Nick Grogan

Based in Edinburgh, I have 18 years experience in the UK energy industry. Experienced working with both new and existing businesses. How can I help you today? https://www.energybrokers.co.uk or call me on 0131 610 1688

Protect yourselves in Cold Weather this Winter

People working in extreme weather environments may experience damage due to cold stress. This is a blanket term for when the body can’t maintain a healthy temperature due to prolonged exposure to temperatures below about 8°C.

To avoid danger, people rely on behavioural thermoregulation. When facing the bitter cold, they seek shelter and clothing that will protect them. People instinctively know they must avoid prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures.

In a cold environment, the body expends great energy to keep warm. Steady core temperature is essential to survival. Therefore, blood flow (and heat) is shifted from the extremities. Fingers, toes, and even limbs are sacrificed to keep the chest and abdomen warm.

Prolonged exposure to severe cold can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and chilblains. 

Alcohol, fatigue and open wounds increase the risk of hypothermia, which occurs when the body loses more heat than it produces. Early symptoms include shivering, slurred speech, lack of coordination, and cold, pale skin. 

Frostbite occurs when the skin and underlying tissue freeze. Symptoms include cold and tingling or stinging followed by numbness. Trench foot and chilblains are more likely under cold and wet conditions.

While each of these conditions are dangerous, they are only the tip of the iceberg. According to a report by Public Health England, exposure to extremely cold weather increased incidents of heart attack, stroke, flu, respiratory disease, falls, and injury. 

In the last 5 years, there have been 168,000 cold-related deaths in the U.K. Wet conditions and high or cold wind exacerbate the risk.

People who work in cold weather include those in the construction, agricultural, security, and commercial fishing industries. At particular risk are those who work without breaks, older people and those with heart-related health issues.

There are several things employers can advise workers to do to protect themselves. First, they can wear at least three layers of clothing. The outer layer acts as a windbreak. It should be durable but ventilated. 

The middle layer insulates and should also absorb sweat. The inner layer should be well-ventilated to allow moisture to escape so skin remains dry. In general, loose clothing is better than tight garments.

Areas that may require extra protection include the top of the head as well as ears, face, hands and feet. In extreme cases, eye protection may be required. Footwear should be waterproof.

For people working outdoors in the cold, shifts should be scheduled for the warmest part of the day. The time workers spend outdoors should be limited.

Additionally, warm liquids provide relief on a cold day, so providing them to workers can be helpful. To avoid too much caffeine, green and herbal teas, decaffeinated coffee or hot broth might be good options.

Finally, it’s important to pay attention to weather reports, wind chill factors and other data and schedule work accordingly. Be aware of the symptoms listed above and pay special attention to those who are older or have heart issues so that you can help keep them safe.

Bio This is a smaller section of a larger guide about working in cold environments, Many will work in cold temperatures this winter and there are many things that employers and employees can do to protect themselves.

Wondering how to work out your gas consumption?

Gas bills can be suprisingly complicated. Is your meter metric or imperial? What does calorific value mean and why does it keep changing?

We’ve made a new page which explains all about the different types of meters, what all those numbers mean and how they’re calculated.

It also includes a simple calculator which will tell you how much gas you’ve actually used and what it should cost you.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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We’re bringing clean #energy, a better experience and low carbon #tech to millions more customers

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Spending more time in the garden this summer could lead to using more energy, but fear not, we have put together energy saving tips for for you to use when enjoying the sun in your garden this summer! ☀🌷🌺🌻🌼

https://www.nabuhenergy.co.uk/energy-saving-tips-for-your-garden/

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Happy Yorkshire Day!

Nabuh energy was founded and operates in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

We asked some of our staff what their favourite thing about being from Yorkshire is and here are a few of their responses

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If you have an Economy 7 meter you'll know that how you save energy at home is a little different to how you would save energy using a standard meter. We've put together 7 cost cutting tips for our Economy 7 customers, click the link below.

https://www.nabuhenergy.co.uk/economy-7-cost-cutting-tips/

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https://www.nabuhenergy.co.uk/moving-property-and-your-energy-supply/

We understand the importance of affordable energy, our Lizzy tariff is the UK's cheapest fixed prepayment tariff, ensuring the price you pay for energy will not change for the fixed term. Read more about the benefits of our Lizzy tariff in the link below.
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Club Wednesday Gold Partners @NabuhEnergy Lizzy tariff is the cheapest fixed-rate tariff in the UK. Get a quote to see how much you could save! http://bit.ly/NabuhQuote

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Get your referral code at the link below.
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We understand how challenging the last few months have been with many people being furloughed and many working from home, now as we to adjust to the new normal & head back to work we
wanted to give you some tips and tricks for getting back to work.
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Our Lizzy tariff is the cheapest fixed-rate tariff in the UK. Get a quote to see how much you could save!

http://bit.ly/NabuhQuote

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Our Lizzy tariff is the cheapest fixed prepayment tariff in the UK and could save you up to £200.
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Just like biscuits and a brew, each are great but together they're better☕🍪 just like you and your friend.

Refer a friend today and get £20.00 free credit each when they go live with us.

Get your referral code at: http://bit.ly/ReferNabuh2

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Don't forget to refer a friend to Nabuh today to get £20.00 free credit each when they go live.
Simply head over to our website at: http://bit.ly/ReferNabuh2 for your referral code.

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