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?

I recently had Direct Energy come by and give my furnace a tune-up and found, to my wife’s pleasure, that my overnight chill was the absolute wrong way of doing things.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 to ensure you are getting the best deal.

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  1. Rebby December 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    My #LiveBrighter energy savings tip is to seal around your window and door frames with a silicone or similar type sealant to prevent drafts from sucking all that heat out of your home that you’re paying for!

  2. Carl Bainbridge December 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I use blackout blinds and we are at the stage we need to change our windows (they are 27+ years old)

  3. Debbie Bashford December 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    If your cold add a sweater layer #LiveBrighter

  4. Dot Pyefinch December 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I do laundry from 7:00 p.m. onwards BUT stop doing laundry the next day at 7:00 a.m. I always look forward to doing the rest of the laundry on Saturday and Sunday. You can save on electricity by doing this.

  5. John C December 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    my energy saving tip is to make sure to turn off all lights before going out and make sure to adjust thermostat before going on a trip. #LiveBrighter

  6. J OB December 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    #LiveBrighter, turn off the lights and get used to being chilly in this house.

  7. Jan December 15, 2015 at 2:11 am

    #LiveBrighter She said to close the fridge door!

  8. mrdisco December 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    my tip is to wear socks and a sweater more often indoors

  9. DebP December 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I keep the house pretty cool, and use a small space heater in the evenings in our living room.

  10. heidi December 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Close vents in spare rooms

  11. Kim M December 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I swear by LED lights.

  12. Krista M December 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Change those dirty furnace filters & have your vents cleaned at this time of year! #LiveBrighter

  13. Darwin December 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    My son says to wear more sweaters and socks. #LiveBrighter

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