Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill This Winter

As winter rolls around, the electricity bill will go up - and as a frugal couple, we always try to find ways to keep our cost down ! Here are some tips from Tim Smith for some money saving tips !

winter energy saving tips

Winter is a time for holiday cheer, snowball fights and hot chocolate by the fire. Individuals all over the country look forward to these things every year. What they do not look forward to, however, is a huge electric bill. But a few simple changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving money this winter.

Choose the Right Decorations

With the holidays here, no one should have to skip putting up lights just because they cannot afford the bill. Choosing LED lights is an excellent choice for decorating. LED lights use 75 percent less electricity than iridescent lighting. Also, remember to shut the lights off every night before going to bed in order to save energy. If you can, set up an outdoor timer to take care of turning the lights on and off every day.

Unplug What is Not Needed

Along with unplugging lights, unplug everything that is not being used or is not needed. Welcome the natural look and try not to use hair dryers or straighteners. Also, once electronics are charged, make sure to unplug them instead of leaving them to charge overnight, and if lamps are not being used, those can be unplugged as well.

Welcome the Sunshine

During the day, people should use the sun to their advantage. Open up the windows to let the light in, this makes it easier to go about the day with the lights turned off.

Use the Cold

Several states in the U.S. reach below freezing during the winter months. Take advantage of this and use the cold as a refrigerator. Unplug that extra freezer in the garage and keep the food outside. It is probably not a good idea to put food in the yard, but putting it in a garage or shed area will be just as cold as the fridge, this way, someone can unplug extra freezers or refrigerators that take up a lot of energy.

Enjoy Candlelight

Since it is the holidays, a candlelit evening is not only festive, but saves extra money. As often as possible, light candles and enjoy a natural glow during the winter months.

Turn It Down

The thermostat can suck a lot of energy up during the cold season. People need to stay warm and they sacrifice dollars to do so. In order to save some of those dollars, turn the thermostat down when it is not needed. During the night, use extra blankets so the thermostat can be turned down about 10 or 15 degrees. People can even use space heaters in their room so they can turn the thermostat lower during the night. It is also a good idea to turn it down when no one is home.

Winter is not kind to the bills, but even the bills can have holiday spirit, all they need is a little help. So take precautions and enjoy winter blessings. For more energy efficiency ideas check out Modernize.


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Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

This was a pleasant surprise. As we sat down and the group started to have enough people the host came and explained to us the rules of this game we had picked upon recommendation and tonight s mood. Then we started playing board games and ordered food.

The pizza crust is quite thin so a pizza would be about enough for an average size man. I had the arugula and prosciutto and parmesan. There was an abundance of pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. The crust was well toasted and browned. I also ordered the Italian sausage pasta.  The pasta to my surprise was well made as pizzeria pasta sometimes aren't very good.

After several games and about 3 hours of play we get desert, i got the ice cream and sorbet. It was nothing too special really, that is not their specialty. 

Overall great experience, great service and decent price, good pizza, forgettable desert. 

Also, check out their awesome weekly specials !

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Dragon boat paddle comparison

dragonboat paddle

I’m only reviewing the ones I have experience with and are at around the same level.

* To be taken into account is also if there is a local sales rep because when your paddle breaks, the sales reps will replace them for free or fix them if it is within warranty.

Burn water Reactor II: ***

- 420g

- Nice feel and weight balance

- The blade is nice and flat, I like the catch better than the Apex counterpart.

- Seen a lot of handles break off. The sales rep fixed those paddles.

Apex Accelerator: ***

- 420g

shape of blade is triangular, the catch doesnt feel as solid as burn water but it is just my feel.

the handle was attached to the shaft with a triangular end which minimizes surface area for epoxy. Handle came off all the time. More recent models have a screw in there so the handle holds better. My handle and several of my teammates’ handles broke off.

- the weight distribution feels odd, it seems the blade is lighter than the burn water so when you hit a wave, you have to resist harder if you don’t want to lose your grip.

Trivium S12 ****

- 340g

- The paddle is extendable. Now this is a bit overlooked. A lot of first-time buyers are committing to paddle lengths that are shorter than they should be and regret it later on. This takes care of that problem.

- I've broken quite a few paddles in my career. I broke most at the joint between blade and shaft and broke another at the handle. To me, it feels nice to have a paddle that doesn’t have those two weak spots.

The Trivium has handle integrated with the shaft and blade integrated to shaft so there’s less chance of breaking the paddle there on an important race.

- It is more fragile than burn water: if u get hit by somebody behind u, it might leave a dent. Everyone I know who got a trivium swears never to go back to whatever they had before.

- there are also ergonomic handles as an option. not sure it makes a huge difference but because the finish is slightly rounded, you’d get less calus on your palm.

Chinook diablo **

- 545g

chinook's a quick fix.

- Everybody wants to get rid of their chinooks at a later point of their careers to get a higher grade paddle. If u just wanna have something thats better than wood, its a good alternative

- the finish of the blade is bad, the blade chips all over the edge, the entry will get worse and worse.

- The handle is round and a little thinner than the other paddles though and it has small grooves to improve grip. I actually liked that.


- Please don’t

- I always see people using these are it is fairly obvious the stroke is different. This makes it very hard for a team to blend. Typically, you will fall behind on the stroke and have slow recovery because it is much heavier than the carbon fibers.

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We found the best theather in town !

landmark cinemas new west

With the Dolphin Theatres closig its doors, its time for us frugal couple to move onto another home. Then we discovered Landmark theatre new westminster (google map).

Sure we could go to Metrotown Silver city with prebought movie tickets but:

landmark cinemas new west

Advantages of landmark theatre

- book your seat ahead of time so you dont have to wait in line, just like the ultraavx at silvercity but way cheaper

- student pricing 6$ (general 9$, 3d 12$)

- free parking: bring your parking ticket to the cash register, as they check your ticket you get the money back

- not a lot of people- less uninterested movie goers kicking your seat or talking because that's just part of their friday night


- area has nothing much to do

- not many restaurants

- not a lot of movie times for 2d movies (cause if you reading this post you probably dont care for 3d)

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Tuesday night at the museum

Seems like all deals fall on Tuesdays! Well if you’re tired of going to watch movies on Tuesdays and would like to experience something more intellectually stimulating, look no further! Did you know the Vancouver Art Gallery offers a donation’s night on Tuesday? You can still enjoy what others would pay for $20 on other days for whatever you think is reasonable. I recently visited the VAG on a Tuesday for the second time for the Bill Coupland collection! 

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