Baby, It’s Cold Outside is my wife’s favorite Christmas/winter song, but she actually hates being cold. It’s the paradox of women right there, folks. I don’t mind being chilly, I’ll toss on a sweater, turn the heat down, and save some pennies. It’s how dads roll.
My pal Aaron from Daddy Files went viral last year because he’s stubborn. He keeps his thermostat down as low as possible as long as possible.
It was 60 degrees in our house today. I’m writing this in slippers, wool socks, fleece pajamas, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt. My wife and kids are dressed in a similar fashion. We have scarves, long johns, blankets, and electric blankets at the ready at all times.
15 degrees Celsius is about where I drop my overnight temperature – not the one during the day – and my wife hates me for it. We’ll wake to cold floors, chilly noses, and a grumbling look. If you’re sleeping does it matter?
With near 15 overnight and near 21 when we’re awake and home, I had my Nest thermostat set to swing too wide.
Going from colder to warmer takes the furnace a lot of energy to get things heated up in the morning. It’s running longer, and working harder than it should.
Keep your temp settings no more than 4 degrees from hottest to coldest to make sure your furnace isn’t chugging longer than needed.
My furnace tune-up also shed light on my problem with cold air upstairs in our house. We blame it on poor insulation, but later found out we’re blocking cold air returns in the house – these need to be open to the air to suck cold air out, bringing warm air down from the ceiling.
We unplugged our humidifier a couple of years ago, frustrated by the constant leaking. Had I gotten it fixed (or installed a new one), I could save money on heating too.
Moister air is warmer (think about how you feel when you enter the tropical zones at the zoo) and living on the dry prairies means baby it’s cold outside. The humidifier can also be plugged in to my Nest smart thermostat, so that’s handy.
The audit also showed me I need to start thinking about new equipment as mine has reached the 10 yr. mark.
They pointed specifically to my hot water tank. We had a tankless in a previous house, loved it and it’s time to swap out our old beast and get back to that technology.
But that can’t be all I can do to save money on winter heating. Another way to save money on heating is to use electric wall heaters.
I asked my kids to chime in. To appreciate that energy needs to be saved, and is part of being good to the planet. They’re environmentally conscious and want to make sure the planet is perfect for Mother Nature and all her animals.
Here’s how Zacharie thinks we can save money on winter heating:
Wouldn’t you know it? The kid got a couple from the ‘official list’ exactly right without prompting!
The one crucial thing to remember when attempting to save on your utilities is to ensure that you are paying the lowest possible price for the various services at present. For energy, the same applies. Make sure you use energy comparison sites like Electricityrates.com to ensure you are getting the best deal.
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