights fit the theme brilliantly and can also be good to your pockets! There are numerous types available, from solar panel versions that often the light throughout the day, battery powered and of course, plug in string lights.  Using string lights is a great idea as these pretty little lights can be used at your disposal from rooftops to inside your pumpkin.

Thinking of having a Halloween party? Well great news, string lights can be used inside too!  Just make sure that you have no loose wire to avoid any trip hazards.  String lights can elevate a centre piece and can make quite a statement in big vases.  Why not try some pumpkin string lights around your windows to really suit the event.

 

Pumpkin
spider spot lights
Spot Lights

Another creepy way to illuminate your home is to make your lighting look like spider’s webs.  This can be done with various wire-made lamp shades or easily by using spot lights.  Spot lights add depth and can create many interesting angles to make your ‘spider’s web’ completely unique.  Use different intensity spot lights with a good energy rating and you can successfully create the scene knowing you are doing so whilst being energy efficient.

Maybe you are planning on having a spider hanging from your walls or a skeleton in a particularly position.  Spot light them! This will add an increasingly eerie feel if your main lights are off, whilst also drawing your visitors attention to your hard work! Sport lights can help to give your Halloween theme tell its own story, giving you more time to be creative with your Halloween scares!

Hanging Lanterns

Why not try to hang various different Halloween themed lanterns around your home?  Different lanterns around the home or garden can create the ultimate Halloween atmosphere. Once again, it is very important that you ensure all wiring is kept covered and avoiding any trip hazards.  Once you have the safety aspects covered, you will be able to create the perfect venue for any Halloween party.  Spooky but in an economical and safe way!

By doing this or hanging fake cobwebs on your light features can also create the perfect atmosphere.

Keeping in mind safety and creativity, you will be able to light up your habitat for Halloween in a spooky, yet safe and economical way.

Being creative with your lighting can turn boring Halloween decoration into the perfect creepy scene, making your Halloween party much more realistic and enjoyable.

 

cobweb lighting

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!

Energy saving tips & how to save money on your bills

Looking to save money on your energy bills?  Not only does switching to Nabuh Energy allow you to cut costs, but we have come up with 10 tips to help you save even further.

Heating the home

1. By turning the thermostat down by even only 1 degree, you will be able to save as much as £60 a year!  Couple this up with wearing warmer clothes indoors, such as socks, slippers and a jumper, you will be able to see the savings mount up as you don’t us blast the heating as much.

2. On a sunny day, let the sun heat your home by opening your curtains and letting the warmth in, similarly, when it gets colder, the curtains being closed will keep the heat in!

Efficient cooking

3. Follow the trend and bulk prep your meals.  By cooking many meals in one oven, you are being efficient with the energy used with the oven.  This also allows you to ensure your fridge and freezer are filled, which in turn uses less energy than it would to cool/freeze empty ones!

4. After cooking, why not leave your oven open in order to heat the room? A way more efficient way to use all that energy than throwing it out with the extractor fan.

Energy saving with your washing

5. Wash your clothes at 30-40 degrees.  A washing machine uses 90% of it’s energy on heating the water.  By lessening the heat, you can keep clothes clean and save money!

6. Air drying your washing rather than using your dryer will save you heaps of cash!  This is an especially effective method during the warmer or windier months.

Save with your appliances

7. Make sure to unplug all of your appliances that you are not using regularly – even chargers (as they still use energy even when they are not charging).  This also means you should keep an eye out for appliances that may be left on standby.  By ensuring they are off at the socket or unplugged) you are ensuring they are off and saving you money!

Efficient home

8. Something work looking into is loft insulation.  Heat rises, and when it does, you want to ensure you are keeping as much as you can in your home.  As much as 25%  of the heat in your home can be disappearing through your loft space!

9. Having solar panels installed on your house could save you up to a third on your electricity bills, many Government schemes have installers that may install for free, something that is worth looking into!

10. If you fall into a particular category, need help with the cost of home improvements or are struggling with your energy bills, there are always opportunities available to you.  Speak with your local Citizens Advice Bureau for signposting and information to local schemes that may be able to help with any issues you may be currently facing.

 

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