Thursday, 16 February 2012

E.ON Innovation

Posted by Sonia at 1:55:00 pm 0 comments
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This month E.ON has launched a crowdsourcing project called E.ON Innovation to find the next generation of energy products and services. This online community is open to the UK public and will feature five challenges to coincide with episodes of the new Channel 4 Show Home of the Future. The winner from each of the five challenges will be the one with the best idea submission and will each win a home energy makeover worth up to £2,000; this could include some really exciting gadgets from the Channel 4 series 'Home of the Future' to make you home more energy efficient. Judges will then go on to choose an overall winner out of the five finalists who will go on to win home energy makeover worth up to £10,000 ! All of the five winning ideas will be developed by E.ON with the intention of the products and services becoming a reality during 2012. There will also be two runner up prizes of £100 in Homebase vouchers. E.ON will be encouraging participation by giving out £100 Homebase vouchers to the best participant each week, you will also earn badges and points for voting and commenting within the community. You can follow the conversation about this project by following E.ON on Twitter (@talkingenergy) and looking out for the hashtag #eoninnov.

The first challenge is now live and is about Rest and asks participants 'how could the home ‘learn’ about your energy use in order to create a more restful environment?' Some of the ideas that are already in the forum are incredible I have no idea how I can come up with something better! Even if you have no intention of taking part then I would recommend going and reading some of the ideas and voting for your favourite.  You can look for inspiration within the community or go to the Home of the Future Website. Each week there will be a new theme - work, food, play & well-being. I really love this idea and would absolutely love to win a home energy makeover; living in an old Victorian house we are not exactly energy efficient! So I've now got to get my thinking cap on to come up with some fantastic ideas!! I get so excited when thinking about the future; everything has come so far since I was a little girl and I just find it totally mind-blowing! I just cannot wait to see what the final five ideas are and how E.ON will develop them.
You can watch the 'Rest' episode of Homes of the Future on 4oD and watch out for the 'Work' episode coming on Sunday 19th February 2012 and then the new challenge for 'Work' will be open to ideas. Make sure you catch the show to get your energy saving juices flowing!

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Spend Vouchers, Get Rewards!

Posted by Sonia at 1:50:00 pm 3 comments
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I have had my Tesco Clubcard for many years now (atleast 10) and I always look forward to receiving my Clubcard vouchers to spend in store. You can also use them at Tesco filling stations, online at and Tesco Direct.  I have heard many people talking about using their Clubcard vouchers to buy tickets for day trips or go out for meals but until recently I never looked into it! I really wish I had discovered it sooner!
Did you realise for every £5 you get in Clubcard vouchers you can get up to £20 in reward tokens to spend on days out, eating out and even towards holidays! My favourite restaurant is Pizza Express and for just £5 of my Clubcard vouchers I would get £20 in Pizza Express tokens! There are many other restaurants to choose from such as Ask, Bella Italia & Cafe Rouge.
As well as restaurants there are many many other Clubcard Rewards to choose from; such as Flowers & plants, Cinema tickets & Movie rentals, many many days out, travel, hotel breaks, theatre shows, magazine subscritions and many many more. If there is one good reason to shop at Tesco then I think this is it! I will certainly using my vouchers on Clubcards rewards in future and not wasting them on a bottle of wine ;O)

The kids have been wanting to go to Thomas land at Drayton Manor for a while now; so that is my mission - to get enough rewards to take us there for the day! I think it is absolutely brilliant and everyone must have a Clubcard and cash in on their rewards; if you do your weekly shop at Tesco anyway the points soon mount up and over a year you would get a good amount of vouchers to use.

I also just want to make you aware of your Clubcard account online - here you can view all the vouchers you have earned, which you have spent and which you still have left to spend - so if you have ever lost them you can just go to your Clubcard account and print them off to spend in store or get a code to spend online! I know quite a few people who have done this and been very surprised at how much they had to spend still! Go over now and see if you have any :O) Tesco Clubcard

How about you? Do you use Tesco Clubcard? Have you exchanged yours for rewards? Please do let me know. I'm really interested to see how people spend theirs... 

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