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CLOSED. Appliance Anxiety? Check This Out & Win a Set of Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners. CLOSED.


Good old British Gas is leaping to the rescue for all us Brits that spend our precious time worrying ourselves to death about whether we’ve left our straighteners and curlers on.
I don’t know about you, but I have had many a heart stopping panic about whether I have left my straighteners burning into the carpet and have even held and breath and crossed my fingers as I’ve turned the corner to my street in dread of fire engines and smoking embers!
And I have been very very lucky because I have left them turned on, and on quite a few occasions too! I
never learn! And as I am sure you know, I am not alone.

Read on to win these…

Win These Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners

Research has revealed that 30 million of us suffer from  the same ‘appliance anxiety’. Apparently we spend as much as 80 minutes a week worrying about whether we have left the iron, the boiler or the hair stylers on, which actually amounts to a shocking 8 months of our lives just WORRYING! Hideous!! 
And that’s without going into the amount of money we waste leaving these appliances switched on. It’s millions by the way.

So in response to this, the next generation smart meter from British Gas has been developed which has a traffic light system that indicates when appliances are switched on. Technology is also being worked on to allow customers to remotely control their central heating and household appliances using smart phones. Yay!

So if you are out, and you start to worry, you can check it and fix it before you can say “Oh god I think I’ve left  the bleeping straighteners on! PHEWPH!
And to celebrate these super clever developments, I have a pair of Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners to give away to one lucky ReallyRee reader.
All you have to do:
1. Leave a comment below saying what you think of this new technology from Brisitsh Gas and how you would use it!
2. Tweet: Win a set of Cloud Nine Straighteners with @ReallyRee & British Gas – 
Remember to let me know you’ve tweeted in your comment!


Looking forward to hearing from you and what you think about the ‘Applicance Anxiety’ Technology.
*This giveaway is open to the UK only. It is open now and will run until Sunday 22nd January 2012. I will choose the winner shortly after that.

Unless otherwise indicated products reviewed are press or brand samples. Links may be affiliate links.

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73 Responses to CLOSED. Appliance Anxiety? Check This Out & Win a Set of Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners. CLOSED.

  1. Rhoda January 6, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Oh wow I’ve never heard of this before, what a fab idea! I frequently worry about what I’ve left on, this would really put my mind at ease! I wonder if they can create one for “have I locked the front door?”
    Tweeted too, @rhodak09

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  2. Nickie January 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I think it’s a great idea! I’d love to be able to control things remotely more – on *and* off. I think of my poor doggies who can get caught out without the heating on during a day that suddenly gets cold, not to mention things like leaving the straighteners switched on (thank goodness for heat-resistant mats, or I’d be living in ruins).

    tweeted, @nickiem

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  3. Betty Leopard January 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    This new tech would be a godsend for stopping me worrying about my straighteners. In the past I’ve even resorted to taking pictures of my unplugged and switched off straighteners so I can reassure myself later in the day (OCD much?).
    Great article and giveaway!

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  4. samantha fox January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    how clever, it will make everyone know, so then my partner and step son can stop wasting so much energy, bills will be cheaper, carbon footprint will be less so its a win win all round, fantastic idea !!! x

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  5. Kasia Gospos January 6, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Gosh, i thought this post is about ME!!!!

    I always worry, or let me explain better, I always leave appliances on and then my lovely boyfriend worries. He knows me so he is always checking up everything before we leave. But if he forgets then we worry together !!!!

    I love the idea of remote control – how smart!!!! this is exactly the direction where the latest techlology should go. I can forget to turn off the iron or straightener but I never NEVER forget to take my iPad and HTC out

    Kasia @LeadersinHeels

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  6. Unknown January 6, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    AMAZING. Not only have I left my hair straighteners on and forgotten about them before, but I have also burnt my foot (a day before New York) after forgetting that they were left on! Consequently, I spent most of the holiday hobbling around. I even hopped my way around the Rockefellar ice ring because I didn’t want to miss out :/

    What a plonker! Love this idea! Mags xx

    Tweeted @smartgirltravel

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  7. Kasia Gospos January 6, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    and of course I tweeted

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  8. Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger January 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Ooh I think that’s really exciting and pretty futuristic. Plus would it save money too?

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  9. Jude January 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    What a fabulous idea, I like the idea of being able to switch on the heating whilst on my way home on my phone πŸ™‚ Jude xx

    Have tweeted as @jadlgw

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  10. beano54 January 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    hope you had a great christmas
    what a great development, am a british gas user but did not know of this
    mine would be a laptop which never needed charging, you may find this silly lol
    have tweeted about this comp, twitter name is yasminec9
    would love to win
    thank you

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  11. Aimee Bradley January 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    firstly how amazing is that idea! i expect i would use it every day knowing how awful my memory is. and it would save me money so i can spend it lse where like makeup lol

    i also tweeted hun!/Dream1ncolour/status/155270776952598528


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  12. My Plus Sized Wardrobe January 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I think this is an amazing idea! the amount of time i have set of to work only to turn around an go home to check i have turned my straightners of is rediculous! I would actually use this app everyday!

    I have also tweeted this! @plussized22 on twitter!


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  13. JenLa January 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    This is such an amazing invention. It would save me getting out of the car and running back in the house every morning to check I’ve turned off straightners, curlers etc! I do it nearly every day guaranteed!

    Another fab giveaway Ree. Thank you.

    I’ve tweeted (@jen__la)

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  14. Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I think it’s perfect because my teenage daughter ALWAYS leaves her straighteners, TV and lap top on, when my teenage son leaves his TV, X-box and phone charger on. This would save me stacks on bills, I’m sure. Will be re-tweeting this.


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  15. abbbyyyy January 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    I’ve tweeted (@hxppxe) and I’d use it to get to work on time and save a few grey hairs that I know are ready to burst forth. I worry so much I find it’s easier to go without then to spend an entire day panic stricken!

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  16. Esther January 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    This would be a really handy tool for my family. With two little ones to look after, life can be chaotic and there has definately been more than one occasion that I have left the iron on. This would let me keep track of what I have left on and also save me money in times where fuel costs are rising

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  17. milkpetal January 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    How clever! I’m forever checking I’ve turned things off, so this would be a godsend! Turning the heating on via your phone would be amazing too – nice toasty house to come home to! Thanks for such a lovely competition. I’ve tweeted too πŸ™‚ @milkpetal

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  18. mummy24 January 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    What a great idea, i would use it for checking if my straightners or iron had been left on!

    i have tweeted as @ashlallan

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  19. Beauty Daze January 7, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    This is such a fab idea! Like you Ree, I’ve often been silently praying to myself as I go home that I’m not going to come home to a house in flames because of my idiocy.
    I do almost everything off my phone, including writing & posting blog posts at time. So being able to control the heating & what appliances are on in my flat sounds like a great idea!

    Steph xx

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  20. Beauty Daze January 7, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Btw, I have also tweeted (@singingurl_22) xx

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  21. twannywun January 7, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Sounds pretty nifty, but will have to see how well it works!
    Knowing me I’d probably forget to check my phone too though!
    karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  22. twannywun January 7, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    oh sorry! And I tweeted! @twannywun

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  23. Tara January 7, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Wow i was only talking about these straightners with my hairdresser yesterday! as i hadnt heard of them before at they are fab (shes used them on my thick frizzy hair)
    As for British gas! what a brill idea, im am slighty ocd & check the house at least 3 times before i go out so im so glad they are doing this, will help me get out my house alot quicker.
    Fav giveaway thankyou Ree. xx

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  24. Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    this is a great idea ..I’ve been known to spoil a night out by turning back to check if appliances are switched off ,bit ocd that way ,I’m the one who turns things on to make sure they were turned off in the first place ,lol Tweeted the competition @PatLawton1 (Pat Lawton)

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  25. Alison Reid January 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    So clever!! I can’t imagine what my bus journey home would be like without the worry of getting ‘the look’ from my boyfriend for running out of the house and leaving stuff on! Tweeted as @eoinsmissus

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  26. Nicola January 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    That’s such a good idea, I think most of us realise we may have left something on when we are too far away to turn back, but now, problem solved !
    Tweeted @hally17

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  27. Katherine January 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    This technology sounds brilliant!

    There are countless times I can name that I have left the house and for the entire day, worry about having left something on. The main appliances are my little space heater and my iron! The worst is wondering if I’m going to come home and hoping everything is ok …

    I’d love to win this hair straightener. And if I do win it, I’ll alway remember not to leave on every time I use it I’m sure! πŸ˜‰

    have tweeted xx @KookyKaty

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  28. HannahLea January 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Its a brilliant idea! I’m always late to anywhere I go cos I have to check around the house several times to make sure that everything is switched off before I leave. My husband thinks I’m crazy!
    Tweeted as @MummyBee81

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  29. Nikki January 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Another reason why I need to get a smart phone. I’m always late for everything cos I spend so much time going back and forth checking if I’ve switched stuff off!!

    Tweeted at @slaws

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  30. Anonymous January 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    hi i have compleated! plz pik me to win πŸ™‚ xx @lauracourtney4

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  31. A Lauren to Herself January 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Brilliant idea, I’m forever wondering if I’ve left my straigheners on!

    I tweeted too: lauren2herself xx

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  32. Skin Deep Beauty Blogger January 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    What a fab idea!
    I have 2 male housemates who I suspect are getting rather fed up of a panicked me phoning & saying, “just wondering if you’re at home? Oh good, can you please check…/ You’re not, um, not to worry, no no, nothing important” (cue further panicking in my head + calculations to see if I can beat them home to meet the fire brigade).
    Tweeting as @Skindeepblogger.

    Thanks! x

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  33. Stephanie xo January 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Amazing. My hairdresser uses these straighteners – they’re incredible.

    I’d use it to stop myself from making my Mum do an emergency stop and then a u-turn on the way to work because I’ve had a total panic attack that the house is going to burn down because I’ve left my straighteners on.

    Just tweeted as well xox (@_sugartown) xx

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  34. ali thorpe January 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    My regular ‘appliance’ fear is that I have left the oven on and I often get out of bed to check, even though our gas oven has an auto shut-off facility.

    Remote technology sounds fantastic and I would definitely use it. BUT I am so paranoid regarding things like this that I can picture myself staring at my phone, sitting on a train or something miles from home, having used the technology to switch off the iron, thinking “what if the remote technology didn’t work and the iron IS STILL ON!?!”

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  35. ali thorpe January 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Forgot to mention I am tweeting as @alicomps x

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  36. TalulaB January 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Thats such a fab idea – I dont worry so much about my straighteners (anymore) as after leaving them on in the past i always make sure i buy ones that automatically turn off after so long, but it would be fab to know i havent left the iron on !!

    I have tweeted too @talulabblogger

    Tess x

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  37. avmartin30 January 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    wow – not GHD’s theres a first – having a go for these and hopefully will get a chance to pass em to little sister who can put em through her paces πŸ™‚ oh retweeting at CompForumsUK

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  38. HellyW January 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    What an awesome idea – just right for for a scatterbrain like me. I’m forever getting halfway to work then having to double back to check I’ve turned my straighteners off. I would definitely use the technology to check I’d turned my small appliances off and it would be great if conversely it could turn on lights when I am out and it’s getting dusk, I can never get those automatic timers to work so to be able to turn things on and off would be a godsend!

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  39. HellyW January 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    forgot to say am tweeting as @HebeFlowers

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  40. Jenna Suth January 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I hate that feeling you get when you’re away from home and have no way to check so this is perfect! It’s amazing that we’d be able to actually do something about it too.
    I tweeted as @Jennasuth24

    Thanks xx

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  41. hoopie January 9, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    sounds good, as i’m always having to go back and check, but wouldn’t you have to remember to check the British Gas system?

    tweeted: @claireishoop

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  42. Anonymous January 9, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    sounds really good, tweeting @rydertracey

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  43. Kate Webster January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Brilliant idea! About time somebody thought of this instead of having us all panicking!!

    Tweeted @katewebster2

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  44. Alice January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I think the smart phone thing is such a good idea and I would definitely use it. So often I go away for the weekend leaving my heating on full blast so I would make use of it fo’ sho’!

    I have just tweeted about this @Super_Gorgeous thank youuuuu! x

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  45. Lauren January 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I worry that i’ve left my straighteners on ALL THE TIME!
    That would certaintly help me hahah πŸ˜€ xx

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  46. Lauren January 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Oh i forgot to add that I tweeted too- @LAAUREN_LOVE xx

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  47. louise January 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    What a good idea! I’d definitely use it as I’ve left my hair curlers on a few times and managed to burn the carpet in my bedroom!


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  48. Claire January 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm #


    Slight OCD here with checking they off esp when I leave the house!!!


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  49. Dejeniera January 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Wow, this tech really seems spot on! I would hate to come home to any damage. I’ve tweeted @dejanestpas

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  50. Jemma January 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    This technology sounds fab! I constantly think I’ve left everything on so would sort out my worries right away haha!

    My twitter account is @jemmadm

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  51. kiddie26 January 10, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Such a great idea for a daydreamer like me. my twitter name is also kiddie 26. thanks for such great posts. x

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  52. @laura_clair_ January 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Thats such a great idea, not just for muppets like me who have forgotten to turn off their straighteners & was only saved from serious damage to my home because they had a system that switches them off if they’ve not been touched for 20 minutes, but also for people who think they’ve turned appliances off completely but they are actually on standby using heaps of electricity (my husband is a git for doing this!) & I think this technology will not only reduce peoples bills & their carbon footprint but it will make people more aware of what appliances are actually still switched on when they think they’re off. Anything that educates more people about smart electricity usage & how to reduce their carbon emissions is a great idea in my opinion. @laura_clair_

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  53. MissKathryn January 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Yay!! Finally!! Something for us OCD types who check to make sure things are turned off about 4 times before leaving the house!!

    Tweeted: @kathroooon

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  54. Anonymous January 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    fab!! tweeted

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  55. Lynn January 11, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    That would be great new technology, i’m always thinking about what i might have left on, not just my straighteners but the iron too

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  56. WhatLauraLoves January 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    This is such a brilliant idea! Id use it on nights when I am rushing around to meet the girls and often leave my straightners on, so would be great to be able check and turn them off! I am usually great during day but busy evenings can lead me to forgetting things!

    Ive tweeted you @whatlauraloves and I follow through GFC.

    Hope you’re well Hun

    Laura xoxo

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  57. hayxsg January 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    great news 4 me, n o.c.d of checking hair straighteners r off πŸ™‚

    tweeted: hayxsg
    and google+

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  58. Katarzyna January 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    OMG it’s a really amazing idea!! I have a huge problem with wondering if I left something switched on or not πŸ˜‰

    and this prize would be a perfect gift for my sister who lives in UK! πŸ™‚



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  59. Lucy Abigail January 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Ommggg fab idea! Wow the ammount of panick attacks me and my mum have had in our lives over heated appliances! I have done both the steps! Thanks for the oppertunity to win such a fab prize! I followed you on @Lucy894 Much Love Lucy

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  60. Heather Cranmer January 14, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    What a great idea! I am one of those worriers, lol. I’m always afraid I’ve left something on & it will start a fire! I’d use this technology so make me less worried!!

    I have tweeted here:!/Khal_Khaleesi/status/158141489216618496 @khal_khaleesi


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  61. Jo Y January 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Wow what a clever idea and it sounds so simple too πŸ™‚

    I have tweeted as @BoostieBoo

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  62. ktcoventry January 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Wow, what a great idea! I would use it in loads of ways… I always worry about whether myself or the hubby have left various appliances on, so I’d defo use that part of it. I’d also like to set the heating just before I leave work (yeah, there are timers, but I never get home the same time every day!). I’d also use it to turn the heating off if I’m out longer than expected!

    I have also tweeted as @ktcoventry

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  63. ktcoventry January 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I’d use it to switch off various appliances, and to set the heating.

    Have tweeted as @ktcoventry

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  64. CHOCOAJ January 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Where has this technology been all my life ,the times i have gone back home just to check if i have switched something off or not ! lol

    I have tweeted as @CHOCOAJ

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  65. seaweed January 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Oh what a fantastic idea, where will we go now. This would be great for me as a busy working mum doing shifts and juggling all the daily task. Sending instructions to my smart phone. The only thing would it be to cook dinner well we can only wish

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  66. seaweed January 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I have tweeted as potplant113

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  67. missy_ellie_uk January 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    This is a great idea, definitely something I need since I’ve burned my carpet by leaving a curling tong on all day before….

    I’ve tweeted (@missy_ellie_uk)

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  68. Claire The Beauty Scoop January 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Well it would certainly help with the stress levels of the country, and if it made things safer and saved money on top well that’s just a massive bonus to boot. Fab idea.!/The_BeautyScoop/status/158689235229097984 – tweeted to enter. (The_BeautyScoop)

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  69. Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Controlling your appliances from your smart phone is a great idea! It may be a way off but wouldn’t it be great to boil the kettle when you are 5 mins from home to have a cuppa when you get in! I’m retweeting from @limicooper

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  70. Tracey Berry (bezzzzza) January 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Tweeted @bezzzzza
    Now instead of going round switching everything off and having hubby n daughter moaning about time I’m “wasting” when they want to go out I can do it all from the car (obviously when hubby is driving LOL) – how time saving and worry free is that technology going to be – bring it on! Now! LOL xx

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  71. NicolaAnnaLou January 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I think this is a brilliant idea, i’m always worrying i’ve left appliances switched on and often find myself having to text to get somebody to check for me while i’m out.
    Have tweeted as @NicolaAnnaLou

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  72. Rachel Edwards January 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    I think the remote technology is fantastic. I always panic that I’ve left something on (even though I never do..)

    Tweeted @racheledwards6


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  73. Karen January 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Excellent idea..if I win can I link them up to my oven & iron? That would be amazing!

    Wonder how long it will be before we can control all our appliance in our houses externally? Imagine having dinner ready when you get home from work! …..

    Karen xx

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