FREE Sessions on Smart Meters and Energy Saving with CAB

Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering free sessions for the over 65s on Smart Meters.

They will go to your local group and talk about the pros and cons of using a smart meter.

They will also give you guidance on how they can save you money and dispel any myths.

Contact Susan on 01422 351111 or via e-mail at

NHP Energy Levels – How to save energy in Autumn

As summer draws to a close, the evenings grow darker and there will be a cold chill in the air. Now is a good time to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible.

Just a couple of things you could do are:

  • Check your windows and external doors for draughts – USwitch advises you could save up to £50 or 10% on your annual heating bill by draught proofing alone.
  • Move furniture away from radiators to allow heat to circulate and make sure radiators are not covered by long, heavy curtains.

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NHP Energy Levels – Disposable BBQ’s and CO Awareness

CO Awareness – Disposable Barbecues
With some warmer weather on the horizon you may be planning on a family camping trip. Will you be using a disposable barbecue?.. STAY SAFE!

Although instant barbecue’s are an efficient time saving way to cook whilst camping they also carry a risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide can kill within just three minutes and there have been a number of tragic deaths in recent years throughout the country.

Disposable barbecues give off carbon monoxide when being used and continue to do so until they are completely cold. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas that, even in relatively small quantities, prevents blood from providing essential oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs.

Exposure to carbon monoxide in enclosed spaces often causes drowsiness and the victims fall asleep unaware of the poison gas that is killing them.

Although most people are aware, charcoal barbecues are sometimes taken into tents, caravans, vehicles and buildings to be used for cooking, keeping warm or simply to keep camp sites looking tidy which is extremely dangerous.

Campers are reminded never to light, use or leave smouldering barbecues inside tents, awnings or other enclosed spaces because of the risks and when you have finished with the barbecue, dispose of it carefully and ensure the ashes are fully extinguished to prevent a fire risk.

Symptoms of COpoisoning include:

  • headaches
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • chest pains
  • nausea
  • vomiting

At high levels, CO poisoning can cause:

  • sudden collapse
  • loss of consciousness
  • death

Anyone who suspects they are suffering from CO poisoning should go outside into the fresh air and seek medical help from a qualified healthcare professional, and call NHS on 111.

Find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning or more about barbecue safety here.

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NHP Energy Levels Weekly Message – Small Steps Lead to Big Savings

Saving energy conserves resources and saves you money. Do your part to make energy conservation a habit; it’s a move with positive implications for both the environment and your wallet.

Stereos, DVD players, televisions, kitchen appliances, and any other plugged-in appliances draw a small amount of power even when turned off.

Large LCD and plasma televisions consume up to 400 watts of energy when in use and about four watts when not in use… Make it a habit to unplug any electronic appliances from the wall socket until you really need to use them

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NHP Energy Levels! – Money Saving Tip!

MONEY SAVING TIP! Replace old lightbulbs
Did you know that removing old light bulbs and replacing them with energy efficient alternatives can save you over £100 a year.

When deciding on changing your lights it is easy to swap an old incandescent bayonet or screw-fitting bulb with a modern CFL light that fits into the existing socket. However it may be worth consulting a qualified electrician if you are unsure what to do when looking to change halogen spotlights.

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NHP Energy Levels Weekly Message – Don’t skip breakfast!

ENERGY BOOSTING TIP! Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast gives you the energy you need to face the day. Despite this, up to one-third of us regularly skip breakfast, according to the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

Go for healthier options, such as porridge with fruit, vegetable omelette, or wholemeal toast with a scraping of low-fat spread or jam. Here are five healthy breakfasts,

If you can’t face eating as soon as you get up, take a high-fibre snack to eat on the run, rather than snacking on high-sugar or high-fat foods.