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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Join in the #BigClimateFightback and help us fight for the future of the planet! We need a climate change army to help us plant 50 million trees over the next five years. Get involved by:

🌳 Planting a tree
📣 Speaking up
💚 Donating

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Chuffed with winning Company of the Decade!

Thank you @BusinessGreen - a huge honour. This for all our teammates who’ve helped us on the journey and of course, to our members - who we’re working with everyday to drive progress to zero carbon living!

#BGLAwards #netzero

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The award for Company of the Decade goes to @OVOEnergy Congratulations! #BGLAwards

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Our vision for the future is Sir David Attenborough’s vision for the future. Which is why we’re supplying all members with 100% renewable electricity and tree-planting power. The moment they come on board. 🌍

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We're planting a whopping 900,000 trees over the next year. How big an impact will that have? Too big for your feed! https://bit.ly/33BngMO

We heard from @HendrikusvH last week on how @Action4Conserv is giving young, disadvantaged people a voice in the fight against #climatechange♻️He had some simple, yet powerful advice💪Find out more: https://bit.ly/2X3k4G0

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. @OVOEnergy CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick argues the engineering of net zero is now understood. The big challenge is going to be taking the public with us. #NetZeroFestival

Let the green times roll! From today all of our members will get 100% renewable electricity as standard, plus one tree planted on their behalf each year. 💚 https://bit.ly/2ENRjHw

We believe #TheTimeIsNow for a world that works for everyone. That’s why we’ve joined @theccoalition to call for a healthy, green and fair future http://thetimeisnow.uk/declaration

#BuildBackBetter #Sustainability

We really enjoyed having @MarvinJRees speak at Plan Zero Week. It’s clear city-level action and championing a #greeneconomy are crucial in the fight against the climate crisis 🔥♻️
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Vampire appliances cost Brits an average of £68 per year, making up 6% of their energy bill. We've put together a blog to explain what vampire appliances are and how you can free your home of pesky vampire devices! 🦇⚡
Read our blog here: http://bit.ly/NabuhVampire

Did you know our website has a frequently asked questions section covering a range of topics, from traditional meter queries to questions regarding Smart Meter In-Home Display queries. Check it out at the link below.
http://bit.ly/NabuhFAQ http://bit.ly/NabuhAdvice

At Nabuh energy we’re a family and our home city, Sheffield, is affected by strict Coronavirus restrictions. In these difficult times, we’re doing everything we can to look after all of our colleagues and our customers and to keep everyone safe.

Save more on your energy this winter by having a look at your appliance efficiency! 💡
https://youtu.be/CgcF3Yay7rM

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Avoid this extra cost by unplugging your TV or turning off the plug at the wall!

Did you know not only can you view your balance on our new app 📱 but you can now also view your history and energy usage ⚡💡

You can download the app at: http://bit.ly/TopUpYourMeter

If you don't have your account number you can request it at: http://bit.ly/MyNabuhID

Have you downloaded the new Nabuh Energy App yet? 📱
You can now view your balance #OnTheMove
Head over to your app store now and download Nabuh Energy v.2, you can also find the link to the apps at: http://bit.ly/TopUpYourMeter

Our new Nabuh Energy app has arrived with lots of new, exciting features available.
Click the link below for a tour of our updated app
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Wednesday-Work/Life Week tip!
#WorkLifeWeek
Prioritise your time, be sure to plot some personal time by having set work hours and sticking to them! This is also really important if you're #WFH as it can be easy to get distracted.

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Treat your friend and refer them to Nabuh, you’ll each receive £20.00 free credit when they go live with us.
http://bit.ly/ReferNabuh2

Whether you're working from home or back to work it can be difficult to juggle life and work!
#WorkLifeWeek is designed to get us all talking about our wellbeing at work and a healthy work-life balance. Look out for our #WorkLifeWeek tips this week!

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Today is World Mental Health Day and with the challenges everyone has faced this year it is crucial that you take care of your mental wellbeing. Be sure to check on friends and family and find out how they are doing, a quick call or text message can go a long way.

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The colder months crept up on us all quickly but you don't need to worry about your energy prices this autumn, our Grace tariff is the UK's cheapest fixed prepayment tariff.
Refer your friend to Nabuh to help them save on their energy this autumn! http://bit.ly/ReferNabuh2

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There's no reason to be spooked by your energy prices this autumn! Why not help a friend out and save them money on their energy this autumn by referring them to Nabuh?
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It's important to us to help spread awareness and get involved, find out more information on how you can get involve here:
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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons. We are as committed as ever to providing quality service to the older generation. Take a look how our Priority Services Register can work for you. https://bit.ly/NabuhPSR

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Read our top autumn energy saving tips here.
http://bit.ly/NabuhAutumnEnergySaving

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If you have an Economy 7 meter you probably already know when your off peak hours are, but if you're unsure then don't worry, we have you covered. Check out our blog to find out your off peak hours: http://bit.ly/Eco7OffPeak

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