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Published January 27, 2014, 09:56 PM

Moorhead man keeps his thermostat low all winter, helps lower heating costs

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Not all of us will be turning the thermostats back up.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Not all of us will be turning the thermostats back up.

Jason Rasmussen/Keeping Thermostat Low: "I just don't like being hot."

Hot is definitely not a word we'd use to describe these frigid temps, keeping most of us inside on a day like this.

Rasmussen: "Well you come from outside where it's minus 13 degrees and it always feels warm when you walk somewhere else.

But walking into Jason Rasmussen's Moorhead home.. You may not notice quite a difference.

Rasmussen: "My family, they'll bring their own slippers"

He keeps his thermostat in the low sixties all winter.

Most people keep these set between 68 and 70 during wintertime, but turning your thermostat down just one degree, could save you up to three percent on your heating bill.

Rasmussen: "I know I’m saving money and they have a graph for measuring me against my neighbors, and I am two percent less than my neighbors. I'm the most efficient neighbor they say. "

And Jason is also one of the most high-tech.. Using a wifi programmed thermostat....

Rasmussen: “You can see there's a little wifi symbol at the top, then I have an app on my phone.”

So he can change the temperatures

Rasmussen: “Say I want to set it to 59,”

anywhere he has internet access.

Rasmussen: “you can see it changes to 59 in the corner.”

Rasmussen: “I have it set at certain thresholds that if it falls below and certain temperature it will send me an email, send me a text.”

So he says if you want to bring big savings right to your fingertips, a wifi thermostat is the way to go.

The average family will spend about $700 heating their home this year with natural gas but turning the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees could bring that down more than $100.