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I have ranted and raved to pretty much everyone who has been willing to listen (and a few who haven’t) about how appalled I am about the extortionate amount of money UK householders are paying each year on their energy bills. Feedback on my last blog about this suggests that I am not the only one who seems to be paying a high amount, certainly when you consider how quickly energy prices have risen compared to how slowly the average income level has.

Even I however know my limitations and while I might shout, scream and sign as many petitions as I like, my direct debit (still too high for my liking regardless of which company I let bleed me dry) will still go out every month on the dot. I’m now looking for pro-active practical ways to fight the rising energy costs.

I was sent some information from Evohome last year and really did mean to look into it more closely (but didn’t and am now kicking myself).  This system looks set to revolutionise the way that we control the heat in our homes and so how much we pay to heat our homes. I hope the information below which was sent over to me from the PR company working with Honeywell / Evohome is of use to someone out there.

As someone who currently seems to heat large portions of the house when working from home all day (despite promising myself I will run round switching individual radiators off and on or up and down again) this idea does make sense.


Evohome from honeywell available for purchase

find your comfort zone with the new Evohome From honeywell


Honeywell, the heating control specialist and one of the world’s leading thermostat and heating controls manufacturers, has announced that Evohome – a new intelligent heating system that controls heating room-by-room wirelessly – is available for purchase through Honeywell’s Installer Network today.

Evohome delivers greater efficiency by using Smart Zoning technology to transform how homes are heated by offering wireless individual room controls to suit every lifestyle – allowing busy homeowners to only heat the rooms they use, rather than their whole house all of the time.  Upgrading basic timer and thermostat controls to Evohome Smart Zoning can deliver up to 40% savings on heating your home[i].


With Evohome, you can create up to 12 zones in your home that can be controlled individually for maximum comfort and energy.   According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), up to 82 per cent of a typical energy bill is attributed to home heating and hot water[ii] – so whether you are working from home or out for the evening with friends, Evohome provides an opportunity to save energy.


Evohome also combines a raft of smart technology designed to enhance your comfort. From understanding when a window is left open and adapting your heating accordingly, to learning how a house heats up and cools down throughout the year, Evohome is not just a thermostat but the “brains” of your home heating. Intuitive control functions mean settings can easily be overridden when needed, delaying the heating coming on when you arrive home late.

“In the same way you don’t only have one light switch for your entire house, we believe you shouldn’t control your heating with one single switch.” said Jeremy Peterson, GM of Honeywell’s EMEA Home Comfort & Energy Systems division. “With the right heating controls in place you really can make your home your perfect comfort zone by setting different temperatures for different rooms, at different times.

“We’ve done extensive testing proving the energy saving benefits of smart ‘zoning’ and having an accurate, real-time insight into home heating.” continued Peterson. “With uncertainty surrounding energy bills and wintery conditions across the UK, we believe it can help households make real savings on energy bills. Alongside the extra control provided by the smartphone app, it adds up to a sensible home investment for the cold New Year, allowing our customers to find their true comfort zone.”

Evohome features a free, easy-to-use mobile app that allows control of the home’s heating remotely, making it convenient to control your heating wherever you are and whenever you need it. Evohome can ensure your home is cosy and comfortable when you get back home without unnecessarily wasting energy and money whilst you’re out or away. The app incorporates a clean, simple to use design, the ability to control the home remotely, as well as simple quick actions like ‘day off’, ‘economy’ or ‘away’ to tailor the home heating to the ideal comfort zone, fast. Remote access control is available on both iOS and Android, whether on the go or on the sofa.

To make the install process as seamless as possible, Honeywell have launched System Builder, an easy-to-use tool which helps homeowners across the UK understand how they can achieve their perfect heating comfort zone as well key information on the installation process. The System Builder tool will also direct homeowners to either the Honeywell customer services team, who can answer any questions they may have, or to a local installer, enabling customers to get a personalised quote.

Coming in a range of easy-to-match colours, with a high contrast touch screen and a modern design, the Evohome Connected Pack, which includes the internet gateway, is priced from £249 RRP.

Evohome and its accessories are now available to order within the UK and Netherlands. The new Evohome controller, hot water and under floor heating kits will be available to buy from the 27th February.

[i]  Source Energy Saving Research Unit, Strathclyde University 2013 & TACMA 2013 -  Energy savings quoted were calculated using a 3 bedroom, 2 level home, located in the UK, modelling a family of 4 over a typical week’s activity, comparing a evohome smart zoning system, with recommended settings, to a system comprising of a simple timer, single non-programmable room thermostat and no Thermostatic radiator valves.  Individual Energy savings gained are dependent upon existing controls, environment and lifestyle.

[ii] Source DECC 2013


**The information above was supplied to me by a representative of the company in question. If you like the sound of this heating system tool, as I do please conduct your own research to check whether or not this is the right system for you. 


Everywhere I look at the moment someone seems to be pregnant. In fact I’m switching to bottled water because I’m half convinced that there is something in the tap water and my two little darlings are just enough for us.

The great thing though about all of these new babies, those that have arrived and those who will be introducing themselves in the coming months is that as well as cute cuddles there are also some brilliant parties to go to! Christenings are primarily about introducing a child into the church however they are also a wonderful family occasion which enables the proud parents to show off their new arrival. These really are special events and special events deserve special gifts.

It is traditional to bring a gift when coming to a christening however that does not mean that anyone should bankrupt themselves in order to keep up with the Joneses. Gifting a new-born infant with a horse or a set of fifty genuine silver antique spoons could be considered a little too much nowadays as most people look to more practical or smaller yet equally lovely gift ideas.

These days everything seems to cost so much and so it is refreshing to see that there are option for christening gifts which are imaginative as well as budget friendly. The most important part of the christening is that family are able to attend, not that they bring a gift and if extravagant gifts were still the “norm”, on top of accommodation for those coming from out of town, travel costs, outfits and what not, I expect a few people might find themselves bowing out and missing this wonderful occasion.

Christenings for parents are expensive too. There are the outfits, flowers, gifts, food, a photographer or videographer, a hall or venue for the reception; the list never seems to end. do have a handy PDF on their site which enables parents looking to plan their child’s christening to break down the costs and work out a budget they can afford and save towards the christening rather than using costly credit.

See the website for help with budgeting for your christening

See the website for help with budgeting for your christening

Welcoming a child into the world is about family, introducing the child into the church and celebrating their birth and fortunately this is now much more affordable with budget planners and beautiful yet affordable keepsakes to choose from.

We didn’t christen either of our boys however if we had we would also have been looking at a budget christening and hoping no-one spent ridiculous amounts on gifts. Cuddles are much lovelier than a £300 first tooth jar, and much less breakable!

my special keepsakes linen bag

Christening gifts don’t need to be big and flashy to be much loved and appreciated

*This post was written in collaboration with the mentioned business.

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