Autumn Energy Saving Tips

September 22nd marks the first day of Autumn. The change of season means a change in the way we use our energy. Here are some of our favourite Autumn energy-saving tips!

 

When you start to feel cold in your home, rather than popping the heating on, try making use of blankets, jumpers, and socks that you may have stored away over summer!

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If we’re lucky, we may see some sunshine this Autumn. If that is the case, be sure to open your curtains and blinds and let the sun heat up your home.

 

Heat your room so that it is warm without overheating it. For every degree higher that your thermostat is set at, the more money you spend on the heating. Find the temperature that works for you and save yourself money on your energy this winter.

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The benefits of our fixed rate tariffs

Did you know that there are more than four million prepayment customers overpaying on their energy bills, with only four companies in the UK currently offering a fixed prepayment tariff.

A fixed rate tariff means you have a guaranteed rate on your energy prices over a fixed term.  All Nabuh Energy’s tariffs have a fixed term of 12 months, which means the price of your energy will not change for 12 months and you are protected from price rises.

There are many benefits of fixed rate tariffs.  Not only do they allow you to budget the money you spend on your energy more easily, but they also make for more predictable billing so you don’t have to worry about fluctuations in the price of your energy as it stays the same for the whole term.

There has never been a better time to switch your energy provider.  Why spend more when you could be on the UK’s cheapest fixed prepayment tariff. Sign up to the Lizzy tariff with Nabuh and save up to £200 on your energy.

Read more in the This is Money article here.

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