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A Good Excuse To Eat Maltesers

Every winter, the same discussion:

Me: “When I came home today, there were 6 lights left on around the house.  Why can’t you ever turn off a light? The electricity bill is quite high enough without wasting it.”

Him: “Don’t waste your time worrying about the lights.  Why do you keep leaving heaters on?”

Me: “To stop it getting cold.  To keep the house aired.  To prevent those black spots growing in cold corners.”

Him:  “If you want to keep the electricity bill down, turn off the heaters.  These low energy lights cost next to nothing to run.  It’s keeping the heaters on that costs the money.”

Me:”Yes, but if you leave enough lights on, that will cost a lot too.”

Him:  “Nowhere near as much as the heaters.”

And so on… These discussions in themselves must be energy saving, because we both feel quite heated by the end of them (though I have yet to find a way of making them generate light as well).

But it occurs to me later, (and far too late to count as a witty, argument-winning riposte), that if you follow his logic, you can create a convincing reason for not worrying about eating small chocolates.  Because it’s only the jumbo Toblerones that are going to make me fat.  The odd Malteser is as nothing – as are five, or six, or seven…

A delayed, but a worthwhile, victory.

Author:

Optimistic author, blogger, journalist, book reviewer and public speaker whose life revolves around books. Her first love is writing fiction, including the new Sophie Sayers Village Mystery novels (out 2017), short stories and essays inspired by her life in an English village. She also writes how-to books for authors and books about living with Type 1 diabetes. She is Author Advice Centre Editor and and UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) Advice Centre blog, an ambassador for the children's reading charity Readathon, and an official speaker for the diabetes research charity JDRF.

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