Easter at home

This year for Easter it looks like many of us will be spending it at home with our loved ones, for many parents trying to keep their children entertained at the best of times can be a difficult task so we’ve put together some easy tips to keep your little ones busy throughout the whole of Easter.

Send Easter cards

Not seeing family members during this time can be difficult but especially for children, why not get them to make Easter cards for family and friends. Writing the cards gives them the perfect opportunity to practice their handwriting as well as letting them get creative with the designs.

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Easter egg hunt in the garden

Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean that the children have to miss out on the annual Easter egg hunt instead have a mini egg hunt in your garden. Before going out in the sunshine get the craft supplies out and get your children to make their own Easter egg baskets this way you are entertaining them that little bit longer before the egg hunt and making sure those all important eggs are not eaten right away.

Hard boiled eggs

Decorating hard boiled eggs is a cheap yet simple way to keep your children busy for a few hours. Once all the eggs are decorated you could hold a mini competition between your children and let the winning pick a film of their choice for the whole family to watch later that evening. Before you boil the eggs make sure to boil the water in the kettle first, this will save you money on your energy bills. Check out our energy saving tips for more helpful tips and tricks: https://www.nabuhenergy.co.uk/quick-energy-saving-tips/

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We want to wish you all a very happy Easter!

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.

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

Halloween Party Tips – Lights

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!