Canadian here, with British roots a couple of generations or so back.
I have always had an electric kettle - an absolutely essential piece of kitchen equipment. I'm a tea drinker and don't drink coffee at all so it gets used every morning I have breakfast at home. We have one in the kitchen at work, too.
I also use it when a recipe calls for hot water. That way, I can use fresh run cold water rather than water that's been sitting in my hot water tank, gathering metals and plastisizers and who knows what else, in something I'm going to consume.
cwm, I had to use a pot when staying at a friend's place. The trick? Put your mug in the sink and then pour. That way, it doesn't matter if you spill a little.