Kate Sutton


As regular readers will know, Dexter and I are currently living in a rented house … a very nice rented house mind you and quite frankly, I’m furious my landlady wants it back in March! (I’m not, she’s lovely.)


This is our first rented house and after spending 23 years in my previous house (hard to believe when you look as young as I do), it’s taken a while to learn about our new home.


For example, we have constant hot water on tap (pardon the pun) … and I have absolutely no idea how that happens! In my old house, you’d flick a switch and you’d have to wait half an hour for it to heat up! Not here … it’s always there when I want it. I’m also imagining that I’m probably paying more for the privilege but have no idea where the control is.


I really should check with the landlady, but it’s just such a novelty I don’t want to spoil it.


However, there are other ways in which we are being more sensible about cutting costs and saving money where we can.


Cutting Costs


Now if your kids are anything like mine, they don’t like wearing many clothes. Trust me, I’m doing well if I can get Dexter to wear pants. But if he comes to me (naked) and asks me to put the heating on (very rare though – he’s definitely hot blooded like his Mum!) … then there’s no real argument. I just suggest he might want to put clothes on first! He goes from one extreme to another – either naked or dressed in a really warm onesie. That’s kids for you.


Also, Dexter and I tend to just stay in our respective bedrooms, particularly when it’s cold. You know what it’s like … once you’re warm in bed, you don’t want to leave, and I seem to have made my bedroom my sanctuary. It has fragranced candles, snacks (normally popcorn or Tobelerone based), drinks (Diet Coke), a TV (and Netflix, obvs) and I treated myself to a gorgeous new grey, faux fur throw that goes over my quilt. This way, the chances are I’m more likely to get warm and stay warm in bed.


It’s become my office.  I bring my laptop up and work from there (when I’m not reporting live from the front line of Costa) … and it’s just lovely.


In fact, once a week when the window cleaner calls for his money, I get annoyed because it means leaving my bedroom. I have been known to throw his £3 down to him from my bedroom window. Gotta preserve the heat where you can right?


Actually, thinking about it, the only thing it’s missing from my ‘office’ is a kettle. I really should invest in a TeasMaid type device! (If any of you have one, please let me know where I can get one from.)


It’s difficult to tell how much money we’ve saved by being a little cautious about the heating because we’ve only been in this house six months – I’m hoping for a big rebate when I move out and we can go to Mauritius for a week! Or Margate for a day. But seriously, I can’t imagine that we won’t get a rebate and I suspect we might treat ourselves with another road trip to Yorkshire to scope out our potential new life. Or have a Chinese takeaway whilst we watch X Factor. Either/or.


If you’re looking for ways to save money when it comes to your energy bills, British Gas is running ‘Big Energy Saving Week’ over at Netmums this week so if you have any questions, head over and they will be able to help. Also, follow @BritishGas on Twitter and follow the #BESW14 for more Big Energy Saving updates.


In the meantime, I need to teach Dexter how to go downstairs and make his old Mum a good cuppa.




British Gas Hive


To celebrate the launch of British Gas’ Big Energy Saving Week, I have one of British Gas’ HIVE ACTIVE HEATING kits to give away.  Hive Active Heating™ offers you a state of the art kit with everything you need to control your heating and hot water remotely – wherever you are and whenever you want.  How awesome is that?!


To enter, just follow the details in the Rafflecopter below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Please make sure you read the T’s & C’s (listed below) before you enter.  Competition will run until 31st October 2014 – UK entrants only yo.


Terms & Conditions

  • Prize includes the Hive Active Heating™ kit with full installation by a British Gas engineer
  • Promotion limited to one entry per household
  • To see the Hive eligibility criteria visit https://www.hivehome.com
  • In the event that it is not possible to install Hive in a winner’s home, a non-cash prize of equal value will be provided.
  • The winners agree to Hive Active Heating™ Terms and Conditions: https://www.hivehome.com/terms#terms-proinstall
  • The winners will receive contact from British Gas to install their Hive Active Heating™ kits within 28 days of the closing date. If we are unable to contact any of the winners within 28 days of our first attempt to do so, we reserve the right to select another winner for that prize.
  • By entering the promotion, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the rules and consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Data Controller for the purposes of the administration of this promotion and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented. All entry instructions form part of the rules.
  • Your personal details will be retained for 12 months after the closing date and will not be used for any other purpose unless you choose to receive information from the Promoter. By entering into the prize draw, you consent to being contacted by the promoter in accordance with the data protection act 1998.  The promoter may contact you via email, phone or text messaging in order to keep you updated about your entry into the draw.
  • These terms and conditions and any issues or disputes which may arise out of, or in connection with, these terms and conditions (whether such disputes or issues are contractual or non-contractual in nature, such as claims in tort, for breach of statute or regulation or otherwise) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Entrants hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts to settle any such dispute or issues.





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Published by Kate Sutton

Writer, Mother, Dater.

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  1. One thing I love? I am British I can’t do that!! I love my hair colour, it took 35 years to accept it (ginger…) But now I prefer it natural to dyed.

  2. One thing? You want me to limit my love for myself down to one thing hehe. 6
    A few years ago i would struggle to tell you anything, but my 17yr old daughter says im still cool enough to walk down the street with and cant wait to come to bingo with me, so i guess im a cool ginga mumma!

  3. My big mouth, because for once in my job i think its actually got me somewhere. Open mouth put in foot normally!

  4. I’m wary of a little too much ‘self love’ 😉 but I know I love anything that can save me a little bit of money and this seems like it does that perfectly.

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