Compo Beach SnowDecember can be a very expensive month for homeowners. The cold weather is here, the heat is running constantly, the days are shorter which means using lights more frequently, and the gift giving and family visits really add up. The good news is there are little things Connecticut homeowners can do to save in big ways.  

1.       Keep the fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep the heat from going up the chimney.  

2.       Dim lights by 10 to 15 percent. This small adjustment may not be noticeable to your eye but can make a big difference in your electric bill. 

3.       Have you checked your attic lately? Heat rises and you could be losing money and heat through attic cracks.  Seal attic cracks and add extra insulation to the floor or between the joists.

4.       Add window coverings. This may not be consistent with our staging suggestions but unless you are preparing your home for the market, we actually suggest adding window treatments to help keep cold air out. 

5.       Install vacancy sensors on lights. Yes, they make these! Motion sensors that detect when there has been no motion in a room and automatically turn lights off. 

6.       Invest in Programmable thermostats. Turn the temperature down when you are at work and have it automatically go up 30 minutes before you return. Also lower temperature for sleeping.

7.       Close heating vents in unused rooms. Why spend money heating rooms that are not often in use? Of course be sure that the rooms don’t get too cold, especially bathrooms, vacant in-law apartments, or other rooms with plumbing. 

Do you have any additional suggests on how Connecticut homeowners can save money? We would love to hear them!

Check back next month or follow us on Twitter @CScottDaniels, #CTHomeInfo. We will be offering January tips for emergency preparedness to help keep your family safe during this cold winter season.